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Kung Fu Panda 2

By Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: May 26, 2011

MPAA rating: PG for sequences of martial arts action and mild violence

Starring: Voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, James Hong, Gary Olman, Dustin Hoffman

Recommended age: 5+

Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green




  Death implied, martial arts fights, explosions






The overweight, food-loving kung fu panda Po and his fellow animal kung-fu warriors the Furious Five return, this time tasked with saving China – and kung fu itself – from the threat of the peacock Master Shen, who has discovered how to turn fireworks into gunpowder. Shen threatens to use his cannons to take over China; but will Po also discover that Shen was responsible for the death of his parents? And how will the discovery affect Po’s search for “inner peace”?

As should be obvious from the title, Kung Fu Panda 2 contains large amounts of stylized kung fu action, with the various cartoon characters engaging in fights in the course they hit one another, leap, dive, fall, crash into objects and engage in wild chases. A couple deaths are implied (due to Shen’s fearsome weapon), but they take place off-screen. The use of cannon also results in many spectacular explosions, during which, however, the principal characters remain unhurt. Language is actually cleaner than in the first movie, and references to sex are non-existent. (Po does have a brief “where did I come from?” conversation with his adopted father, a goose. The father replies, “Baby geese are born from eggs. Don’t ask me where the egg comes from!”) References are made to Po’s overeating, and in one scene early on he stuffs his mouth with rolls on a dare from friends, then spits them out.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a thrilling, fun-filled ride for children and adults alike; and parents may be surprised by the depth of some of the lessons imparted by the film. The importance of not letting one’s life be determined by past pain or failure, and the ability to choose one’s path and refuse to be mastered by disappointment, fear, or evil, are both highlighted in the picture.

Because of its good lessons, delightful humor, and thrilling action, the Parents Television Council is proud to award Kung Fu Panda 2 with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. The PTC recommends this movie for viewers over age five.  

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