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Po and his friends fight to stop an peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 7.4/10 (56,149 voted)
Critic's Score: 67/100
Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan
Storyline In the Valley of Peace, Po Ping is revelling in his fulfilled dreams as he serves as the fabled Dragon Warrior protecting his home with his heroes now his closest friends. However, Po and company learn that the murderous Lord Shen of Gongman City is threatening the land with a fearsome new weapon that could mean the end of kung fu. They attempt to stop him, but the panda is burdened with crippling memory flashbacks linked to this villain. Now with China in the balance, Po must learn about his past and find true inner peace against all opposition.
Writers: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Cast: Jack Black
Master Storming Ox
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Master Thundering Rhino
Gorilla Guard #1
(as Michael Patrick Bell)
Opening Weekend: $47,835,000
(29 May 2011)
(25 September 2011)
Did You Know?
As of September 2011, this is the biggest box office success for a film with a female director (Jennifer Yuh).
Errors in geography:
Gorillas are not native to China. See also
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five.
Stop fighting. Let it flow.
An emphatic return with a darker story; great movie with lots in it for the adults as well
The question that has been floating around about Kung Fu Panda 2 is if
it is Shrek 2 or Toy Story 2 of animated sequels? Well, I'm happy to
say it's Toy Story 2 kind of animated sequel - a genuine good movie
that takes risks and succeeds rather than rehashing the first movie.
Po isn't as much of a gastro-kung-fu fighter and fanboi from the first
movie but has grown in his personality; he's less the Jack Black as a
panda and more of a character that stands on it's own. However, Po is
now the tragic hero in a Greek style prophecy which foretells of a
warrior in black and white who would defeat a certain Lord Shen who has
invented a new weapon that could spell the end of kung-fu. As Po learns
that he is adopted, he struggles to find out about his past and the
strange symbol from his nightmares. The heavy subject matter doesn't
weight down the movie and is continually and cleverly able to escape
into funny moments without losing gravitas. It successfully weaves the
topics of fatherhood, friendship and family into a colorful story that
even though we know how it will end, it gets there very very
I'm really glad that Kung Fu Panda 2 didn't go the route of being a
purely children's movie and didn't go the route of being built on jokes
of Po's eating and Po's weight. I suppose the fortune cookie philosophy
of master Shifu is slightly missed but purely a small quibble in a good
movie. As a final note, maybe it's because of my eyesight with a weaker
left eye, I barely noticed the 3D at all. Highly recommended movie.