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Amazing Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 2

Amazing Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 2 – Po Finding Inner Peace & CNN Interview

By Perry Chen, Movie Review Columnist

(4 out of 5 starfish)

Have you ever wondered why Po, the main character in the original Kung Fu Panda, and prophesied Dragon Warrior and protector of China had a father that was a goose? Well, in this hilarious action-packed sequel to Kung Fu Panda, you will definitely find out! Po discovers his origins in the new film while on a mission to save kung fu.

The new villain’s name is Lord Shen (my mom’s last name) who is a stunning albino peacock, skilled in kung fu and adaptable with many weapons such as blades, metal feathers, and a staff with a lethal metal talon on the end, but has not much need to use his skills due to his invention of the cannon, which renders the kung fu of an opponent useless…or does it?

Perry Chen with Po from Kung Fu Panda 2 at the San Diego Zoo (photo by Zhu Shen)

Here is my review for CNN, produced by Chris Morrow:

This film is about finding destiny and inner peace.  It’s better than the original film. I love the 2D cell animation that’s incorporated into the film instead of just 3D graphics. I especially liked the style in the film at the beginning that looked like traditional Chinese shadow puppets. I also thought that the interesting idea of a peacock as a villain was not ever used until this film.  It is so creative!  The music has a Chinese style which goes along well with scenes in the Chinese countryside.  The voice cast is sold, expressing emotions of major characters well.

KUNG FU PANDA 2™ ©2011 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson is the first woman as sole director of a major animation feature.  She is a Korean American, who worked as head of story in the first Kung Fu Panda film at DreamWorks Animation.  I remember seeing excellent animation shorts at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2010.  A lot of animators in Guard Dog Global Jam (animation short directed by Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton that I participated as an animator) are Asian or women or both, it’s cool to have many talented Asian and women animators.

Perry Chen with CNN producer Chris Morrow after Kung-Fu Panda 2 review/interview (photo by Zhu Shen)

I give this film 4 starfish, it’s “Perrific!” For all of its strengths, Kung Fu Panda 2 has one flaw. At the very end, somebody that the main villain Lord Shen eradicated a long time ago mysteriously came back, and even though he was miles away, he miraculously knew that Po was alive!

I have a few personal favorite parts in the film. My favorite scene was when Master Shifu used inner peace and caught a drop of water without breaking it and set it on a leaf. I noticed that when Po was distracted, he let the villain get away, or got clobbered by a wolf, or other mishaps that don’t always end up good for Po himself.

Po posing for his portrait at the San Diego Zoo (photo by Zhu Shen)

I enjoyed meeting Po at the San Diego Zoo last month, he even posed for his portrait by a zoo artist!  At the press screening, the audience LOVED the film!  They cheered, laughed as the movie went along, and applauded at the end.  I recommend this film to people age 5 and above, as small children could be scared of the battle scenes.

Moral: You cannot change the past, but you can choose what you become.

Copyright 2011 by Perry S. Chen

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Perry S. Chen is an 11-year-old award-winning film critic, artist, entertainment personality, filmmaker and animator. He writes movie reviews for San Diego Union Tribune, Animation World Network, Amazing Kids!, and his own website Perry’s Previews (http://perryspreviews.com). Connect with him on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/perryspreviewsfan .