911. Kung Fu Panda 2

Title: Kung Fu Panda 2
Director:  Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Year: 2011
Run time: 1hr 30m

“Jack Black is back as Po in this fiercely funny sequel. In his biggest challenge since becoming the Dragon Warrior, Po must lead his fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five, on a mission of epic proportions to defeat his most threatening rival yet. Kung Fu Panda 2 packs a powerful punch that combines non-stop action, beautiful storytelling and stunning animation in an all-new, awesome adventure!”

Live blog

1:24 – The animation of the stories is great.
5:15 – “Inner peace.” “Inner piece of what?’
12:07 – He’s quite old to be having the ‘where am I from?’ talk!
13:49 – Why does a baby panda never get delivered to MY HOUSE?
14:59 – THE CUTEST.
18:20 – Peacock Neo.
21:27 – That’s so me. Enthusiastic, let’s go, go, go. Two minutes later. Tired.
23:34 – Kung Fu Radish.
26:00 – “Your dad, the goose. That must have been quite a shock.”
29:27 – “Big and furry. Soft and squishy. Plush and cuddly.”
35:49 – Quite fun to have a fight scene where people don’t want to be rescued.
48:48 – I do worry about all the roof tiles that are sacrificed in these adventures.
1:01:59 – The baby panda had a baby panda toy? Well, I need that.
1:07:58 – I love the shouting from a distance. No one can hear.
1:13:55 – The inner peace does look quite nice, actually.
1:16:20 – “Oh yea, what do scars do? They fade, I guess.”
1:18:29 – Look at the grumpy little piglet.

Conclusions

Pretty good sequel, all things considered. It’s hard to do follow ups when the panda has already achieved everything his heart desired. This is a good story though, the threat real. There’s perhaps a bit more fighting than I’d have liked, but it’s nicely offset by the cuteness of the baby panda flashbacks. Dude, seriously.

It’s very funny, too, I do think Jack Black is perfect as a big fluffy, clumsy but earnest panda. What’s not to like?

Rating: 4/5.