PREPARE FOR THE RETURN OF AWESOMENESS.
When the evil lord of a peacock clan attempts to conquer China, Po and the Furious Five use all their powers to stop him… but the panda is also brutally reminded of his childhood. The first major animated release to be directed by a woman is a 3D adventure that retains the original’s sense of humor, striking beauty and flowing animation. But it also makes room for a great villain, voiced with gusto by Gary Oldman, as well as a darker theme about troubled relationships between parents and children, which both Po and the villain share. That’s what gives the movie a deeper edge, without denying us all the action and laughs.
2011-U.S. Animated. 90 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Melissa Cobb. Directed by Jennifer Yuh. Voices of Jack Black (Po), Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Dustin Hoffman (Shifu), Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen… Lucy Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Trivia: Followed by Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).
Last word: “We saw a chance to increase the scale of this movie emotionally and to push the technology so that we could tell a bigger story. What was nice about going into the sequel for me was, when I was just Head of Story I didn’t have as much access to the tail end of the production. Now as director, I got to meet everyone at each step of the process. I was able to get into the nitty-gritty of what each department does. The crew has been amazing on this film. It’s been a huge passion-project for all of us.” (Yuh, Fantasy Magazine)