‘Kung Fu Panda 2′: Meet the New Characters

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2012 at 1:48 pm,

kung fu panda 2 furious five Kung Fu Panda 2: Meet the New Characters

Kung Fu Panda is one of those rare movies that audiences of all ages can’t help but enjoy watching. By combining slapstick humor, talking animals, plenty of Kung Fu and some awesomeness tossed in for good measure, Kung Fu Panda was well received. So well, in fact, that it spawned a sequel and an upcoming TV show.

The first film was filled with lovable characters like Shifu, the Furious Five, Oogway and Mr. Ping. In Kung Fu Panda 2 a new cast of Kung Fu masters are introduced and each will play a role in Po’s life. Today, thanks to Dreamworks’ official Kung Fu Panda website, we have the first pictures of all six new characters, including their background stories and unique fighting styles. We also get our first look at the villain of the film, the albino peacock Lord Shen.

The story of an out of shape and out of place affable panda named Po (Jack Black) who finds that being himself is “the secret ingredient” to becoming the legendary Dragon Warrior resonated with audiences back in 2008 and in May they will get a chance to watch Po continue his journey of self-discovery.

Read through the official synopsis for Kung Fu Panda 2 then take a look at each of the new characters:

Po is now living his dream as the Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, the Furious Five. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

Kung Fu Panda 2 New Characters

kung fu panda 2 wolf boss Kung Fu Panda 2: Meet the New Characters

Wolf Boss (Voice Unknown)

Story

The Wolf Boss, along with his wolf brothers and sisters, were once guards in the Gongmen City’s royal palace. The only member of the royal family ever to befriend the wolves was Shen, the frail albino heir to Gongmen City’s throne. Shen fed them, played with them and treated them like family. The Wolf Boss is Shen’s most loyal servant, military strategist and trusted right hand.

Fighting Style

The Wolf Boss makes up for lack of a singular Kung Fu style with resourcefulness and clever cunning. Fast, sneaky and always accompanied by plenty of bandit partners, Wolf Boss is a formidable foe for Kung Fu Masters like the Furious Five and Po. Able to take a beating and still keep coming, the Wolf Boss is a loyal defender of Lord Shen and his plan for the domination of China.

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  1. Decent descriptions.
    Still would like to know a little more about the plot.

  2. hmmm

  3. Wow all of these characters look great. Lord Shen is goingto be a great villain im sure haha….the croc will be funnyhopefully :)

  4. whats wth the whiteface?

  5. oh. as long as it wasnt something I was doing by accident!

  6. Cool

  7. All the characters look great but does anyone else think they have WILDLY mismatched Michelle Yeoh with who she’s voicing? The look of “The Soothsayer” does not suit her voice. Maybe it will work well in context though, who knows.

  8. Lord Shen looks awesome!

    Ross, I’m sure that they’ll work it out with Michelle.

  9. besides the peacock they all look pretty basic. dreamworks will never beat pixar in terms of quality, in both narrative and animations.

  10. jwalka, you need to pull the stick from your butt. DW makes a different kind of animated movie than pixar. Their movies are known for being funnier, crazier and more adventure than pixar, too. What’s great about pixar is that they develop characters and really help people feel for them and that’ excellent but nothing compares (In my opinion) to a good DW film that just makes you wanna sit back with your family and laugh. I never do that with pixar films and a bunch of people I know agree. Pixar makes dramatic cartoons whereas DW makes more fun family cartoons. What’s wrong with that? Sheesh

    • Check, seriously, was that a necessary opening statement?

      Vic

  11. PS. HTTYD had better animation than ANY of pixar’s movies. Just saying.

    • Opinion

  12. Pixar’s movies don’t have a sense of adventure? Have you seen any of them at all? All 3 Toy Stories, A Bug’s Life, Monster’s Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-E, and Up all have incredible adventures at the heart of their plot.

  13. Lord Shen = Epic win

  14. Aiden Rush and John, you both need to open your eyes. Each of pixar’s films were over dramatic and I can’t even imagine watching any of them together with the whole family. Ratatouille had a scene in which we saw dead mice hanging. In the incredibles, there were skeletons and the best scene was one in which a short lady destroyed costumes. Sure they may have adventure in them but not a sense of adventure. When watching dreamworks, there’s this feeling like anything can happen, it’s so fake, it’s so charming, it’s so quirky. I feel as if pixar is too realistic in their animation. I mean, I know toys don’t come to life, and cars don’t roam the Earth all by themselves but each movie seems like, yeah, that would happen if that were true. With DW you never know what to expect, they break the realistic barriers in ones mind and take the whole family on a wild adventure with hilarious and charming characters and breathtaking animation. I don’t know why anyone in their right mind would hate that. Another thing, every time I go and see a pixar movie with my friends or family, we all just leave and say: “That was a great film.” and then drive home. After a dreamworks film, we talk about it the whole way home and years and years after that. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I have any pixar films on DVD. I got UP once but once again, pixar just gave us this long and boring “masterpiece” in which we see an old man and his wife go through a miscarriage and then she dies. Where are the oscars? That was a terrific film.

    PS. That was sarcasm. I’ve just never enjoyed a pixar film. But I know for a fact that whether the movie was good or bad, I’ve enjoyed ALL of DW films and I know tons of people that would agree.

    • Quite the opposite for me. Pixar films are mildy enjoyable. Dreamworks films are like the McDonald’s of animation.

    • Chuck, I pity you. Not because of the fact that you like DW films, but because you don’t like Pixar films at all. Surely one can clearly see the quality differences. Pixar puts much, much more heart into their stories. They teach both kids and adults life-lessons. They don’t rely on TOILET humor. Pixar stories are all unique and inventive. Most of DWs movies were taken from obscure books (Shrek, Over the Hedge).

      How many times has DW copied Pixar again? After Bug’s Life, they made Antz, after Finding Nemo, they made Shark Tale. Both were huge flops in comparsion. Probably because DW spent most of their budget on celebrity VAs.

      In conclusion, I don’t care if you like DW movies. Just be aware that Pixar is called the most successful animation studio for a reason.

  15. The last one was a good film on faith. http://j.mp/ebyGH8

  16. This reminds me of how Disney plagiarized the Lion King from the anime, Kimba. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/thr-esq/dreamworks-hit-lawsuit-kung-fu-101075

    • He got Zuckerberg’d.

  17. I just watched it for the first time tonight. I can’t say that Dreamworks is the greatest studio ever, because I frankly don’t believe that, but they hit almost all the right notes this time and created a rare sequel that is actually superior to it’s precursor. I particularly applaud the brilliantly realized character of Lord Shen.

  18. .. I love KUNG FU PANDA ( the new episode )
    I agree with you JOSE

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