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The runaway hit Kung Fu Panda 2 delivered a cute, cuddly bear for girls, martial arts for boys and enough of a dim-sum sampler of Chinese references to make it a record-breaking smash in China. The first Kung Fu Panda movie also had the advantage of being good, goofy and fun.
Inspired by Tex, a bouncy-ball animation character of Po as a blubbery and round housing hero ricocheted across the screen from speedy slapstick sequence to the sequence of rolling down the stair. The creation of Po are also assisted enormously by the elastic voice of exaggerated eyebrow-archer Jack Black. All of that makes its sequel want to deliver more heaping serving of the same goofy but adorable Po.
Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie begins where the first left off as Po becoming celebrity for saving the village. Fame is not enough to be a true hero mastering kungfu. Po’s kungfu instructor informs him he needs to find inner peace to get to the new level of martial art. That entails finding his real parents. His search instigates traumatic memories beginning with the day he was abandoned in a radish crate outside the goose’s noodle shop. It gets weird in one fever dream sequence, Po imagines being bludgeoned and beaten by a radish his parents love more than their own son making him afraid that he was traded up because his real parents didn’t love him.
Kung Fu Panda 2 online veers from silly to serious. Just a minute ago, Po is bouncing bad guys off his belly like tennis balls on a tom-tom, and then, we’re flashing back to his baroque origin story. Po discovers that the evil peacock Lord Shen didn’t just attempt to murder Po’s parents. He embarked on a terrifying genocidal purge of all the pandas on Earth due to the prophecy that a panda will defeat him. Po is led to believe that he may be the very last panda living after his parents were mercilessly slaughtered, abandoning him as an orphan.
The darker events are borderline inappropriate, but it’s a beautifully animated film, so in overall, it’s a blast. In fact, the spectacular last battle between the peacock’s forces and the panda’s merry band of pranksters is so fast and funny. The eradication of a species is almost forgotten.