This movie is intelligent and full of things to relate to on different levels and for different ages. It's very funny but it has so much compassion and carries many moral lessons such as, "teaching that which is new through that which is already known." This film makes Kung Fu and martial arts fresh and fun while appealing to audiences of all ages and interests.
There are many stand-out scenes because the animation was gloriously rich with a world of colors, particularly scenes such as when Po, played by Jack Black, is taking a bath and the bubbles are flying around. The 3D animation is so crisp and clear that the bubbles seemed touchable. The scene was full of chuckles from the audience but the children were reaching out with audible oohs and ah's.
The character relationships were so beautiful and relatable. It is probably the most family-friendly film I've seen because it's nothing but friends and families who stick together through thick and thin.
Mr. Ping, played by James Hong, maintains his worry from the previous film that Po will eventually be disappointed and leave. He is a work of art and he embodies something so many of us have seen in a worried parent that you just can't help but love him.
The internal conflict Mr. Ping has with Po spending time with his biological father "Li", played by Bryan Cranston, is sincere and relatable.
The new villain, "Kai", played by J.K. Simmons, is super cool, not only in his own right, but because he comes with and creates "Jade Zombies" aka "Jombies."
The new characters introduced have a charm of their own and play a part in Po's next achievement in becoming a Master in Chi. Even the names sent giggles through children watching such as Dim and Sum, two of Po's many cousins. Then there is "Mei Mei" played by Kate Hudson who is an awesome new addition.
The score by Hans Zimmer was spot on and created moods of joy, laughter, sorrow, battle and victory. In terms of the action sequences, there were tidbits of Anime-style action embedded in these scenes that hardcore Anime enthusiasts will catch.
I could go on for days, but people deserve not to be spoiled and to be wowed themselves. This movie achieves a certain animated magic and gives us a longing to continually visit the world they create in the film. It leaves folks both young in age and at heart with the idea that it's great to be the best "you" you can be, flaws and all.
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