Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a worthy sequel to the first one, the film is very well directed. I the 2008 animated film was a gem this is a diamond. After Po, the panda established himself as the dragon warrior after conquering the evil warrior Tai Lung and rescuing the Dragon Scroll in the earlier film, in this film, Po has established himself as the celebrated savior of the valley. This film takes Po in the search for his identity and his quest for inner peace. The film starts with a introduction that the peacocks ruling the valley due to their great invention Fireworks, Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) is the son of the peacock king and is very evil. He aspires to rule the whole China by a fiery cannon which will all but but end the ancient art of kung fu.

Naturally Po is accompanied by the Furious Five, in the shutdown of Lord Shen. Po himself is the star of the show, and those who enjoyed the earlier film will be happy to know that there is still plenty of jokes about Po being fat, lazy and constantly hungry. in fact, the very first time we see him in the film, he’s accepted the challenge to stuff 40 buns in his mouth.

The action scenes are better than the last time, and the animation itself is exceptional in terms of textures. Flashback sequences unfold in rich, comic-book style, and a climatic sequence in which Po dodges deadly canon-balls is the most visually arresting set-piece you’ve seen in an animation film recently.

But Kung Fu Panda 2 is also a film with heart. There are touching scenes between Po and his adoptive father – the goose, and an important message in the end: that inner peace can be attained only by confronting the past, then letting go of it.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a treat for animation lovers. I’m going with four-and-a-half out of five for this return to awesomeness!