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Kung Fu Panda 2

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Panda hero saves the day in thoughtful family film.

Movie PG 2011 90 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 64 parent reviews

age 5+

best in the trilogy

what can i say? this movie is excellent. arguably, the best movie in the kung fu panda trilogy. i am now 17 and will be turning 18 in less than a week. i had the pleasure of growing up with the kung fu panda trilogy, and to this day, the second is still my absolute favorite. it creates a fresh and new story while still holding the magic of the first film. throughout this one we see lots of characters develop and change from the first to second movies, a great message, consistent character motives and actions, beautiful animation and character designs, and teaching those mastery of one’s self through a creative and metaphorical way. my favorite thing about this film is the villain, Lord Shen. although we never truly understand why he began his quest for power before his banishment, he is a vicious, ruthless, and the most realistic villain in the franchise. Shen’s genocide of the pandas stemmed out of fear (also proving Oogway’s point in the first film) is something real people do and have done. his attempted conquering of China being done with the advancement of technology (the cannons) to beat the kung fu masters is also more realistic, and his menacing image but in reality cowardly instincts are all what make Shen the most interesting villain in the series, and the most frightening realistic one. the teamwork of the furious five + Po, and the development in their friendship was the perfect pace for this film, and we cannot forget Master Shifu. Shifu’s character change made complete sense in this film. he is calm, wise, and strong. after the death of Tai Lung he was able to be the kung fu master he was always meant to be, and i was incredibly happy to see him finally obtain inner peace. as for Po, what can i say ? such a lovable protagonist. his growth throughout the film while staying true to his character is something hard to obtain when writing about trauma such as this. Po coming to terms with his past, identity, and purpose are all heavy topics placed on the audience which would not have been possible without an excellent writing team, animators, and Jack Black’s stellar performance. the dark elements in this story shape Po into who he truly is, and makes room for some very heartfelt moments that shed a tear or two. i could also go on and on about the animation of this film (literally pages long) but this review is already incredibly lengthy as it is. so, go watch this movie! you won’t be disappointed!
age 6+

Continues to inspire believing in yourself, helping others and working together as a team

Got a chance to see this one again with my 7 year old. The film seems to follow up the original in a logical manner that was already established in the previous film. There is plenty of Po and the Furious Five and even some extreme hints to an origin story. The story of running to meet your fate when you are trying to prevent it is a classic and this film meets that proposition head on. Although my child may not be a connoisseur of the finer points of a kung fu film he was definitely intrigued and invested in Po's journey and in believing in yourself first, helping others, and working as a team.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (64 ):
Kids say (91 ):

This is one of the best sequels to grace the screen in a while. Kung Fu Panda 2 fully stands on its own, independent of its predecessor. Jumping ahead to show Po and the Furious Five as a well-trained unit, this installment takes a more serious tone, though it's still entertaining -- Po yearns to discover and understand where he came from, and the movie makes a strong point that your past need not define you. Kung Fu Panda 2 has more heft and heart, a potent, sometimes profound combination. And while Po is the lovable lead, both Shifu and Tigress show that Po is not the only member of the Furious Five in need of looking inward. The film finds a masterful way to balance the whimsical with thrilling special effects to boot, making it a joy to watch for all ages.

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