The Dreamworks studio builds well on successful elements of the first movie of this franchise to make "Kung Fu Panda 2" a very worthy sequel. But it's the new director, Jennifer Yuh, who skillfully blends the fast-paced action with family-friendly themes to really make it all work.
Our panda hero seeks to solve the mystery from the first film surrounding his long-lost parents. In the process he comes into conflict with the evil peacock responsible for his fate. Many different animal friends and foes take part in the adventures that follow. They all participate in rollicking chases and fighting scenes played for fun that seem to leave no one with actual injuries.
I thought the frenzied antics and wry comments by the characters might be better suited for older kids. But the many younger children at my packed viewing were laughing loudly at the snappy dialogue and wild action.
Great special effects enhance all aspects of this production that will entertain young and old alike.