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Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

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Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Black ... Po (voice)
Angelina Jolie ... Tigress (voice)
Dustin Hoffman ... Shifu (voice)
Gary Oldman ... Shen (voice)
Jackie Chan ... Monkey (voice)
Seth Rogen ... Mantis (voice)
Lucy Liu ... Viper (voice)
David Cross ... Crane (voice)
James Hong ... Mr. Ping (voice)
Michelle Yeoh ... Soothsayer (voice)
Danny McBride ... Wolf Boss (voice)
Dennis Haysbert ... Master Ox (voice)
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Master Croc (voice)
Victor Garber ... Master Rhino (voice)
Mike Bell ... Gorilla Guard 1 (voice) (as Michael Patrick Bell)
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Storyline

After a year of being the dragon warrior, obesitized but fearless Po (Black) is a hero in China along with Crane (Cross), Mantis (Rogen), Monkey (Chan), Viper (Liu), Tigress (Jolie), and Shifu (Hoffman). But trouble pops out when villian Shen (Oldman) begins chaos. Everybody is ready to fight, but Po is unprepared when he learns Shen was his enemy in his infancy.

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Prepare for the return of awesomeness. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of martial arts action and mild violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Gary Oldman's third animated movie, after Quest for Camelot (1998) and Planet 51 (2009). See more »

Goofs

(at around 24 mins) Tigress tells Po that she used to train with ironwood trees. There are no ironwood trees in China. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Ping: Oh, Po, your story may not have such a happy beginning, but look how it turned out. You got me, you got kung fu, and you got noodles!
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits feature in Chinese shadow-puppetry how baby Po undertook the journey from the point his mother hid him, to the exterior of Mr Ping's restaurant. See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Changing of the Bobs (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Iridescent
Written by Chester Bennington
Performed by Linkin Park
Produced by Hans Zimmer, Rick Rubin, Mike Shinoda, Randy Spendlove and Diarmuid Quinn
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An emphatic return with a darker story; great movie with lots in it for the adults as well
25 May 2011 | by MosHrSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,656,302, 29 May 2011

Gross USA:

$165,249,063

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$665,692,281
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Company Credits

Production Co:

DreamWorks Animation See more »
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital (Dolby Surround 7.1)| Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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