"When You Follow The Noble Path, Anything Is Possible!" Full-Length KUNG FU PANDA 2 Trailer!
Well, for years Pixar called the rest of the studios out, and it looks like this year, the studios answered. (Actually, they started to answer a couple of years back with the first KUNG FU PANDA, but just work with me here.) And now, following the terrific RANGO, we're getting KUNG FU PANDA 2, and it looks just wonderful. I especially love the dragon gag - it may be a poop joke, but it'a a good one:
KUNG FU PANDA 2 opens May 27, 2011. Can't wait.
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March 4, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST
by D o o d
March 4, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST
Really liked the first. Admittedly I had low expectations. Hoping for the best here.
March 4, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST
Why is this such a draw for people to spend more money? If you have 2 eyes, you see in 3D. We're not walking around looking at everything and going OOOOOOOOH!
March 4, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST
Between this and How To Train your Dragon, it seems like Dreamworks is really focusing on epic eye candy, which works just fine with me as long as the whole thing isn't totally braindead. Looks like fun
March 4, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST
March 4, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST
full length trailer? Dammit, already...
March 4, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
March 4, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST
March 4, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST
...30 minutes later.
March 4, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST
Thought Jackie Chan and the other furious 5 weren't utilized to their full potential in the first but it appears they have rectified that this time around.
March 4, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST
...And I was horribly wrong. Felt like an extended Looney Toons cartoon (Which is a high praise). Can't wait for the second!
March 4, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST
i mean the trailer was shit, but the film behind it looks good. i like that they're ditching the shaw brothers approach in the first and are going for a mix of crouching tiger hidden dragon/Hero style epic feel and Steven Chow style comedy like Kung Fu Hustle (which was also great fun). I think it will kick ass. The humour did feel a little flat though, apart from the funny dragon taking a shit gag. I'm hoping they just chose the jokes they thought would appeal most to the 8 year olds to lure their families in.
March 4, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST
as do I
March 4, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST
the first movie was just so much damn fun, I'll probably see this based on sheer goodwill.
March 4, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST
Here's hoping this one delivers...it's looking like it might be funny, too. Hopefully they will be as "smart" in mimicking and semi-spoofing genre conventions as the first one.
March 4, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST
It was the meaningful thread of damn good story telling that made it work. This trailer is exaclty the same as the trailer for the first film was... hopefully that means Kung Fu Panda 2 will be the suprise great film hiding behind a shit ad campaign that the first movie was.
March 4, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST
Even if I don't agree with you all of the time, at least you're adding a steady supply of content to this site.
March 4, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST
March 4, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST
Which will own.
March 4, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST
March 4, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST
Somehow, the first movie was really, really great. It had some of the most engaging, inventive action scenes ever, uh, "filmed," and some really fantastic, subtle animation. This trailer isn't really grabbing me (not entirely sure why), but I've got faith the film will be great.
March 4, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST
March 4, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST
Dreamworks really stepped up their game with the first Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, both of which I loved. I can't wait to see this!
March 4, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST
by Andy Pandy
"Ew, it had a poop joke. This will suck! Oh! What's this? A new Toy Story short? Excuse my boner, I have to go jizz" Ironically, that poop joke was the undeniably hilarious. Love the direction Dreamworks is going. Keep up the good work. The worst part of the trailer was the Black Peas remix of the Pulp Fiction theme.
March 4, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST
by Andrew Coleman
Dreamworks has dropped the idea of original content and just wants sequels. Saw Rango(brilliant) and trailers for this and a Puss N Boots trailer played before it. Both showed nothing much but advertised the 3D!!! So to me it looks like not a lot of time or story was put into these films and they are pulling a Shrek 3(Who cares if it fucking sucks kids and idiots will see it more than twice but this time in 3D). So I don't know, I liked the first Panda but the "story" of this one already feels forced. Like two dudes got high and went... "I got it! He has to save Kung Fu!"... "What does that mean?"... "I don't know, who gives a shit?".
March 4, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST
by Jet Jaguar
I trust it'll be good. But I fear Dreamworks will ruin this franchise by infecting it with a bad case of sequelitis, like they did with Shrek.
March 4, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST
Didn't really know what to think of this before- I wasn't even sure KFP needed a sequel, seeing how great it was. This trailer makes KFP2 look much better now.
March 4, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST
by Teddy Artery
I'll probably catch it on DVD. Hey, what can I say... I'm poor.
March 4, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST
Pretty much like every animal cgi movie. Plus a much better movie was sitting under their nose. The cricket that does Kung Fu would have been much funnier and unlikely. Kung Fu cricket. Now that's a good idea.
March 4, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST
Remix of the Pulp Fiction theme? You mean... the actual song, Misirlou, which existed decades before Pulp Fiction?
March 4, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST
by Andy Pandy
March 4, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST
by Andy Pandy
March 4, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST
by D o o d
SPOT ON my friend!
March 4, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST
Here are my issues with Kung Fu Panda- the most interesting character(s) was NOT the main one. And that's a damn shame. You know what was more interesting and involving than Jack Black Bear? Master Shifu's Obi-Wan relationship to Tai Lung's Anakin, the teacher who was surpassed in skill by his student who also turned to the Dark Side. The regret Shifu must have felt, the longing to be accepted by him in Tai Lung, and the point of no return of redemption ... It was fantastic stuff. But everytime the story shifted to Po, urgh. Also, what's the fucking point of casting these well-known actors as the Furious Five if they don't do shit? And it would have been a much better and more organic story development if the Five stopped ridiculing Po so much and instead were vital in helping him gain confidence in himself. Total letdown. The fight scenes were great, though. The character work (other than the aforementioned Shifu and Lung and the tortoise too) not so much.
March 4, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST
Ha ha ha! He's a kung fu master, but he talks like an American teenager! That's FUNNY! And ever' time he does that with wise old Master Shifu, Shifu gets annoyed an' impatient, which is HILARIOUS! Do it AGAIN! Oh! And then there's the slow-mo scenes of him yelling with the sound all slowed down - HA HA!! If some is good, more is better! True for cologne, true for movies! Seriously though, I do wish that we'd see a Po that has wizened up a bit through what he experienced in the first film, and an intellectual property that has grown up with the main character a little. But I also get that this is a kid's movie, and as Obscura mentioned, maybe we'll get a movie that's better than what this trailer is suggesting.
March 4, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST
Based on this trailer, I see no growth except in his "skillz".
March 5, 2011, 1:21 a.m. CST
The first film was a surprising success for me, and How To Train Your Dragon was a great follow-up. Dreamworks can really kill when they aim high and strike hard. But the mediocrity shows when they aim for middle ground, often blowing it completely when they do so. The only sub-par story telling I enjoyed was Over The Hedge and Monsters vs. Aliens. Can't remember if Despicable Me was theirs, but that was also fuckin' great.
March 5, 2011, 3 a.m. CST
March 5, 2011, 3 a.m. CST
March 5, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST
... is the prospect of another Powell/Zimmer collaboration.
March 5, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST
by Fran Towe
and anyone who criticizes Dreamworks's sequels and praises Pixar is ignorant of Cars 2. How does a legitimately terrible movie get a sequel? Oh that's right, it's a billion dollar merchandise franchise so Disney/Pixar pushes forward on Lasseter's pet project and puts profits above storytelling.
March 5, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST
People criticize Dreamworks sequels because they decide before hand "We're going to make 4 more of these". Just look to recent stories about Katzenberg placing those constraints on the animation studio. Unlike Pixar who comes up with a good story first and then moves forward with a sequel. The difference appears to be Pixar says story first, and Dreamworks says sequel first.
March 5, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST
We need a sequel to KUNG FU PANDA like we need a sequel to smallpox.
March 5, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST
Because he's not the misfit, wistful wanna-be anymore. He's badass and therefore boring. If Tai Lung were in this pic, and it was about his redemption, I'd see it. Otherwise, nah.
March 5, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST
I watched this for the first time about two weeks ago with my kid. Got to say the Tai Lung escape scene was the best action I've seen in ages Animated or otherwise. Hope the sequel is as good.
March 5, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST
... looks awesomely fun. woot
March 5, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST
If you ask me, Disney and Pixar would rather have the industry to themselves.
March 5, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST
...Is the first thing that jumps to mind. But then again, that pretty much goes without saying. Guess the cool old Dick Dale version wasn't "hip" enough for the trailer.
March 5, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST
Freakin'? Really? In a kids movie? Great, I just know my kids will be running around saying Freakin' all the time now. Thanks Dreamworks.
March 6, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST
There isn't a single fart joke in Kung Fu Panda. The closest is when he puts his tail in the soup. I don't think there can be any doubt that Pixar films feature far better plotting. I still have big issues with the distance between the prison and the Valley of Peace; Tai Lung must really be taking his time getting back there, to say how quickly the bird covers the distance. In the commentary they even say "It doesn't make sense, just ignore it." The comparible Pixar point I can think of is Al getting back from Japan in time to make a new commercial the next morning in Toy Story 2; yeah, that's BS too. But its a one off joke that pays off the end of his story in an immediate way; not a major plot point on which many events hang. However, one thing I love about Kung Fu Panda is the subtely of Po's main skill - his ability to take a major beating and just keep going. It's one of those things were you just write off the beatings Po takes because it is a cartoon, its Loony Toons violence, but actually it is all building up to showing how he is able to defeat Tai Lung at the end. Which leads to Despicable Me (which was Universal, BTW). They try to actually play the Loony Toons card here (he gets eaten by a shark?! WTF) and then later it gets all serious and he has to dodge a few missiles or he is going to die. I do really like the film, but I don't really buy it. One great thing about Despicable Me is that none of the cast sound like themselves; they are talented people, acting well, but totally in character; not just playing themsleves. I'd say JB does some pretty good voice acting in Panda 1 ("I'd also sell the bean buns", love his reading of that line) but it is still just him.
March 6, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST
Why in the Hell do you hire some big name celebrity at a huge premium to provide voice work for an animated feature, if you cannot figure out who the actor is? It's one thing if you hire a big name character actor, but Angelina Jolie was the tiger in the first KFP movie, and other than the screen credits, you'd never know it. Jack Black is easily recognizable. I had the same reaction to Brad Pitt's character in Megamind. Any douchebag could have done that voice. The Pixar people get this. The actors they for for major parts have distinctive, recognizable voices. The whole panoply of Toy Story characters is a classic example. And, instead of picking some non-distinct voice like Amy Adams, for Helen Parr in the Incredibles, they picked the incredibly distinctive and highly recognizable Holly Hunter.
March 6, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST
You can tell his influence on a movie, whether it be Disney or Pixar, in about 2 seconds. This is why the BEST pixar films are mostly the creative work of other people like Brad Bird or Andrew Stanton.
March 6, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST
Both studios have some hits and misses as far as I'm concerned. That said, I loved the first KFP, and it's easily my fave DW flick--up there with HTTYD. Can't wait for part 2. Cars 2 on the other hand...let's just say Cars isn't my favorite Pixar movie. It's down there with A Bug's Life.
March 7, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST
. . . to logical for this site. AICN by-law 853: Statute 27, Sub-section C clearly states: You must take an extreme position on the given movie (ie: unwavering loyalty or holier-than-thou hatred), and not stray from that view. You can't just "like" two things. Whadja do, go to "skool" or something? It's like people put more thought into their Login I.D. than they do their opinions. Nice to see a rational being here from time to time. I'll just climb on down fro my soapbox now . . .
March 7, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST
Although PIXAR has more consistent quality, Dreamworks has thankfully stepped it up and started cranking out quality products. True, A Bug's Life and Cars are not PIXAR's best movies, but I find myself enjoying them when the kids are watching them. It's nice to see other studios starting to do the same. I'll be seeing Rango next week, but I hear it's fantastic. Who cares who makes the movies as long as they're good? Why can't we like movies from more than one studio?
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