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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.

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.

*35
Cannes 2011: Kung Fu Panda returns to the Riviera
Hollywood hit the Croisette in force this morning as Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman turned up to promote animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 2.The trio, along with debut director Jennifer Yuh, made their way into a packed press conference after the usual posing-with-a-cuddly-panda photo duties.Jolie was classy and charming, Black was typically boisterous and Hoffman kept himself amused by offering some hilariously sardonic responses to some of the sillier questions.The film picks up the story of titular warrior Po (Black), who sets out to defeat evil peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) with the help of fellow ‘Furious Five’ fighter Tigress (Jolie) and red panda master Shifu (Hoffman).“The trick with sequels is you have to make it better than the first one, and I think we’ve pulled it off,” said Jolie.

Cannes 2011: Kung Fu Panda returns to the Riviera

Hollywood hit the Croisette in force this morning as Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman turned up to promote animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 2.

The trio, along with debut director Jennifer Yuh, made their way into a packed press conference after the usual posing-with-a-cuddly-panda photo duties.

Jolie was classy and charming, Black was typically boisterous and Hoffman kept himself amused by offering some hilariously sardonic responses to some of the sillier questions.

The film picks up the story of titular warrior Po (Black), who sets out to defeat evil peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) with the help of fellow ‘Furious Five’ fighter Tigress (Jolie) and red panda master Shifu (Hoffman).

“The trick with sequels is you have to make it better than the first one, and I think we’ve pulled it off,” said Jolie.

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Kung Fu Panda 2 teaser

Kung Fu Panda 2, the CGI animated follow-up to DreamWorks’ hit, has had its first teaser trailer released online. Coming in at barely a graze over 60 seconds, it tells us zip about the movie, but simultaneously makes us a little bit excited for its 2011 release.