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)
The fact that Lord Shen is a leucistic peacock with predominately red spots is thematically significant to his character. For instance, white is the color of death in Chinese culture with Lord Shen being a murderous conqueror. In addition, in Wu Xing symbology, white also stands for metal and red stands for fire. That fits with the character's preference with fighting with polished metal blades when he fights hand-to-hand and when he uses his cannons since fire and metal are both a part of that weapon. In addition, the color red is also associated with positive emotions like love, which can symbolized Lord Shen's distorted relations with his late parents whom he mistakenly thinks rejected him. See more »
During the flashback of Po as a baby, he goes into a pot headfirst to retrieve a vegetable. In the next scene, it shows he landed on his bottom, not on his head like he went in. If you look closely, however, you can see him move around after getting the vegetable, and that is how he ends up on his bottom. See more »
Shen! A panda stands between you and your-
[cut to Shen, who can barely hear Po say "destiny"]
[cut back to Po]
Prepare yourself for a hot-
[cut again to Shen, who can still barely hear anything]
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The DreamWorks Animation logo is in Chinese shadow-puppetry and has Master Oogway, Shifu's teacher from Kung Fu Panda, fishing in the moon. See more »
I loved the first Kung Fu Panda movie. It had everything: amazing story, great characters, not to mention great humor. In fact, I consider it to be the best DreamWorks movie since Shrek. Considering DreamWorks' almost flawless track record with sequels, I couldn't wait to see Kung Fu Panda 2.
I went to see the midnight premiere, and boy was I not disappointed! Everything about this film blew me away. Just like Shrek 2, this was everything a sequel should be. This was a well-written, excellent continuation of the series. It had everything the first film had and more. One of the things I really liked was seeing Po and Tigress become close friends, whereas in the first film she couldn't stand to be around him. With that said, her character was nicely developed; I would have liked to see more of that in the rest of the Five.
Overall, this film was excellent. I can't wait to see it again; I hear there may be plans for a third movie. As long as they keep doing what works in their films, and don't do what they did for Shrek the Third, I'm sure DreamWorks will not disappoint me. 10/10
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