Pre­pare for Panda- mo­nium

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

IT’S quite an ac­com­plish­ment for a se­quel to be both bet­ter and worse than its pre­de­ces­sor, but Kung Fu Panda 2 does it. While it ad­vances the themes and rocks the an­i­ma­tion and de­sign, it over­cooks the ac­tion and the story’s fresh kung- pow kick is miss­ing some heat. Ac­tion wise, it’s again cen­tred on chunky panda Po ( Jack Black), who this time has to bat­tle his own anx­i­eties about his child­hood as well as tak­ing on a su­per- vil­lain­ous pea­cock that has de­signs on killing off kung fu and tak­ing over China. The sappy mes­sages par­ents want their kids to hear and the car­toony, butt- kickin’ ac­tion the kids want to see com­bine pretty well but the tone is a bit darker this time and it’s light- on for comedic el­e­ments. Ex­tras: Film­maker’s commentary, deleted scenes, ‘‘ Kickin’ it with the Cast’’ and ‘‘ World of Dream­works An­i­ma­tion’’ fea­turettes plus a sneak peek at the Kung Fu Panda: Leg­ends of Awe­some­ness TV se­ries and the How to Train Your Dragon arena spec­tac­u­lar. NOT VIEWED.

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