Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie is exactly great as you’d expect, and it also offer more. The animation is elegant, the story is much more involving than the first movie, and there’s boundless energy throughout the movie.
This sequel is not a dutiful retread of Kung Fu Panda 1 full movie but an ambitious extension, and that makes it better than its original. As the world of Kung Fu Panda extended, we finally get to the mystery of how Mr. Ping, a goose, could be the biological father of Po, a panda. Po’s parenthood is explained here, and it has a great deal to do with new developments in the kingdom.
While the waistline of Po slims down, his legend expands in Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie, a sequel lacking the element of surprise after the original sneaked up on audiences like a ninja. The movie is even more gorgeous to behold and deeper in substance as Po (Jack Black) seeking for inner peace and the truth about his parentage. That’s heavy stuff for a panda to carry on his sloped shoulders, and also occasionally for a movie aimed at children. Also, Kung Fu Panda 2 movie contains enough silliness and stunts kids shouldn’t try at home to remain entertaining, but this is still a remarkably mature PG cartoon.
Like the franchise, Po has grown up fast. He’s eating healthier as he settling into his role as Dragon Warrior and front bear for the Furious Five band of martial arts critters. Watching him clumsily grow into his destiny was inspiring, and I miss that. Now, Po’s problems are disturbing with the parenthood angle smacks of Herod and the Holocaust, so after-show talks might be in order.
The movie is directed by the first-time director Jennifer Yuh Nelson. She earned this gig after designing the first movie’s opening sequence. Nelson goes for a Zhang Yimou epic vibe this time around with vast landscapes, shadow puppet effects, grand palace designs and bold colors leaping off the screen in 3D. The surcharge for glasses is worth it this time. Sensing that some celebrity voices were shortchanged in part one, screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger give extra business for Mantis (Seth Rogen) and Crane (David Cross) while Viper (Lucy Liu) and Monkey (Jackie Chan) take it easier this time. Tigress (Angelina Jolie) softens her attitude toward Po as his resolve toughens. His maturity also eliminates the need for Hoffman’s verbal slow burns as Shifu.
We are living in an era that movies filled with technological advancements and sterling storytelling are creating a generation of young moviegoers wise about genres and styles and fortunate enough to be able to pick and choose. In that case, Kung Fu Panda 2 movie plunks down squarely in the spot marked for “chop-socky action with heart. Some of its lightning-fast fighting styles seem borrowed from videogame aesthetics, but director Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s true cannon fist is how seamlessly “Panda’s” wild skirmishes mesh with its eloquent narrative, even if there are less pauses for reflection this time ’round.
The story picks up at the point the first movie left as plump dumpling-loving Po (Jack Black) continuing his Dragon Warrior tutelage with Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). Po is plagued by visions leading him to finally question whether the noodle-cooking goose Mr. Ping (James Hong) is really his father. The inner peace Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) preaches seems out of reach without solving that one issue. Then, a new threat to China’s harmony emerges. Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), an evil peacock whose peace-loving parents were fireworks artisans, returns from his banishment with a weapon that is able to wipe out kung fu and ensure his ruling over China. Still, it was foretold that Shen would rule unchallenged until a black-and-white mammal from a nearby village would defeat him. Therefore, Shen slaughters all the village’s pandas, and that is an act leaving him banished. His revenge will come by way of a fireworks cannon created to destroy all kung fu. When Shen’s minions meet Po and the Furious Five, the fight burst out. Then, the mark of Shen’s army triggers a buried memory within Po which turns the mission of protecting China and kung fu into a journey to discover his past.
Aside from crisp visuals and no-fat way with martial arts movie traditions, the biggest achievement of the Kung Fu Panda movies is how they distill their star’s very Jack Black-ness down to its most bearable form. Always the wildest guy in the room, Black has turned into a living Gulliver’s Travels. Yet, as in Kung Fu Panda, he gives a charmingly vulnerable but sly vocal performance with plenty of sass and a decent side order of soul. Tigress has a bigger role as soon as the fur starts flying since the general absence of Shifu creates a void. Still, Shifu is around long enough to impart some crucial wisdom about inner peace and self-acceptance that viewers as young as 6 will be able to grasp. All the iron-pawed battles and tangled tails of destruction cannot obscure such a noble lesson.