Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Paramount Pictures

Directed by:

Jennifer Yuh

Starring:

Voices of Jack Black as Po; Angelina Jolie as Tigress; Gary Oldman as Lord Shen; Jackie Chan as Monkey; David Cross as Crane; Lucy Liu as Viper

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Kung Fu Panda 2

Peacocks seem like innocent enough creatures. They might be about as dangerous as, say, a doily. But Lord Shen is not your average peacock. Banished from the family palace for being a pest, Shen has managed to recruit an army of wolves and collect a boatload of weapons—cannons, to be exact.

Some of the best martial artists in China are quaking in their boots, unable to compete with Shen's cannons. It appears that kung fu itself may fall to the destruction. Only one force stands between Shen and the rest of China: Po, the rotund warrior panda, and his buds in the Furious Five. But Po has problems of his own. He discovers that Mr. Ping, the goose who has raised Po, is not his true father . . . shocker!

In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po and Shen are both searching for something: inner peace (which is a theme that may relate more to adult viewers than children). Po needs peace to do battle with Shen and his fearsome firearms. Shen could sure use a little peace, but he thinks war is the only thing that'll ease his aching heart. Themes such as courage, self-sacrifice and teamwork get ample screen time.

Like in the first Kung Fu Panda movie, hits, kicks, throws and martial arts moves are unrelenting. Characters smack into gongs, bounce off drums and fall from dizzying heights.

Kung Fu Panda 2 won't be remembered as an animated classic. But Po is a very likable character—a more realistic hero for those of us who don't always look the greatest or say the right thing. He's just a regular ol’ panda trying to do the right thing . . . and that’s something everyone can relate to.

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