Kung Fu Panda 2 review
Back in 2008, Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda hit the box office with a well-aimed belly-blow.
A high-concept blend of chop-socky and anthropomorphised CG animals, the film followed Po (voiced by Jack Black) - an oafish panda on a hero’s journey to prove himself a master of martial arts.
Surprising even its own studio, Panda came out of nowhere to reap $631m at the worldwide box-office - outstripping the likes of Ice Age and Madagascar, and even Pixar faves like Monsters, Inc. and WALL*E. (Winning over the Chinese with its reverent take on their heritage probably didn’t hurt.)
Needless to say, a sequel was almost inevitable.
And so we have the originally titled Kung Fu Panda 2, helmed by first-time feature director Jennifer Yuh (the lady responsible for the stunning, hand-drawn introduction to the first movie). In 3D. But wait, come back - this is far from the cynical cash-in you might expect.