A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.
In the Valley of Peace, Po Ping is revelling in his fulfilled dreams as he serves as the fabled Dragon Warrior protecting his home with his heroes now his closest friends. However, Po and company learn that the murderous Lord Shen of Gongman City is threatening the land with a fearsome new weapon that could mean the end of kung fu. They attempt to stop him, but the panda is burdened with crippling memory flashbacks linked to this villain. Now with China in the balance, Po must learn about his past and find true inner peace against all opposition. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
At the end of the movie, when Po is telling Mr. Ping that he found his "real" dad, there is a sign on the wall behind Mr. Ping. It has chopsticks and a yellow slash on a red background--and looks like a "generic" McDonald's Happy Meal box. (The lower chopstick gives the illusion of the characteristic fold.) McDonald's included toys for both the 1st movie and this one, so it makes sense for this to be an Easter Egg (aka "Hidden Mickey"). See more »
In Kung Fu Panda, Oogway's staff (later given to Shifu) was broken by Tai Lung. In Kung Fu Panda 2 it appears to be intact, but closer examination shows it's repaired with tape. See more »
[Shen has his father's throne pitched out the window, and a heavy, ornate cannon put in its place]
A little to the left.
Gorilla Guard #1:
But it's so heavy, Master.
Thirty years I've waited for this moment. Everything must be exactly as I envisioned it. And I envisioned it... a little to the left.
[the gorillas grunt and move the cannon]
Perfect. With the weapon by my si... uh, a little bit more.
[the gorillas groan and move it again]
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The DreamWorks Animation logo is in Chinese shadow-puppetry and has Master Oogway, Shifu's teacher from Kung Fu Panda (2008), fishing in the moon. See more »
An emphatic return with a darker story; great movie with lots in it for the adults as well
The question that has been floating around about Kung Fu Panda 2 is if it is Shrek 2 or Toy Story 2 of animated sequels? Well, I'm happy to say it's Toy Story 2 kind of animated sequel - a genuine good movie that takes risks and succeeds rather than rehashing the first movie.
Po isn't as much of a gastro-kung-fu fighter and fanboi from the first movie but has grown in his personality; he's less the Jack Black as a panda and more of a character that stands on it's own. However, Po is now the tragic hero in a Greek style prophecy which foretells of a warrior in black and white who would defeat a certain Lord Shen who has invented a new weapon that could spell the end of kung-fu. As Po learns that he is adopted, he struggles to find out about his past and the strange symbol from his nightmares. The heavy subject matter doesn't weight down the movie and is continually and cleverly able to escape into funny moments without losing gravitas. It successfully weaves the topics of fatherhood, friendship and family into a colorful story that even though we know how it will end, it gets there very very emphatically.
I'm really glad that Kung Fu Panda 2 didn't go the route of being a purely children's movie and didn't go the route of being built on jokes of Po's eating and Po's weight. I suppose the fortune cookie philosophy of master Shifu is slightly missed but purely a small quibble in a good movie. As a final note, maybe it's because of my eyesight with a weaker left eye, I barely noticed the 3D at all. Highly recommended movie.
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