Dancefloor HONEY 2 (PG)
Younger audiences will get just as much fun though from the traditional 2D version without the discomfort or distraction of the plastic spectacles. Overweight panda Po (voiced by Black) is living his dream as an all-action bear, honing his skills under the watchful eye of mentor Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). However, he is haunted by fragmented memories, which eventually reveal how his father came to be a goose called Mr Ping (James Wong). It transpires that an evil peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) is the cause of Po’s deep emotional wounds. Spurred on by a dire warning about pandas from an elderly soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh), Shen and his army of snarling wolves are on a collision course with Po, armed with a deadly weapon that could bring China to its knees. Thankfully, Po can always rely on The Furious Five – Crane (David Cross), Mantis
Honey 2 lurches from one bad routine to the next. (Seth Rogen), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Tigress (Angelina Jolie) and Viper (Lucy Liu) – to avert disaster. Kung Fu Panda 2 doesn’t quite soar to the dizzy heights of DreamWorks’ last animated feature, How To Train Your Dragon, but Yuh Nelson’s film plays to its strengths. The sequel relies heavily on Black to unleash his verbal fireworks and to continue sparking potential romance with Jolie’s kung fu kitty. Hoffman’s comic timing is impeccable and Oldman delivers his lines in suitably Machiavellian tones. The action sequences are bigger and more complex but still fall short of the intricacy of Pixar’s most recent pictures. Hopefully DreamWorks Animation will have learned
Katerina Graham, Christopher ’War’ Martinez, Randy Wayne, Brittany Perry-Russell, Seychelle Gabriel.
ARRIVING eight years after the original Honey with director Bille Woodruff still at the helm, this flat-footed dance sequel doesn’t boast a single original move. Honey 2 somersaults from one predictable set-piece to the next as a fiercely independent lass overcomes adversity to find her calling in the spotlight. The ramshackle plot, thrown carelessly together, creaks almost as loudly as the painfully
MADCAP FUN: A scene from Kung Fu Panda 2.