DVD: Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)


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It's not as fun as the 2008 original, but this high-kicking sequel to Jack Black's breakout CGI cartoon is a better film.

Po and the Furious Five (including Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan) fight to save kung fu itself from the advent of gunpowder, with Black never better as the chubby dragon warrior and Gary Oldman's preening peacock villain nearly balancing out the under-use of Dustin Hoffman's scene-stealing Master Shifu.

Jennifer Yuh's direction makes for stupendous fights, sumptuous visuals and lively laughs. Perhaps not as toddler friendly as it could have been, but it roundhouse kicks Pixar's limp Cars 2 into the scrap yard.