Movie Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Released 20110526
Watched 20110626 Theatre. Garden Grove [KUNG FU] 2:10PM $5.00
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Jennifer Yuh. 91 min.


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Kung Fu Panda 2 (IMDb.com)

20110626:
[20110627]
I'm so glad I watched this movie! It was funny. I loved the action. There was a lot more emotion floating around in this film. I didn't expect that to happen, but I certainly welcomed it. In this sense, Kung Fu Panda 2 was to Kung Fu Panda (2008) as Toy Story 3 (2010) was to Toy Story. Namely, the first movie in a series spends a lot of time building the relationship between various characters. Both movies have a character (Po and Buzz) which is introduced to a particular group (Furious Five and Andy's toys). By the end of the movie we understand the characters and everybody is friends. Thus, the mentioned follow-ups do well, because they take the established relationships and capitalize on emotion. There's a middle point in both movies which are particularly strong emotionally and the ending of both movies is also strong emotionally. To clarify, I don't mean the very ending of Kung Fu Panda 2, but the main ending.

Speaking of which, the very ending of Kung Fu Panda 2 does seem a little tacked on. It also makes, as my friend points out, part of the plot extra confusing. I say extra confusing, because this part of the plot, my friend also points out, slightly conflicts with the first movie. I don't mind.

I liked the 2D animation dispersed throughout the movie. Beautifully done. I recall its usage was solely for Po's flashbacks and the ending credits. The credits remain colorful throughout, with credits appearing in bulk instead of scrolling. In the first movie, I only remember the 2D animation being used for the ending credits (Everybody was kung fu fighting... Ha).

I had gone to the beach and there was a slight hold up which caused me to get to the theatres with my friends a little late. By the time we got in the theatre, I saw a glimpse of something and the title "Kung Fu Panda 2" appeared. Then I must have missed part of Po's interaction with the Furious Five while looking for seats, because I only remember him spitting out what looked liked eggs. It reminded me of Cool Hand Luke (1967) . Which is interesting, because Toy Story 3 definitely referenced Cool Hand Luke. We also had to settle with second row from the front, because we were a group of four. The last time I sat so close to the front was when I watched Inception (2010). Though I happily watched the credits up higher.

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