Kung Fu Panda 2: Blu Ray Review
Kung Fu Panda 2
Released by Universal Home Ent
The big fat cuddly Karate kid of the animal world, Po is back in the sequel
to the multi million grossing Kung Fu Panda.
time around, Po, along with the Furious Five his kung fu gang, are forced to
face off against Gary Oldman's peacock Lord Shen.
banished from China's Gongmen City after wiping out the pandas whom he believed
would be responsible for his downfall thanks to misunderstanding a prophecy
But he's back and harnessing the power of fireworks to take back the
city he was kicked out of.
Meanwhile, Po's on a
dual quest - not only one to vanquish Shen, but a personal one to find out who
his family were; however, his search is haunted by flashbacks as he nears the
truth - can he find inner peace and do what needs to be done to save himself and
Kung Fu Panda 2 is an animated joy to
watch; this time round, the creators have gone deeper on many levels.
Firstly, the animation is stunning and with frenetic
and frantic kung fu fight scenes, there's visually so much to take in. Throw in
some beautiful nods to Oriental artistry and shadow puppetry for ancient tales
from their past and there's truly something to marvel in. But it's the clever
use of different types of animation which make this - Po's quest in China is in
computer animation and then for flashbacks to his childhood, they've used more
traditional hand drawn animation - it's these flourishes which add to the
richness of the story.
Secondly, the characters
have been given a bit more depth this time round - no doubt thanks to the
involvement of Guillermo del Toro; sure Black still brings his goofy wacky vocal
ways to Po, but thanks to a push to give him a bit of an emotional journey to go
on, there's more humanity on display too - which is rewarding
With an ending which tugs at the heartstrings, and hints at a third film to
make this series a trilogy, Kung Fu Panda 2 is the perfect mix of fun and heart;
it's perfect filmic fodder for the upcoming holidays
Extras: Commentary, panda stories, learn to speak Chinese - a reasonable
bunch for a great story