The first Kung Fu Panda
became a well-deserved success for all the right reasons: it boasted a good story that stayed true to the tropes of martial-arts movies, the animation was lively and adorable, the action was choreographed to maximize thrills and laughs, and the voice actors, especially Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black, were charming. Thankfully, the sequel measures up in every single way, giving DreamWorks a franchise that can compare artistically with Pixar.
The story begins with the panda Po (Jack Black) enjoying life as a Dragon Master and keeping the Valley of Peace safe. He’s informed by his master, Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), that the next phas...