Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Kung Fu Panda 2 delivers stunning animation and voiceovers. The movie received positive reviews upon release, with many people stating the entertainment factor to be just as good as the first. Kung Fu Panda 2 surpassed the first movie in terms of amount grossed in theaters. It is the highest grossing animated movie of 2011.
Kung Fu Panda 2 starts by telling the story of Lord Shen, who stood to inherit rule of the land in ancient times. Lord Shen, voiced by Gary Oldman, orders a mass extermination of pandas after a soothsayer warns him he will be destroyed by a “warrior of black and white.” Because of this, Lord Shen is exiled from Gongmen City.
Kung Fu Panda 2 then flashes to several years later, after the end of the first movie. Po (Jack Black) is the Dragon Warrior who protects Gongmen City. He soon learns of a weapon of destruction being built by Lord Shen, who has returned to exact his revenge. Po and the Furious Five set off to stop Lord Shen and destroy the weapon.
While Kung Fu Panda 2 is entertaining and witty, some reviews claim it lacks originality. However, the visually stunning animation, done in three different styles, and vivid colors provide an enjoyable viewing experience. Kung Fu Panda was produced to take full advantage of current 3D technology, enhancing the visual experience even more.
The development of characters in Kung Fu Panda 2 is similar in depth to that of the first movie. Time is spent to allow the viewer to feel they know the character without becoming boring. This is showcased in the development of Lord Shen and masters Croc, Ox, and Rhino. These are all new characters in Kung Fu Panda 2 whose voices and personalities are portrayed masterfully.
Kung Fu Panda 2 was received just as well, if not better, than the original. It contains more actions scenes, better visualizations, and the same witty humor. Kung Fu Panda 2 has a rating of 81% who like it on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.