The Panda is back and from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is KUNG FU PANDA and KUNG FU PANDA 2!
KUNG FU PANDA (2008) tells the story of Po (Jack Black), a panda who has big dreams. Working in his Dad Ping (James Hong) in the noodle shop, Po knows there is something else out in the big world for him. Hearing that the Dragon Warrior is about to be chosen by Master Oogway (Randall Kim), Po volunteers to take the noodle cart just to be near the excitement.
Up the hundreds of stairs to the Jade Palace, Po finally lays eyes on his heroes – the Furious Five with Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu) and Crane (David Cross). Standing before Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), the Furious Five await the decision. What they don’t count on is Po who arrives in his accidental way and in front of the pointy finger of Master Oogway!
Now the Dragon Warrior, Shifu and the Furious Five are in shock but there isn’t time to stay that way. It has been discovered that Tai Lung (Ian McShane) has escaped from prison and he has only one goal – to get his paws on the Dragon Scroll. The only one who can read the scroll is the Dragon Warrior!
Training begins and unlikely friendships are formed as only the Panda can save them all!
Also starring Dan Fogler as Zeng, Michael Clark Duncan as Commander Vachir, and Kyle Gass as KG Shaw.
KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011) brings the band back together for another adventure! This time Po, Tigress, Viper, Crane, Monkey and Mantis, along with Master Shifu are out to stop Shen (Gary Oldman), a peacock with feather blades who means business. Calling himself the Lord of Gongman City, Shen has created a new weapon with his goal of ending kung fu.
In an attempt to stop him, Po begins remembering a connection with Shen and his childhood. Looking to Master Shifu to find peace with bringing the past and present together, there is only one way to make that happen – discover that connection and stop Shen from destroying those Po cares about the most, his friends and kung fu.
Also starring Michelle Yeoh as Soothsayer, Danny McBride as Wolf Boss, Dennis Haysbert as Master Ox, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Master Croc and Victor Garber as Master Rhino.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give KUNG FU PANDA and KUNG FU PANDA 2 five tubs of popcorn each which means they get a perfect 10! There is nothing about these two animated films that I don’t like. They are fun, endearing, hilarious, beautifully animated, a story that is relatable, and beloved.
From the original film to part two I love that the creators keep the flow. The drama is there with moments of humor to keep it from becoming too serious for kids. The action is eye candy from start to finish. I absolutely love the animation with its brilliant color, beautiful costuming (even for animated characters) and music that is both lovely and intense.
KUNG FU PANDA and KUNG FU PANDA 2 DVD’s include an awesome bonus disc with over 80 minutes of fur flying fun. There are three new animated adventures The Secret of the Scroll, Secrets of the Masters and Secrets of the Furious Five. Also, Martial Arts Awesomeness Music Video, Mash-Up of Awesomeness: Slo-Mo, Mash-Up of Blunders plus a Sneak Peek of KUNG FU PANDA 3. Included is Digital HD that can be steamed and downloaded on the family television, computer, tablet and Smartphone. KUNG FU PANDA 2 DVD also has the three animated adventures with special features of Kickin it with the Cast, Deleted Scenes and Audio Commentary.
I am personally thrilled looking forward to KUNG FU PANDA 3. These are characters that have become iconic as my family has truly enjoyed every animated and hilarious minute. Now, their children are getting their chance to experience the humble beginnings of Po and the gang but also get ready to see the next installment coming soon to theatres.
In the end — it’s all about the awesomeness!