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Rated PG · 91 min. · 2011

Action/Adventure, Animation, Family


The most, nay, only interesting part of this chopsocky sequel is the closing credits, which midway through list Guillermo del Toro as a creative consultant. Perhaps he advised debut film director Jennifer Yuh that the best way to make a peacock sinister is let Gary Oldman do its voice. Otherwise, the filmmakers presume that an animated film's worth correlates with the lines of computer code necessary to conceive dizzying, unending 3-D action sequences. The original's serviceable you-can-achieve-anything fable about Po the portly panda (Jack Black) and his improbable ascension to Dragon Warrior gives away to a banal pourquoi story about what once happened to Po's parents when they crossed paths with Oldman's evil Lord Shen, who now returns from exile with designs on conquering China using a fire-spewing WMD. In between, there is a plethora of Black's distinctive hit-and-miss quips, clever Pac-Man and T2 spoofs, and Po becomes Neo. Mostly, however, the whole enterprise seems like an excuse to introduce more animals—peacock, ox, croc, rhino, ram—that can be packaged as Happy Meal toys.
Official Site: www.kungfupanda.com
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Writer: Glenn Berger and Jonathan Aibel
Producer: Melissa Cobb
Cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Gary Oldman and Michelle Yeoh

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