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Dance­floor HONEY 2 (PG)

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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.

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