Kung Fu Panda 2
|Kung Fu Panda 2|
|Directed by||Jennifer Yuh Nelson|
|Produced by||Melissa Cobb|
|Based on||Characters created
by Ethan Reiff
|Music by||Hans Zimmer
|Edited by||Clare Knight|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures1|
|Box office||$665.7 million|
Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated comedy-drama martial arts film, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, produced byDreamWorks Animation, and distributed by Paramount Pictures.1 It is the sequel to the 2008 film Kung Fu Panda and the second installment in theKung Fu Panda franchise.
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, and Jackie Chan reprise their character roles from the original film joined by Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh and Danny McBride. In the film, Po and the Furious Five battle an evil peacock named Lord Shen who has a powerful weapon that he plans to conquer China with. However Po discovers a terrifying secret about his past in the process.
The film was released in theatres May 26, 2011 in Real D 3D and Digital 3D.Kung Fu Panda 2 was the highest grossing animated feature film of the year. The film was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards but lost to Rango.
A sequel, titled Kung Fu Panda 3, and directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni, was released on January 29, 2016.
Years before the events of the first film, Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), the scion of a peacock clan that rules Gongmen City in ancient China, seeks to harnessfireworks as a weapon. After discovering from the court’s goat Soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) that “a warrior of black-and-white” will defeat him if he does not change his ways, Shen leads an army of wolves to exterminate the pandapopulation to avert the prophecy. Shen’s parents are horrified at this atrocity and exile their son, who swears revenge.
In the present day, Po (Jack Black) is living his dream as the Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, the Furious Five. His teacher Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) tells him, however, that he has yet to achieve inner peace. While defending a village from wolf bandits who have been stealing refined metal for Shen, Po is distracted by a symbol on the wolf leader’s (Danny McBride) armor, which causes Po to have a flashback of his mother and allows the wolves to escape. Po asks his goose father, Mr. Ping (James Hong), about his origins. Ping reveals that he found Po as an infant in a radish crate and adopted him, but Po remains unsatisfied, wondering how and why he ended up in the Valley of Peace.
Shifu receives word that Shen has returned to Gongmen City and killed Thundering Rhino, the leader of the kung fu council protecting the City, and is plotting to destroy kung fu tradition and conquer China with his newly developed weapon, a cannon that fires weaponized fireworks. Shifu sends Po and the Furious Five to Gongmen City to stop Shen and destroy his weapon. They find the city occupied by Shen’s forces, with the two surviving council members Storming Ox and Croc imprisoned. The six heroes ask the council members for help to liberate the city, but the two cite their helplessness against Shen’s weapon and refuse. Po and the Five are discovered by the wolf boss and give chase, only to be arrested in front of Shen’s tower.
Upon being brought before Shen in his tower, Po and the Five free themselves and destroy Shen’s weapon. However, Po is again distracted by a flashback upon seeing the same symbol as before on Shen’s plumage, realizing Shen was there the last night Po saw his parents. Allowing Shen to escape and destroy the tower with an arsenal of cannons. After Po and the Five escape, Tigress (Angelina Jolie), confronts Po over his distraction, who reluctantly explains that he remembers Shen’s presence on the night he was separated from his parents, and wants answers about his past from Shen. Though empathetic, Tigress tells Po to stay behind for his own safety. Despite this, Po breaks into the factory to question Shen, inadvertently foiling the Five’s plan to destroy the factory. Shen claims that Po’s parents abandoned him, and then blasts Po out of the factory into a river with a cannon, where he is presumed dead.
Po survives and is rescued by the same soothsayer, who takes him to the ruins of the nearby village where Po was born. Guided by the soothsayer to embrace his past, Po remembers that when he was an infant, his parents had sacrificed themselves to save him from Shen’s army, his mother hiding him in a radish crate and luring Shen’s forces away from him. Po attains inner peace, realizing that he has lived a happy and fulfilling life despite this early tragedy.
Po returns to Gongmen City to save the captive Five and prevent Shen’s conquest of China. A battle ensues between Shen’s armada, sailing in the heart of Gongmen City, and Po and the Five, joined by Shifu, who has persuaded Ox and Croc to help. Po modifies the movements used during his inner peace training to redirect Shen’s firework shells against his own armada, destroying it. Po then urges Shen to let go of his own past, but Shen attacks Po until Shen slashes the ropes holding up his last cannon, which falls on top of him, crushing him to death. Victorious, Po returns to the Valley of Peace and reunites with Mr. Ping, lovingly declaring the goose to be his father.
At the same time, Po’s birth father, Li Shan is revealed to have survived Shen’s attack and is shown to be living in a far-off, hidden village inhabited by surviving pandas, and senses that his son is still alive.
- Jack Black as Po
- Angelina Jolie as Master Tigress
- Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu
- Gary Oldman as Lord Shen
- Jackie Chan as Master Monkey
- Lucy Liu as Master Viper
- Seth Rogen as Master Mantis
- David Cross as Master Crane
- James Hong as Mr. Ping
- Michelle Yeoh as Soothsayer
- Danny McBride as Wolf Boss
- Dennis Haysbert as Master Storming Ox
- Jean-Claude Van Damme as Master Croc
- Victor Garber as Master Thundering Rhino
- Fred Tatasciore as Po’s birth Dad (known as Li Shan in Kung Fu Panda 3)
- Conrad Vernon as Boar