Kung Fu Panda 2
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|Kung Fu Panda 2|
|Directed by||Jennifer Yuh Nelson|
|Produced by||Melissa Cobb|
|Written by||Jonathan Aibel
|Story by||Jennifer Yuh Nelson|
Jean-Claude Van Damme
|Music by||Hans Zimmer
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||May 26, 2011|
|Running time||92 minutes|
Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy movie and the 2nd installment in the series. A successful sequel to Kung Fu Panda, Jack Black is back voicing Po again. In the movie Po is now the Dragon Warrior, and is fighting with his fellow kung fu masters, the Furious Five: Tigress, Viper, Monkey, Mantis, and Crane. They go on a quest in Gong-men City to banish Lord Shen, an evil albino peacock from using a weapon to destroy kung fu. The film is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who previously worked as a storyboard artist in Kung Fu Panda 1. It received critical acclaim and is the highest-grossing movie to be directed by a woman.
Po (voiced by Jack Black) is now the Dragon Warrior and a Kung Fu master protecting the Valley of Peace together with his friends, the Furious Five, but must now find inner peace. Master Shifu (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) then sends him on a journey with the Furious Five to Gongmen City and stop Lord Shen (voiced by Gary Oldman), an evil albino peacock who has made a new weapon that can stop Kung Fu. Po has trouble on his journey because he's worried about what happened to his real parents. An old soothsayer (voiced by Michelle Yeoh) helps Po remember that his parents sent Po away as a baby to protect him when their village was attacked by Lord Shen many years ago because Shen learned he would be defeated by Po, the foretold warrior of black and white. Now knowing where he came from, Po finds inner peace, destroys Shen's cannons by throwing the cannonballs back at them, defeats Shen (who also gets killed and crushed by his own cannon), and accepts Mr. Ping (voiced by James Hong) as his dad.
Old characters [change]
- Po, a panda. He is the Dragon Warrior, Kung Fu master, and hero of the film. Jack Black reprises his role.
- Shifu, a red panda. He is Po's Kung Fu teacher and sifu. Dustin Hoffman reprises his role.
- Tigress, a Southern China tiger. She is a member of the Furious Five and Po's best friend (eventually love interest). Angelina Jolie reprises her role.
- Viper, a green tree viper. She is a member of the Furious Five. Lucy Liu reprises her role.
- Monkey, a golden langur. He is a member of the Furious Five. Jackie Chan reprises his role.
- Mantis, a northern praying mantis. He is a member of the Furious Five. Seth Rogen reprises his role.
- Crane, a red crowned crane. He is a member of the Furious Five. David Cross reprises his role.
- Mr. Ping, a swan goose. He is Po's adoptive father. James Hong reprises his role.
New characters [change]
- Shen, an albino peacock. He is the villain of the film. Gary Oldman voices this character.
- Soothsayer, a goat. She predicts Shen will be defeated. Michelle Yeoh voices this character.
- Storming Ox, an ox. He tries to protect Gongmen City from Lord Shen. Dennis Haysbert voices this character.
- Croc, a Oriental alligator. He tries to protect Gongmen City from Lord Shen. Jean-Claude Van Damme voices this character.
- Thundering Rhino, a javan rhinoceros. He tries to protect Gongmen City from Lord Shen. Victor Garber voices this character.
- Panda Dad, a panda. He is Master Po's biological father and the headman of his village. Fred Tatasciore voices this character.
Critical Response [change]
Kung Fu Panda 2 was acclaimed by critics. It holds a rating of 85% in Rotten Tomatoes and a rating of 7 out of 10. The consensus is "the story arc may seen a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy and visual sparkle to compensate". Just like in the original film, the animation, voice acting and character development were praised.
Box Office [change]
The film became a box office success. It grossed $667,692,281 on a $150 million budget. It is the highest grossing animated film of 2011, the 9th highest grossing animated film ever released, the 53rd highest-grossing film of all time and the 6th highest grossing film of 2011. It is also the highest grossing animated film directed by a woman (Jennifer Yuh Nelson).
Awards and nominations [change]
|84th Academy Awards||Best Animated Feature||Jennifer Yuh Nelson||Nominated|
|Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Animated Feature|
|Best Animated Female||Angelina Jolie|
|Best Woman Director||Jennifer Yuh Nelson|
|Annie Awards||Best Animated Feature|
|Animated Effects in an Animated Production||Dave Tidgwell
|Character Animation in a Feature Production||Dan Wagner
|Directing in a Feature Production||Jennifer Yuh Nelson||Won|
|Production Design in a Feature Production||Raymond Zilbac|
|Storyboarding in a Feature Production||Gary Graham
|Voice Acting in a Feature Production||Gary Oldman|
|Voice Acting in a Feature Production||James Hong||Nominated|
|Editing in a Feature Production||Clare Knight|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Animated Feature|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Animated Feature|
|Producers Guild of America Awards||Best Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures||Melissa Cobb|
|2011 Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Animated Voice||Jack Black|
|Virgin Movie Media Awards||Best Family Movie Of The Year|
|Women Film Critics Circle||Best Animated Females|
|2012 People's Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Animated Voice||Jack Black|
|Denver Film Critics Society||Best Animated Film|
|Satellite Awards||Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media|
|Houston Film Critics Society||Best Animated Film|
|St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards||Best Animated Film|
|Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Animated Film|
|Evening Standard British Film Awards||Blockbuster of the Year|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Animated Movie|
|Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Jack Black|
|World Soundtrack Awards||Film Composer of the Year||Hans Zimmer|
|World Soundtrack Awards||Film Composer of the Year||John Powell|
|Saturn Awards||Best Animated Movie|
|As Seen By Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Voice-Over Role||Angelina Jolie||Won|
|Motion Picture Sound Editors||Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in an Animation Feature Film||John Marquis||Won|
|Kung Fu Panda 2|
|Soundtrack by Hans Zimmer & John Powell|
|Released||May 24, 2011|
|Hans Zimmer film scores chronology|
Kung Fu Panda 2 is the soundtrack of the film of the same, scored by Hans Zimmer and John Powell and released in May 24, 2011. Just like the movie, the soundtrack received positive reviews from music critics.
Track listing [change]
|1.||"Ancient China / Story of Shen"||2:43|
|5.||"Save Kung Fu"||3:41|
|10.||"Po and Shen / Face to Face"||5:58|
|13.||"Po Finds the Truth"||5:03|
|15.||"Zen Ball Master"||7:21|
|16.||"My Fist Hungers for Justice"||4:55|
|17.||"Dumpling Warrior Remix"||3:30|
- Pump It - The Black Eyed Peas
- Kung Fu Fighting - Cee Lo Green ft Jack Black
- Forgiven - Skillet
- I'll be Missing You - P. Diddy Feat. Faith Evans & 112
After the success of Kung Fu Panda 2, DreamWorks Animation confirmed that there will be 6 movies in the franchise. Kung Fu Panda 3 is confirmed to be released in 2016, with Jennifer Yuh Nelson returning to direct and Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger returning to write the script. The original cast will return in the movie, and Kung Fu Panda 3 will be the first American animated movie to ever be co-produced by a Chinese firm.