Excerpt: "Kung Fu Panda 2" is one of those rare sequels that are as good as the original. It's also a film that both adults and children can enjoy. Check it out in theaters as the 3D on the big screen enhances the animation.
Conclusion: The movie could have benefited from a better script but it was still an enjoyable movie even though it played it fairly safe since it was essentially the first movie all over again but with some added mysticism. The animation is excellent and if you love these movies, I can easily recommend this Blu-ray with it’s perfect video and sound and it’s extensive special features!
Excerpt: To overcome incredible odds to become the Dragon Warrior, so now he’s living the good life. Surrounded by friends and fans, he is finally the hero he always dreamed of becoming. But that idyllic situation is shattered when his father Mr. Ping reveals that he isn’t Po’s biological parent. This opens up a flood of memories from Po’s past, as he tries to put together the pieces of his fractured youth.
Summary: The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now. What a fun, fun ride. Kung Fu Panda 2 is every bit as good as, and perhaps better than, the original Kung Fu Panda . It sets the stage for what promises to be a gripping and emotional third entry, a movie that can't come fast enough and that's teased by a brilliant finale in Kung Fu Panda 2 , a finale that underscores and promises to reshape all of that film's character growth and dynamics.
Conclusion: Though no landmark to which all future DreamWorks films will be measured, Kung Fu Panda 2 is sharp, technically proficient, and plenty entertaining. The movie alone would be recommended viewing, but DreamWorks has given this sequel a dazzling hi-def presentation and packed it with substantial bonus features, including a commentary, a picture-in-picture mode, a new short, a full television episode, and an expansive online game.
Excerpt: Kung Fu Panda 2 doesn’t look forward so much as it looks back, Po (Jack Black) forced into the realization he was adopted while dealing with the abandonment from his parents. It’s a darker swing for this now franchise, keeping Po in the dark figuratively and literally, while creating a character synergy between the punching panda and his adversary.
Excerpt: Po the Panda (Jack Black, School of Rock ) is living the good life: he's mastered kung fu, he has friends who love him, and countless fans who offer endless praise each day. However, he's just made a startling discovery: Mr. Ping the Goose (James Hong, Big Trouble in Little China ) isn't his biological father. Po was adopted as a child, but his memories of his parents are extremely hazy.
Excerpt: The Film Sequels are rather tough to get right. Disney/Pixar has managed to get stronger with every Toy Story film, but that's rather rare if you ask me. Cars 2 was significantly weaker than the original and DreamWorks got a tad lazy with all of the Shrek sequels. Kung Fu Panda was a fun film (one of the few Jack Black films I've ever enjoyed) and the story certainly cried out for another chapter.