'Kung Fu Panda 2' -- 3 stars

It takes somewhat longer for the awesomeness to turn all that awesome. And you can't really replicate that element of surprise that the first movie had going for it: a fan boy panda that gets to team up with his martial arts heroes. But "Kung Fu Panda 2" delivers more heart than laughs, and is, if anything, more visually dazzling than the 2008 original film. Cuddly, plush Po (voiced by Jack Black) is now a reasonably accomplished and competent Dragon Warrior, a sixth member of the Furious Five, meting out justice with his mad kung fu skillz. But there is a new threat, a preening peacock (literally) that covets all of China and has a new magic weapon, "one that breathes fire and spits metal," a weapon whose arrival on the scene "could be the end of kung fu." "But I just got kung fu!" Po protests. -- Michael Phillips<br><br>Read the <a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/sc-mov-0524-kung-fu-panda-20110526,0,2840994.story>full review</a>

It takes somewhat longer for the awesomeness to turn all that awesome. And you can't really replicate that element of surprise that the first movie had going for it: a fan boy panda that gets to team up with his martial arts heroes. But "Kung Fu Panda 2" delivers more heart than laughs, and is, if anything, more visually dazzling than the 2008 original film. Cuddly, plush Po (voiced by Jack Black) is now a reasonably accomplished and competent Dragon Warrior, a sixth member of the Furious Five, meting out justice with his mad kung fu skillz. But there is a new threat, a preening peacock (literally) that covets all of China and has a new magic weapon, "one that breathes fire and spits metal," a weapon whose arrival on the scene "could be the end of kung fu." "But I just got kung fu!" Po protests. -- Michael Phillips

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