Animation Movies, by Ajay Singh, 01 September 2011

Director: Jennifer Yuh

Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan

Country: USA

Runtime: 91 Min

Release Date:

Language: English

Jennifer Yuh & Kung Fu Panda Characters

Jennifer Yuh & Kung Fu Panda Characters

Director Jennifer Yuh brings this animated Jack Black vehicle to the screen and it’s one of those rare sequels which is a massive improvement over the original.

Po the Panda and other characters

Po the Panda and other characters

Po, the panda of the title and his band, the furious five are once again defending the valley of peace when they are confronted by a new threat. Lord Shen, a white peacock. You might pause for thought about the idea of a peacock being threatening, but it’s voiced by Gary Oldman which makes it completely believable. Shen has developed technology which will put an end to all Kung fu and therefore allow him to conquer China. Po and the Furious Five race against time to destroy this new threat and as they do,Pobegins to suspect that Shen may be connected to his own past as a lost panda.

Much of what was wrong with the first movie has been fixed here, the humour this time is genuinely hilarious rather than having all the subelty of a blunt sledgehammer, and the characters seem to have developed and become more mature, exactly as they would in real life. there’s a real sense of attention to detail with their progressions which is refreshing to se in such fare as this and it enhances the overall quality of the movie considerably. It’s also got a surprisingly touching storyline, again the word “mature” comes to mind, withPo’s voyage of self discovery neatly counter pointing the main plot. The voice talent is superb throughout, with Jack Black toning down his antics to deliver a much more engaging performance and Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman providing excellent backup. A listers all the way for this film.

The direction is great, with a lot of attention clearly being paid to the 3D sequences which really work in context and are not tacked on for effect alone. The animation is similarly astonishing, easily up there with the best of Pixar and all in all this is a great movie, one that outshines its predecessor and has enough going on for adults as well as kids to make it a full on family favourite. Definitely worth seeing, especially if you weren’t that impressed with the first movie.

Kung Fu Panda 2 Trailer

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