October 1, 2008

Kung Fu Panda 2 Is Heading Our Way

I guess it was only a matter of time, but Slash Film is reporting that Kung Fu Panda 2 is coming our way and already has a release date. June 3, 2011 will see the continued adventures of Po and the Furious Five.

The film proved to be a big hit, with a box office of more than $215 million. When a film is making that kind of coin, it is only a matter of time before they try to make a sequel out of it. The question is, does the source material have enough substance to support a second story? I think that Kung Fu Panda does. I mean, it is not really set up for an obvious sequel, but the characters are good enough to build upon.

Jack Black and Angelina Jolie have signed on to reprise their voices and it is expected that all of the principals will return for round two. Screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger are also signed to pen the sequel.

I liked the film and found it to be, possibly, the best film from Dreamworks Animation. It has a good story, good characters, and it is funny. Hopefully the second will have similar quality.


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