The tale of the Dragon Warrior, Po, continues!!! The Furious Five return alongside the famed Dragon Warrior with some amazing fighting combos and support that helps this teamwork tale fight its way to fame, fun, and firepower!!
Before I even get to the rest of this review, take a quick look at the vocal talent that comprises the cast for this fun sequel. Just look:
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Dennis Haysbert (24 ‘s President David Palmer), Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber (Alias‘ Jack Bristow), and many more!
WOW! An impressive assortment of talent for the vocal cast of the fun animals. But not always do great actors equal great voice choices for animated movies. Take Robots or Shark Tale for example. But Kung Fu Panda 2 kicks those other funny-for-the-moment-flops to the curb! The Ka-Boom of Doom serves up a whallop of a fun time!
In this fun sequel, The Dragon Warrior and The Furious Five fight against Shen, the once-banished evil peacock prince (Never seen an evil peacock before!) that forcefully reclaims the throne in order to take his “rightful place” as emperor! (voiced by Gary Oldman)Kung Fu Panda 2 takes a look at the past, present, and future of Po, the mighty dragon warrior with a big appetite for dishing out justice and eating up tons of food. Po the panda must deal with enemies without, and enemies within as he seeks for answers and peace within himself -who he is and where he came from. A true warrior must conquer his own inner demons of doubt if he is to conquer enemies in life! The movie takes the viewer on a fun and often dangerous animated adventure with Po and his friends in a rather expected way.
The animals, the comradery, adventure, fun, and the sense for a quest reminded me of The Chronicles of Narnia as the hero…seeking to know his own inner worth…looks to free the kingdom from its oppressors, with the help of other heroes of similar might and magic! Quite the epic storyline, only retold, re-imagined, and redrawn…literally! 🙂
One thing that rang through my mind as the action sequences played out: This has GOT to make a great video game! Of course the game does exist, and while I have not played it, I could see where it might be a lot of fun! Running through streets; jumping off buildings; flying through the air, beating up gorillas, peacocks, and wolves; all looked to be playable action in a video game in very much of a “Crash Bandicoot” feel (for those of you who remember that game from Naughty Dog, click HERE for a different, but fun playable game I found)!!
Kung Fu Panda 2 is predictable, as these things go, with some fun laughs and a magic appeal to younger audiences and fans of the first one. (Not as great as the first one, and some parts may just be so-so). Animation usually makes for great enjoyable films- especially those of the Dreamworks clan! Not as high up on the ladder as How To Train Your Dragon or Shrek, but Kung Fu Panda 2 is a fun adventure for all! Enjoy it on a lazy Saturday afternoon with the kids, but only if Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is sold out! (That’s a joke, folks!!)
Thanks for reading!
Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!
–TheSp1der’s Score: 3 out of 5 stars for “Kung Fu Panda 2”