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Kung Fu Panda Two - Pack (Kung Fu Panda Widescreen Edition + Secrets of the Furious Five) by John Stevenson, Mark Osborne, Raman Hui (Directors)
Review by Charles Mohapel
Dreamworks Animated DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B001G6E7QK
Date: 01December 2008 List Price $34.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Upon first seeing a trailer for Kung Fu Panda, I just knew it would be a hilarious animated film. Once again Jack Black is in his element as the even more well-rounded Po, the Giant Panda. Obviously the adopted son of Mr. Ping, the Chinese Goose, Po dreams of being the most awesome Kung Fu master in the world and hanging around with the Furious Five, at least not when they're fighting against overwhelming odds.

Cast:

    Jack Black ... Po, the Giant Panda (voice)
    Dustin Hoffman ... Master Shifu, the Red Panda (voice)
    Angelina Jolie ... Master Tigress, the South China Tiger (voice)
    Ian McShane ... Tai Lung, the Snow Leopard (voice)
    Jackie Chan ... Master Monkey, the Gee's Golden Langur (voice)
    Seth Rogen ... Master Mantis, the Mantis (voice)
    Lucy Liu ... Master Viper, the Green Tree Viper (voice)
    David Cross ... Master Crane, the Red-crowned Crane (voice)
    Randall Duk Kim ... Master Oogway, the Galápagos Tortoise (voice)
    James Hong ... Mr. Ping, the Chinese Goose (voice)
    Dan Fogler ... Zeng, the Chinese Goose (voice)
    Michael Clarke Duncan ... Commander Vachir, the Javan Rhinoceros (voice)
    Wayne Knight ... Gang Boss (voice)

From official release/information:

Product Description: What's a panda to do when his dreams of kung-fu awesomeness awake to the cold reality of noodle-making? Clumsy, overweight Po (Jack Black) dreams of becoming a kung fu master like China's revered "furious five," but instead seems destined to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in the restaurant business. When great leader Oogway has a vision that the imprisoned kung fu warrior Tai Lung (Ian McShane) will soon escape, he declares it time to choose China's dragon warrior -- one kung fu master deemed worthy of possessing the dragon's scroll and its secret to limitless power. Po and all the townspeople rush to the Jade Palace atop the highest mountain to witness the contest between Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogan), Crane (David Cross) and Viper (Lucy Liu), but Po is locked outside the palace. After a miracle of sorts, Po lands inside the palace gates, where he is chosen as the dragon warrior and placed under the tutelage of the decidedly non-plussed master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). An unconventional student to say the least, hilarity reigns as Shifu tries desperately to make Po into some semblance of a kung fu warrior. Can Po possibly fulfill his destiny as dragon warrior, or was Oogway's final decision a critical mistake? A film rich with hilarious moments, superior animation, and an important message about believing in oneself and the power that comes from within, Kung Fu Panda is great entertainment that will have the whole family laughing and begging for more. (Ages 3 and older) -- Tami Horiuchi

(Source: Dreamworks Animated)

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