Prepare for Panda- monium
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.