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Kung Fu Panda 2 [2011] (1 disc)

Director:Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Writer:Glenn Berger
Jonathan Aibel
Composer:Hans Zimmer
John Powell
Length:91 minutes
(1 hour 31 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Echo
IMDB Rating:7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:81%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past.

Reaction: Continues in the same vein and still quite odd but fun. Spectacular, though less original.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Jennifer Yuh Nelson => Director
Glenn Berger => Writer
Jonathan Aibel => Writer
Hans Zimmer => Composer
John Powell => Composer
Angelina Jolie => Tigress (voice)
Danny McBride => Wolf Boss (voice)
David Cross => Crane (voice)
Dennis Haysbert => Master Storming Ox (voice)
Dustin Hoffman => Shifu (voice)
Fred Tatasciore => Panda Dad / Gorilla Guard #2 (voice)
Gary Oldman => Shen (voice)
Jack Black => Po (voice)
Jackie Chan => Monkey (voice)
James Hong => Mr. Ping (voice)
Jean-Claude Van Damme => Master Croc (voice)
Lauren Tom => Market Sheep (voice)
Liam Knight => Baby Po (voice)
Lucy Liu => Viper (voice)
Michelle Yeoh => Soothsayer (voice)
Paul Mazursky => Musician Bunny (voice)
Seth Rogen => Mantis (voice)
Victor Garber => Master Thundering Rhino (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • As of September 2011, this is the biggest box office success for a film with a female director (Jennifer Yuh Nelson).
  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman did an uncredited polish on the script. Previously, he had noted in an interview that he saw Kung Fu Panda with his daughter, and was impressed by the film.
  • According to the director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Shen proved to be a great challenge to animate, so much that the complexity of the character was like that of doing six characters all at once.
  • The character Shen was originally created as a devious mayor for Kung Fu Panda, but was written out before production.
  • Lord Shen fights hand-to-hand with a martial arts style called Cai Li Fo, a Chinese martial art that normally uses a metal fan for defensive and distraction purpose. However, being a peacock, Lord Shen uses his large tail feathers for that purpose instead.
  • Late in the movie Master Croc leaps onto the boat and lands in a wide split position. This is a characteristic move of Jean-Claude Van Damme, who voices him.
  • At the end of the movie, when Po is telling Mr. Ping that he found his "real" dad, there is a sign on the wall behind Mr. Ping. It has chopsticks and a yellow slash on a red background--and looks like a "generic" McDonald's Happy Meal box. (The lower chopstick gives the illusion of the characteristic fold.) McDonald's included toys for both the 1st movie and this one, so it makes sense for this to be an Easter Egg (aka "Hidden Mickey-D").