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Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Released:  Thursday, May 26, 2011  
Length:  95 minutes
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Genre: Family
Rating: Kung Fu Panda 2 is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may not be suitable for children.


Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu.

It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it. But how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

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Zoo Atlanta and Dreamworks Animation Announce Panda Cub's New Name  2/16/2011 2:20 PM EST
ATLANTA - February, 2011 ? Officials at Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) have issued a joint announcement that the only giant panda cub born in the U.S. in 2010 has a name: Po. The name is a tribute to the lead character, Po the panda, in the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film, Kung Fu Panda 2, which will be distributed by Paramount Pictures starting on May 26, 2011.The...  More>>

Kung Fu Panda 2 Theatrical Review

The Dragon warrior is back in the theaters this Memorial Day weekend with the release of Kung Fu Panda 2.  The story takes place a little while after the first Kung Fu Panda film (2008). 
After earning the respect he deserved at the end of the last film, Po (Jack Black), along with the Furious Five -Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper, and Monkey have been saving China from the hoards that would threaten its quiet peaceful villages…that is until a banished lord, Shen, rises from the outskirts to take over China.  Armed with determination, Po and the Furious Five set out to defend China from Lord Shen and his secret weapon; but unbeknownst to them are Lord Shen and Po have met before.
Every year animated feature films continue to reach higher and higher into the sky with their animation and depth used in their storytelling.  Kung Fu Panda 2 does not buck the trend and brings computer animated films to new heights with their stylized version of China.  It hasn't looked so good since the 2-D Mulan that Disney brought to audiences back in the 1990s.  Adding to the film emersion created by Dreamworks animation team, is one of the best 3D films that has appeared yet this year. The third dimension applies a great deal of depth to Kung Fu Panda 2 -- allowing the audience to be entirely immersed in Po's world.
While the animation and 3D in this sequel are simply amazing, it is unfortunate that the story sets the film back a bit.  While the screenwriters Jonathan Aibel, and Glenn Berger try to create an interesting a tale, it lacks the depth one would come to expect for family films in this day and age. In fact, only when they resort to on-screen slapstick or banter does the film actually gives the audience its monies worth.  At the same time, even though Kung Fu Panda 2 has some great voice talents such as Jack Black, Dutin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, and Gary Oldman, their voices fall flat on the screen as it appears the characters are wooden and do not show any emotion.
Even though the film lacks somewhat, Dreamworks has nicely positioned Kung Fu Panda 2's release date by being the only true family-friendly film to be out during the long holiday weekend so it should fair pretty well at the box-office.  Hopefully, however, this will be the last time we see Po and The Furious Five at our local cinemas.


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