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A Brave Panda Finds His Peace in Saving His Village

March 31, 2020 | by Ben Pigg

“Kung Fu Panda 2” is a family friendly movie from DreamWorks Animated that’s guaranteed to have its viewers crying from laughter. After the original movie “Kung Fu Panda” took off, fans screamed and asked for a sequel and got what they wanted. This sequel is the second in a three-movie series that has its main characters digging deep to fight for their lives against many enemies.

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson from a screenplay by John Aibel and Glenn Burger, “Kung Fu Panda 2” does a great job of keeping viewers sympathizing with a goofy panda named Po. Po is voiced by Jack Black who plays the role of the silly panda given the title “the Dragon Warrior” in regard to Kung Fu. Black’s tone of voice along with the soundtrack of the movie allows viewers to emotionally connect with Po’s lost identity.

In the movie Po is accompanied by a team of 5 Kung Fu fighting animals named “the Furious Five”, who together protect all of China from the evil forces that come around. The Furious Five consist of a tiger named Tigress, a Monkey, Crane, Viper and a Mantis.

The Dragon Warrior and the Furious Five’s village is interrupted by a greedy peacock named Lord Shen who’s seeking to take over all of China with a weapon that's known for stopping Kung Fu. Played by Gary Oldman, Oldman does an excellent job elevating his voice to portray that Lord Shen is a very powerful ruler who won’t let anything get in his way. To take down Lord Shen, Po has to become at peace with not knowing his identity.

When it comes to the Furious Five’s characters, they’re portrayed by a couple big time actors. Tigress is played by Angelina Jolie, who uses a monotone voice to show viewers how emotionless her character is, even when Po comes to her about his problems. Mantis is played by Seth Rogen, who’s giddy, big and fearless personality allows viewers to see how a small mantis can kick some butt five times its size. Monkey is played by Jackie Chan, who’s voice provides viewers with a sound that has a Kung Fu feel to it. Viper is played by Lucy Lui, who’s sweet voice allows viewers to see how sweat can be deadly too. Crane’s played by David Cross, who’s outgoing personality gives Crane the nice guy persona.

In all, I recommend “Kung Fu Panda 2” to an audience who enjoys watching animated films that have an amazing plot. The movie will have Its audience engaged in the movie the whole time because of the need to want to know what will be happening next. “Kung Fu Panda 2” is an amazing comedy that will have you spilling popcorn from laughing too hard.

The Dragon Warrior and the Furious Five square up to prepare for battle

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