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Here's The Super Bowl Spot For KUNG FU PANDA 2 (Of Six??)!!

Published at: Feb. 3, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST by merrick

 

Merrick here...

A spot for the second KUNG FU PANDA movie...amazingly enough entitled KUNG FU PANDA 2...will air during the Super Bowl this weekend, but can be seen now via the embed below.  

Back in December, DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg revealed to Empire that current hopes/designs call for a total of 6 (six) KUNG FU PANDA movies.  "Kung Fu Panda actually has 6 chapters to it, and we’ve mapped that out over the years."  A sobering notion to which I have no cogent response.  

 

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  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I think Shrek had something like 6 chapters to it at one point...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Katz is an optimistic guy, gotta hand it to him... Oh, wait, did I say "optimistic?" Sorry, I meant "soulless, greed-driven..."

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    "we’ve mapped that out over the years"

    by MattmanReturns

    Sure they have.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    the last movie will be set in heaven

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    and show the panda looking up at the sky as a dragon flies overhead with his friends safely riding on it...

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    "Shrek Drinks A Fifth" and "Shrek Gets Violently Sixth"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Working titles since abandoned...

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    This ain't King Lear, Katzenberg

    by VaderSabre

    It'll be a sprawling epic that's going to show his fall and redemption? Oh, you clever CEO's love to saturate us til we turn against you, eh?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Well, they did have some foreshadowing in the 1st one

    by David Cloverfield

    With the whole "he's obviously adopted but it's never mentioned/he doesn't know" element. I actually liked that a lot that not a single line of dialogue acknowledges that his dad is from a different species. It's more organic than the stupid ass Shreck sequels that have and bend over backwards to have some kind of story and to make the princess look human like in the first one etc. Panda has a bigger franchise potential. (I also know Jack Black should annoy the living fuck out of me, I get why people hate him, but I still find him oddly likable for some reason.)

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Only hoping....

    by DellsDontBounce

    That the sequel(s) can even approach the fun of the first one...

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    for fuck's sake

    by mrbong

    fucking one Kung Fu Panda was more than enough, now six?? will anyone with any interesting in watching this shit please just get a pirate copy of it, rather stop giving them money to keep making lazy half-arsed shit like this.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    6 KFP movies?! And I thought a fourth Ice Age movie was overkill

    by Quadrillionaire

  • We're going to do 5 Shreks! And a Puss-In-Boots movie! And a Donkey movie! Then we're gonna do SIX Kung Fu Pandas! And 4 Shark Tales! Who needs a good story? We've got characters making funny faces!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    we need ANTZ 2

    by ORIONgods

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Pixars sequel to A Bug's Life:

    by professor murder

    A Bug's Death.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Stupid

    by The Game Master

    I loved the first Kung-Fu Panda, but I am aghast at seeing a sequel. How fucking stupid. And . . . 5 sequels? WTF? Just from this one TV spot, it is clear that ALL the magic is already sucked out of Kung-Fu Panda. Like cinematic liposuction. Even Shrek 2 (which I didn't care for) had Puss & Boots and other new elements. I at least gave that one a try, and it was clever, but had no magic like the first. KFP2 will be even worse. I agree with those who say to pirate the damn thing and discourage the studios from cranking out these tasteless, magicless sequels. Compared to "Kung Fu Panda 2", the Star Wars prequels look like pure magic! And that's not hyperbole!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Stupid

    by The Game Master

    I loved the first Kung-Fu Panda, but I am aghast at seeing a sequel. How fucking stupid. And . . . 5 sequels? WTF? Just from this one TV spot, it is clear that ALL the magic is already sucked out of Kung-Fu Panda. Like cinematic liposuction. Even Shrek 2 (which I didn't care for) had Puss & Boots and other new elements. I at least gave that one a try, and it was clever, but had no magic like the first. KFP2 will be even worse. I agree with those who say to pirate the damn thing and discourage the studios from cranking out these tasteless, magicless sequels. Compared to "Kung Fu Panda 2", the Star Wars prequels look like pure magic! And that's not hyperbole!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    "Well, the first was popular and well acclaimed..."

    by dcervera

    "....let's drive that bus into the ground!"

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    More Tai-Lung please...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Yeah I know, he's all "skadooshed", but still... Best escape evar!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    6 fucking chapters?

    by Amazing Maurice

    What? To be released over the next 20 years or so? Yeah, your kids and your grandkids will love it.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Hold still Bessie...

    by ATARI

    I ain't done milkin' you yet.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    BLAH BLAH BLAH....

    by blayne

    Yeah, let the typical AICN hating begin. I'm in...don't care. I was optimistic for Shrek (regardless) and I'll be optimistic for this as well.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Give it a chance

    by Acappellaman

    There are going to be a total of eight Harry Potter movies, but nobody bitches about that. There are WAY more than six James Bond movies, but nobody bitches about that. There are more than six Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street movies, but nob... err.... scratch that one. Anyways, my POINT is, as long as the individual movies are good, who cares how many movies there are in the franchise? If the second one sucks, then feel free to bitch about it. So far, they're one for one in my book. KFP ranks right up there with the PIXAR movies for me, and that's very high praise from me, since I idolize PIXAR. So far I like what I've seen in the trailers and teasers. I'll give it a fair shot.

  • Fucking LOVED that film - one of the best animated movies in years and it shat all over Pixar™'s recent efforts. That one film erased 10 years of fucking shite. It would be a shame to to see them take a back-step to their repitoire of endless pop-culture references and fart jokes.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Dreamworks made How to train your dragon and Megamind

    by David Cloverfield

    They are capable of making great stand alone getting closer to Pixar levels of awesomeness with every picture. I hope they don't suffocate the creativity of their artists into a sea of sequels. (And I still say Megamind is underappreciated. I had a blast watching that with my niece. Never seen evil = fun approached on this level. If only they lost those fucking cliché songs.)

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    *Repertoire

    by Amazing Maurice

    fuck my english

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    That's the Main problem with Dreamworks

    by D o o d

    They'll have a hit and then bleed every cent out of it. There doesn't seem to be much in the order of restraint or even innovation and moving forward. The only decent things to come out of Dreamworks are Shrek (they then destroyed this by crappy sequels) Kung Fu Panda (we now know they're going to butcher this too!) How to Train your Dragon (I'm sure butchering is in the works!)

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    6 chapters?

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    ....4 of those are going str8 to Walmart.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    d o o d: you're right about How To Train Your Dragon

    by Amazing Maurice

    I heard they're planning a trilogy and a fucking TV series. *sigh*

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    How to Train Your Dragon's score should win the Oscar...

    by pollaxt

    No chance it does. And more Dragon sequels! There is a lot of source material out there.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    There's been 13 Land Before Time movies

    by slone13

    And the 4th Ice Age is already in production. Why are 6 Kung Fu Panda movies that hard to believe?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    After the 2

    by pauduro

    3-6 straight to dvd

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Ya know... listening to Jack Black mutter gibbrish...

    by LargoJr

    really isn't all that entertaining.. seriously. WHY the fuck does this guy have a career again? <p> Seriously, it's like his Gulliver's Travels abomination wasn't enough to make him STOP being such a useless untalented douche?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    It's easy to blame Dreamworks for milking their franchises

    by seasider

    But unlike Pixar, they don't have a Daddy Warbucks in Disney to bankroll their projects. Dreamworks was a startup studio that didn't have a legitimate box office hit until Shrek in 2001. For about 5 years, Shrek was their meal ticket to stay in business and remain competitive with Pixar. I'm sure they'd love to focus on more individual films but they don't have that luxury. When they get get a hit, they have to ride that gravy train till it stops.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    seasider

    by D o o d

    What the hell are you talking about. Pixar has been going on its own for many years and when they 'merged' with Disney, it was at Disney lowest moment. Disney was not doing too well and in-fact, even though it seemed like Disney was purchasing Pixar, it was actually the other way around! So your argument has no foundation! The only reason Pixar have a solid base it's because their products are GOOD and Original!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Thanx for that...

    by Triple_J_72

    ...now I know precisely when I can take a bathroom break during the game. ;-)

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Makes more sense than Shrek

    by MrD

    This at least is an adventure tale at heart. Like Bond or Jones, no reason that this couldn't keep going on. However, the idea that it is "mapped out" as a 6 story arc sounds both fishy and pretentious. Can't they just say "hey, its a fun character, a fun world, and we're just gonna run with it as long as it makes people smile."

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Yeah, seasider, you got that wrong.

    by blackwood

    Disney 'bought' Pixar -- with $7.4 billion in stocks. Which instantly made Pixar THE majority shareholder in Disney. And Lasseter, VP of Pixar became CCO of both. So Disney bought Pixar by giving Pixar majority control of Disney. Anyway, the point is, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON was fantastic and I don't care how many shitty PANDA movies they make as long as HTTYD stays sacred.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    I'm still waiting for "Pete's Dragon 2" (which was to be a trilogy!)

    by The Reluctant Austinite

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    yeah...

    by JaredP

    i mean pixar making toy story 3 and cars 2 at least had merit. people actually enjoyed the first films not jack blacks lame ass attempts to be a fat, funny talking panda, that also knows kung fu, which is about as funny as waiting to take a dump

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Dood

    by seasider

    Pixar by definition may have been an independent company before the 2006 merger but they were always backed by Disney as their distributor and co-financier. Disney made a 3 picture deal with Pixar when the company was struggling and on the brink of being sold. This of course was when Disney was riding high with the success of The Lion King. When Disney was going through a rough patch with their movies, Pixar agreed to Disney buying them in exchange for control of their animation division. People look at this Pixar coming to save the day but the reality is, Pixar knows they have benefited off Disney's name just as much Disney has profited off Pixar's brand. They make a great team which is why the 2 companies are still together. Going back to Dreamworks Animation, they spun off on their own with their parent company Dreamworks Pictures in 2004 and currently have a distribution with Paramount that will expire in 2013. I'm not making an argument about who makes better movies. My point is Dreamworks Animation makes sequels to their most profitable movies partly because they're a studio with plenty of investors that they need to keep happy so they can keep the lights on.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    braindrain

    by BadMrWonka

    I know feeding trolls is frowned upon, but as usual, you are completely, stupidly wrong. Jack Black only had one hit? Tropic Thunder? School of Rock? Both GIGANTIC hits. Hell, The Holiday made a bunch, so did Shallow Hal....even Nacho Libre made $80 million. In fact, his only real flop was Year One, and that still made 40 million plus. In closing, you're still a complete moron. you have yet to top your retarded argument about studio financing that we had a while back. that was a true classic.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    For the record Toy Story 3 sucked!!!

    by Quadrillionaire

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    I'll see all of you back here for the bash CARS 2 thread, then?

    by moviemack

    Or, you're all a bunch of fukken posers? Oh, that's right. This is AICN. Posing is what you all do. the mack is back. Eat my balls.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    telemarketer, you've never seen tits.

    by moviemack

    Therefore, um, what do you know about tits?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    braindrain

    by BadMrWonka

    a) I was limiting the movies I mentioned to ones were Jack Black was the legitimate lead, or one of them. King Kong was more ensemble. b) so you're argument is that, while proving how wrong you were, I may have missed an opportunity to prove even further how wrong you were? and therefore...you were right? c) you are still really stupid. the guy ragging on you as a troll before you even post is annoying, and I wouldn't sink that low. but man...you are really dumb. you seem to sort of enjoy your own stupidity, like someone shitting in a hot tub and smiling. it's astonishing, actually.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Wow. I mean, just, wow...

    by Coughlins Laws

    I mean, wow...

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    No, coughlin's law, they all got in it for INCEPTION.

    by moviemack

    You idiot.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Wait. Somebody wants to claim Jackson's KING KONG?

    by moviemack

    Even Jack Black doesn't want to have anything to do with that shit.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    SCHOOL OF ROCK. Gigantic?

    by moviemack

    Jebus fukken chrissy. If you don't want people to think you're a fukktard, don't type fukktarded shit.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson's KING KONG. Bad as movies get.

    by moviemack

    Cameron looks at Peter Jackson and says to himself, "At least I've never done anything as stupid as that nitwit has done."

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 12:22 a.m. CST

    moviemack

    by D o o d

    I don't think that Jackson is a nitwit, but I am 100% behind you on Kong. That film was a disgrace!

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one

    by SithMenace

    that thought Kung Fu Panda kind of sucked? I'm all for great animation, but that movie bored me to tears.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    braindrain

    by D o o d

    I almost forgot about that huge turd. I went to see that because the story from the outside, sounded good. What a huge disappointment that movie was! I read the book later, thinking that something must have been lost in translation. However, I can confirm that the book is a pile of shit too!

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Best. Animated. Martial.Arts. Movie. Ever.

    by yamayama

    Seriously. Kung Fu Panda's animators must have spent months going over individual kung fu style. Though one thing , due to Panda's "heavy set" nature(ahem!) his physique would be more suitable to the Karate style of Kyokushinkai. Panda is like a reincarnation of Mas Oyama. Lots of low Muay Thai kicks and really sick body strikes that could flatten a elephant. Google "100 man kumite" to see what i am talking about. If and when they do Kung Fu Panda 3 can the animators please research through the archive footage of Mas Oyama and his early students, and base Panda on them.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Kung Fu Panda doing Sanchin Kata!! He's built for it!

    by yamayama

    The body mechanics animation for the animators should look at the Goju Ryu kata Sanchin! Would love to see Kung Fu Panda do Sanchin!

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Like I've said before...don't Shrek this to death, Dreamworks

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    We don't need a Kung Fu Panda "saga" mapped out over the course of SIX fucking movies, we just ned you to concentrate on making ONE good sequel and getting out while the getting is good. Shrek 2 was as great as the first, and Shrek 3 was inoffensive and pleasant enough, but Shrek 4? AND a Puss n' Boots spinoff? AND two television specials?! I loved Kung Fu Panda, and I don't want to look back at it a decade from now, three increasingly poor sequels later, and wonder why I liked it in the first place. :(

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Great song choice

    by zyuray2

    I don't think I have EVER heard that song used in a trailer.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    braindrain

    by BadMrWonka

    you wrote, "King King was NOT an ensemble movie. Black was the lead as were Brody and Watts." wow. just when I think you're done, you top yourself. thank you for listing a movie with at least 3 leads, as you say it's not an ensemble. god, you can't make this shit up... and I don't care if you hate Nacho Libre, I've never even seen the movie myself, and I don't care if it's good or not. my point is that it made $100 million worldwide, tripling its budget. so yes, it did very well, and once again, you're a moron.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I liked Kung Fu Panda

    by Juggernaut125

    though I'm not such a big fan of Jack Black. And I hope they do bring back Tai Lung for a redemption story somewhere down the line of the... 6? (Is that right? 6 movies??? Sheeeesh... sigh) of one of the next 5 movies.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    FUCK YOU 2 PANDA

    by MrMysteryGuest