Before I get into how awesome this movie was (which it was, by the way), let me take a few to get the uninitiated (or those parents who viewed the movie in a more emotional sense, enjoying time with the kids whilst mentally checking out.):
At the end of the first movie (which, if no sequel had been made, would have been perfect!), we have our hero, Po (the Panda from the title) who has realized not only his dream by becoming a Kung Fu Warrior (think Sammo Hung from that one CBS TV back in the 90′s with Arsenio, but in a Panda Suit.), but has also realized an ancient prophecy by becoming the ‘Dragon Warrior’; a seemingly unstoppable force in the world of Kung Fu.
This was all with the bonus moral to the story, with Poe’s ability as the Dragon Warrior being directly linked to his belief in himself (which made the ending soooo good!)- awww, shucks.
The only real question that could have been asked from my point of view (and it wasn’t so much a question as a pre-concluded fact) was this: Poe is not a bird, and must be adopted. No way that Big Ass Bear came out of an egg that would have had to come out a bird about 1/3 his size. Nope. Not happening.
Fast forward to ‘present’ – Poe is a part of the Furious Five (or six?), and they all work really well as a team to maintain peace in their mountaintop village. Poe, as the Dragon Warrior is a legend (and still a little out of shape, which is exploited early on to make the kiddos laugh).
Anywho, to prevent spoilers, all I will say is – Dreamworks took that not-so-much-of-a-question from above, and worked a pretty solid story out of it, with some new Kung Fu Techniques learned along the way, and giving us plenty of character back story to – fat pun not intended – digest. This flick is an instant must see for any Family, and the odd single person who will try – in vain – not to look too creepy while heading in to the theater.
Enjoy! – Freddy J.