May 25, 2010

Kung Fu Panda 2 Gets More Voices & New Writer

I rarely comment on the world of kids films but I have to admit I did enjoy Kung Fu Panda. Pixar has some mystical stranglehold on the CGI animation market. So it's nice to see Dreamworks trying to branch out with their attempts. Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom (May 27th 2011) is starting to look even better with the additions to the cast and it's new screenwriter. Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, Confessions of A Dangerous Mind) who is one of the most creative writers working in Hollywood has been brought on to polish the film's script. I'm beyond excited for Kaufman's involvement since we've seen what happens when an auteur like him develop children's films. Just look at the interesting take on the genre from people like Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Spike Jonze (Where The Wild Things Are).

We already know that Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen and David Cross will return. Now comes the new additions which includes Gary Oldman (Lord Shen a villainous peacock), Michelle Yeoh (The Soothsayer a goat), Jean Claude Van Damme (Master Croc) and Victor Garber (Master Thundering Rhino). "In the sequel, Po goes on an amazing personal journey and we are thrilled to have assembled such a talented and well-respected group of actors to bring to life our new characters, who - alongside our returning cast - play such a critical role in Po's quest and his ultimate triumph over the forces of evil,"

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