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Kung Fu Panda 2
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Produced by Melissa Cobb
Screenplay by
  • Jonathan Aibel
    Glenn Berger
Starring
Music by Hans Zimmer
John Powell
Editing by Clare Knight
Studio DreamWorks Animation
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) May 22, 2011 (2011-05-22) (Hollywood premiere)
May 26, 2011 (2011-05-26) (United States)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million
Money made $665.7 million

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy movie and the second installment in the series. A sequel to Kung Fu Panda, Jack Black reprised his role. In the movie, Po is now the Dragon Warrior, and is fighting with his fellow kung fu masters, the Furious Five: Tigress, Viper, Monkey, Mantis and Crane. They go on a quest in Gong-men City to stop Lord Shen, an evil albino peacock from using a weapon to destroy kung fu. The film is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who previously worked as a storyboard artist in Kung Fu Panda 1. It received critical acclaim and is the highest-grossing movie to be directed by a woman.

Release dates

Country Premiere
 Kazakhstan 25 May 2011
 Philippines 25 May 2011
 Canada 26 May 2011
 India 26 May 2011
 South Korea 26 May 2011
 Malaysia 26 May 2011
 Russia 26 May 2011
 Singapore 26 May 2011
 Thailand 26 May 2011
 Ukraine 26 May 2011
 United States 26 May 2011
 Poland 27 May 2011
 Taiwan 27 May 2011
 China 28 May 2011
 Egypt 1 June 2011
 Iceland 1 June 2011
 Vietnam 1 June 2011
 United Arab Emirates 2 June 2011
 Belarus 2 June 2011
 Czech Republic 2 June 2011
 Greece 2 June 2011
 Croatia 2 June 2011
 Hungary 2 June 2011
 Israel 2 June 2011
 Kuwait 2 June 2011
 Lebanon 2 June 2011
 Serbia 2 June 2011
 Slovakia 2 June 2011
 Bulgaria 3 June 2011
 Cyprus 3 June 2011
 Lithuania 3 June 2011
 Latvia 3 June 2011
 Pakistan 3 June 2011
 Armenia 5 June 2011
 Argentina 9 June 2011
 Bolivia 9 June 2011
 Chile 9 June 2011
 Peru 9 June 2011
 Portugal 9 June 2011
 Slovenia 9 June 2011
 Brazil 10 June 2011
 Colombia 10 June 2011
 Ecuador 10 June 2011
 Finland 10 June 2011
 United Kingdom 10 June 2011
Republic of Ireland Ireland 10 June 2011
Mexico Mexico 10 June 2011
 Panama 10 June 2011
 Paraguay 10 June 2011
 Romania 10 June 2011
 Turkey 10 June 2011
 Uruguay 10 June 2011
 Venezuela 10 June 2011
 South Africa 10 June 2011
 Belgium 15 June 2011
 Switzerland 15 June 2011 (French speaking region)
 France 15 June 2011
 Netherlands 15 June 2011
 Switzerland 16 June 2011 (German speaking region)
 Germany 16 June 2011
 Denmark 16 June 2011
 Austria 17 June 2011
 Spain 17 June 2011
 Ghana 17 June 2011
 Kenya 17 June 2011
 Nigeria 17 June 2011
 Norway 17 June 2011
 Australia 23 June 2011
 New Zealand 7 July 2011
 Hong Kong 21 July 2011
Cambodia Cambodia 21 July 2011
 Indonesia 16 August 2011
 Japan 19 August 2011
 Switzerland 24 August 2011 (Italian speaking region)
 Italy 24 August 2011

Plot

Po (voiced by Jack Black) is now the Dragon Warrior and a Kung Fu master protecting the Valley of Peace together with his friends, the Furious Five, but must now find inner peace. Master Shifu (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) then sends him on a journey with the Furious Five to Gongmen City and stop Lord Shen (voiced by Gary Oldman), an evil albino peacock who has made a new weapon that can stop Kung Fu. Po has trouble on his journey because he's worried about what happened to his real parents. An old soothsayer (voiced by Michelle Yeoh) helps Po remember that his parents sent Po away as a baby to protect him when their village was attacked by Lord Shen many years ago because Shen learned he would be defeated by Po, the foretold warrior of black and white. Now knowing where he came from, Po finds inner peace, destroys Shen's cannons by throwing the cannonballs back at them, defeats Shen (who also gets killed and crushed by his own cannon), and accepts Mr. Ping (voiced by James Hong) as his dad.

Characters

Old characters

  • Po, a panda. He is the Dragon Warrior, Kung Fu master, and hero of the film. Jack Black reprises his role.
  • Shifu, a red panda. He is Po's Kung Fu teacher and sifu. Dustin Hoffman reprises his role.
  • Tigress, a Southern China tiger. She is a member of the Furious Five and Po's best friend (eventually love interest). Angelina Jolie reprises her role.
  • Viper, a green tree viper. She is a member of the Furious Five. Lucy Liu reprises her role.
  • Monkey, a golden langur. He is a member of the Furious Five. Jackie Chan reprises his role.
  • Mantis, a northern praying mantis. He is a member of the Furious Five. Seth Rogen reprises his role.
  • Crane, a red crowned crane. He is a member of the Furious Five. David Cross reprises his role.
  • Mr. Ping, a swan goose. He is Po's adoptive father. James Hong reprises his role.

New characters

Soundtrack

Kung Fu Panda 2:
Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Hans Zimmer & John Powell
Released May 24, 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Score
Length 64:26
Label Varèse Sarabande
Producer Hans Zimmer
John Powell
Hans Zimmer & John Powell chronology
''Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
(2011)
Kung Fu Panda 2:
Music from the Motion Picture
''Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
(2011)
John Powell film scores chronology
''Rio
(2011)
''Happy Feet Two
(2011)

Kung Fu Panda 2 is the soundtrack of the film of the same, scored by Hans Zimmer and John Powell and released in May 24, 2011. Just like the movie, the soundtrack received positive reviews from music critics.

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Ancient China / Story of Shen"   2:43
2. "Dumpling Warrior"   1:20
3. "Inner Peace"   2:25
4. "Musicians Village"   1:20
5. "Save Kung Fu"   3:41
6. "Daddy Issues"   4:22
7. "Stealth Mode"   4:04
8. "Gongmen Jail"   2:40
9. "Rickshaw Chase"   2:36
10. "Po and Shen / Face to Face"   5:58
11. "More Cannons!"   3:00
12. "Fireworks Factory"   6:48
13. "Po Finds the Truth"   5:03
14. "Invasion Begins"   2:37
15. "Zen Ball Master"   7:21
16. "My Fist Hungers for Justice"   4:55
17. "Dumpling Warrior Remix"   3:30

Sequel

After the success of Kung Fu Panda 2, DreamWorks Animation confirmed that there will be 6 movies in the franchise. Kung Fu Panda 3 is confirmed to be released in 2016, with Jennifer Yuh Nelson returning to direct and Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger returning to write the script. The original cast will return in the movie, and Kung Fu Panda 3 will be the first American animated movie to ever be co-produced by a Chinese firm.

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