by Jason Barr Posted: January 3rd, 2011 at 6:55 pm
A new television spot for Kung Fu Panda 2 has landed online. Although it only runs around 15 seconds, it features what looks to be some actual footage from the film (unlike its “staring contest” teaser trailer). For those new to the program, Kung Fu Panda 2 stars the vocal talents of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Dustin Hoffman, and Gary Oldman. Jennifer Yuh directs the sequel from a script by original scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.
To check out the clip, hit the jump. Kung Fu Panda 2 hits 3D theaters on May 27th, 2011.
DreamWorks Animation has posted the synopsis for Kung Fu Panda 2 to the official KFP site. The gist is that Po (voiced by Jack Black) and The Furious Five must battle an enemy who plans to use a weapon that can “destroy kung fu” to conquer China. Perhaps this device is what the possible subtitle, The Kaboom of Doom, refers to. As you can see in the image above, DreamWorks has added a “2″ to the Kung Fu Panda type to give the sequel a logo, as well.
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and Dustin Hoffman are all set to reprise their roles from the first movie; they will be joined by Gary Oldman, Jean Claude Van Damme, Michelle Yeoh, and Victor Garber for Kung Fu Panda 2‘s May 27, 2011 3D release. Hit the jump for the full synopsis.
A slew of release dates and release date changes were announced today. Movies getting their release date changed are the animated films Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom (May 27th, 2011 to May 26th) and Rango (March 18th, 2011 to March 4th).
Getting release date announcements are The Company Men (Oct. 22nd), David O. Russell’s The Fighter (Dec. 10th), Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist (Dec. 25th), Mike Leigh’s Another Year (Dec. 29th), Made in Dagenham (Nov. 19th), Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe (Oct. 8th), and the remake of Fright Night (Oct. 7, 2011). Hit the jump for details on all of these films.
In what could be our first look at official plot information for the DreamWorks franchise entries Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, the Licensing International Expo material has included short synopses. Puss in Boots will spin off Antonio Banderas’ cute feline character from the Shrek franchise, which in theory wrapped up its final chapter this May. The Kaboom of Doom is a sequel to 2008’s tale of the destiny of panda Po (voiced by Jack Black) as a martial arts hero. Hit the jump for the synopses:
DreamWorks Animation has announced that Jean Claude Van Damme (JCVD), Michelle Yeoh (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), and Victor Garber (Alias) are joining the voice cast of Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom. Last week we reported that Gary Oldman has also joined the cast. Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, and Dustin Hoffman are set to reprise their roles from the original film. Oldman is playing Lord Shen, a villainous peacock (that should be a band name but remove the “pea”) while Yeoh is playing a mystical goat named The Soothsayer. Van Damme will play Master Croc and Garber will play Master Thundering Rhino.
Oldman voices the character of Lord Shen (a peacock), the film’s formidable new villain while Yeoh brings to life the mystical character of The Soothsayer (a goat). Van Damme and Garber round out the cast as Master Croc and Master Thundering Rhino, respectively. The story will center on Po (Black) trying to find other pandas and his adventures along the way.
Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom is slated to hit theaters on May 27, 2011 and will be in 3D (per DreamWorks Animation’s mandate).
The always-awesome Gary Oldman has joined the voice cast for Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom. According to Heat Vision, the 3D sequel to 2008’s surprisingly great Kung Fu Panda will center on “Po’s search for other pandas and his run-in with a group of bandits.” Oldman will be voicing a character named Peacock who “helps Po find the bandits but is more than he seems.” Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and Dustin Hoffman are all set to reprise their roles from the first movie. Kaboom of Doom is currently in production and is slated to hit theaters on June 3, 2011.
Oldman recently ate the scenery as the villain in this year’s Book of Eli and can next be seen reprising his role as Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II next July. He’s also set to co-star in Catherine Hardwicke’s Girl with the Red Riding Hood and the indie gangster flick Criminal Empire for Dummys.
In a bit of interesting news, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has polished the script for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom. According to Heat Vision, the Academy Award-winning writer recently put in less than two weeks work on the sequel to 2008’s Kung Fu Panda.
As much as I would love to see a Kung Fu Panda sequel filtered through Kaufman’s unique mind, don’t expect to see anything existential and mindbending when the sequel hits theaters in 2011. Studios hiring screenwriters to polish up screenplays is nothing new. There are probably hundreds of stories about anonymous high-profile writers coming in, doing a polish, getting a paycheck, and with no credit on the final film. If anything, this bit of news helps explain how Kaufman gets his ambitious high concept films made.
DreamWorks Animation is profitable. It has been ever since a billion pop-culture references vomited out of Shrek’s mouth back in 2001. I suppose DreamWorks Animation is useful in that we’ll always have a company that will be wildly inferior to Pixar.
But when reading Variety’s report about DWA’s plans for the future, it’s not hard to see why. For starters, they want five new films over the next two years. Pixar keeps to one really, really good film per year. Second, bragging about their successful franchies of “Shrek”, “Kung Fu Panda”, and now “Monsters vs. Aliens”, Co-President of Production Bill Damaschke says they want two sequels a year and one original movie. Huzzah. And finally, as per CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s asinine mandate, all projects will be produced in 3D (you know, because it’s the future and shit. Emphasis on the “and shit”).
I don’t mean to be so down on DreamWorks Animation because they have produced some enjoyable flicks like “Bee Movie” and “Over the Hedge”. But this insistence on arbitrary business guidelines like how many films they’ll make and how many must be sequels and why they all have to be in 3D so that we can breed a nation of cross-eyed children (someone will do a study; mark my words) is the hollowness of Hollywood laid bare. And I’m not saying that Pixar only thinks of stories and lives in a magical world where they don’t have business considerations. But it’s so disheartening to read an article like this because it reads like “Happy Meal First, Movie Second”.
However, they do know the movies they’re making through 2012 and we’ve included a list of them below along with brief synopsis after the jump.