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Kung Fu Panda 2

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Jennifer Yuh
  • 90 mins
  • PG

Summary

Animated comedy adventure sequel with Jack Black as the voice of martial arts master Po. In order to stop the plot of evil peacock Lord Shen, Po must embark on a journey to discover the truth about his childhood.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The kung fu-fighting animal novelty has slightly worn off with this follow-up, which lacks the awesomeness that made the original adventure so delightful. In the still gorgeously designed China, Dragon Warrior Po (voiced by Jack Black) must find his "inner peace" and learn the truth about his childhood. Only then can he defeat evil peacock Lord Shen (a deliciously malevolent Gary Oldman) and his plan to stop kung fu with a new super weapon. The movie is as busy and crisply detailed as ever, and the action sequences involving rickshaw chases, martial arts dust-ups and cannonball juggling score high. But the plot is all rather familiar and the dry humour feels forced, with the best scenes belonging to Shen's fast-feather dexterity. Despite the likes of Michelle Yeoh and Jean-Claude Van Damme joining the returning high-calibre voice cast, much of director Jennifer Yuh Nelson's feature debut is stale and the franchise drags, rather than races, towards the promise of another sequel.

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Credits

Cast

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PoJack Black
TigressAngelina Jolie
Master ShifuDustin Hoffman
Lord ShenGary Oldman
MonkeyJackie Chan
MantisSeth Rogen
ViperLucy Liu
CraneDavid Cross (2)
Mr PingJames Hong
SoothsayerMichelle Yeoh
Master CrocJean-Claude Van Damme
Wolf bossDanny McBride (2)

Crew

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DirectorJennifer Yuh

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2011-06-10
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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