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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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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 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Seth Rogen's fifth animated movie after Shrek the Third (2007), Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Kung Fu Panda (2008), and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009). See more »

Goofs

When Po is outside trying to find inner peace to distract himself, the sun appears to be behind the boat, later when they reach the city, the sun appears to be in front of the boat. See more »

Quotes

Po: Tell me what happened that night.
Shen: What night?
Po: THAT night!
Shen: Oh, that night?
Po: YES! We're talking about the same night, right?
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Entourage: Out with a Bang (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Tricked Pickpocket
(from the motion picture Bulletproof Monk (2003))
Written and Performed by Éric Serra
Used by permission of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc.
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Enjoyable family film that adds a bit of darkness, and a lot of scale, to the strengths of the first film
2 June 2019 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I'd not seen the first Kung-Fu Panda film since it had come out in the late noughties, and I hadn't seen any of the other ones at all until it my toddler started watching them and I picked up 2 and 3 for her. After watching the first one loads, I managed to move her to the second, for my own variety as much as anything else. The plot sees Po trying to settle into his new role as Dragon Warrior, at the same time as a banished son returns to the city to use a new powerful weapon to seize control of the city and country. It has a slightly darker tone than the first film, because it touches on Po's backstory, and it carries itself with more dramatic sequences than the first film did (where we only got to see the power and anger of Tai Lung in a handful of scenes - mostly the film was about Po's training).

This slightly extra weight adds to the characters and the narrative, and at the same time the scale of the film feels bigger as we move into a city, with the stakes high. This means the action sequences feel like they mean more, and in return the actions is bigger, more polished, and fits well with the gravity-defying excess of the genre that the film is referencing and drawing from. It did this well in the first film too, but here it feels much more satisfying in the scale of it all. At its heart though the film remains funny, entertaining, easy for families, and with good moral messages throughout. As with the first film, the use of Chinese culture swings from mostly feeling well used and cleverly adopted, to being a bit cheap - but mostly it works well.

Animation and production is of a very high standard, and the voice cast is even deeper than in the first film, with people like Oldman, Yeoh, Haysbert, Garber, Van Damme, and McBride joining an already very starry cast. Black doesn't always work for me, but he keeps Po funny but likeable, while Oldman manages to bring gravity to his performance and have good comic timing too.

In my mind, the Kung-Fu Panda films were sort of 'lesser' films because I always saw Pixar's deeper content as being superior to Dreamworks stuff, however this second film lifts from the already good first, and is a very enjoyable and satisfying family film.


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Country:

USA | China

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

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DreamWorks Animation See more »
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2.39 : 1
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