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Kung Fu Panda 2
(2011)
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Composed and Produced by:

Additional Music by:
Lorne Balfe
Dominic Lewis
Paul Mounsey

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Dave Metzger
Rick Giovinazzo
Andrew Kinney
Gavin Greenaway
Tommy Laurence
Germaine Franco
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(May 24th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're any fan of Hans Zimmer and John Powell's score for the original film, for the same general sound and lovable themes are streamlined into a more palatable package for the sequel.

Avoid it... if no amount of additional choral drama and partial removal of the comedic funk elements can salvage this incessantly cute and ethnically saturated franchise sound for your cynical ears.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #939
WRITTEN 5/9/11
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Kung Fu Panda 2: (Hans Zimmer/John Powell) Just a few decades ago, when a movie was a monumental fiscal success, studios would labor over the idea of a possible sequel for a while. After 2008's Kung Fu Panda was nominated in the top animation categories at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards and grossed more than half a billion dollars than it cost to make, however, Dreamworks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg announced that the concept would yield five additional motion picture sequels after a daytime cartoon on Nickelodeon, an NBC holiday special, multiple video and web games, and even a manga. Its plot comically showed anthropomorphic animals saving the Valley of Peace in ancient China by using legendary kung fu warrior techniques. The lovable and clumsy Po the Panda is the unexpected savior of the land when he achieves master kung fu status, and in the sequel he is challenged by a new villain and revelations about his past. The bulk of the vocal cast and crew from the first film returns for Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2011 under the new direction of Jennifer Yuh Nelson, a furious marketing campaign and new array of video games promoting the franchise once again. The previous film had originally been a solo assignment for popular composer Hans Zimmer, and much was made of his visit to the Chinese National Symphony as a reported method of research for the assignment. Ultimately, Zimmer's close friend and associate John Powell was hired to assist him in completing the music for Kung Fu Panda, representing the first time in eight hears that the men had worked together formally on a film. While Zimmer had contributed to his fame with major animation scores in the 1990's, Powell had become the industry leader in the genre over the latter half of the 2000's, culminating in the very highly acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon in 2010. Since that score, Powell had already squeezed in genre music for Mars Needs Moms and Rio before the release of Kung Fu Panda 2 teamed him another time with Zimmer.

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783 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.37 Stars
***** 206 5 Stars
**** 190 4 Stars
*** 172 3 Stars
** 118 2 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 64:19
• 1. Ancient China/Story of Shen (2:43)
• 2. Dumpling Warrior (1:19)
• 3. Inner Peace (2:26)
• 4. Musicians Village (1:20)
• 5. Save Kung Fu (3:41)
• 6. Daddy Issues (4:22)
• 7. Stealth Mode (4:04)
• 8. Gongmen Jail (2:40)
• 9. Rickshaw Chase (2:36)
• 10. Po and Shen/Face to Face (5:58)
• 11. More Cannons! (3:00)
• 12. Fireworks Factory (6:49)
• 13. Po Finds the Truth (5:04)
• 14. Invasion Begins (2:37)
• 15. Zen Ball Master (7:21)
• 16. My Fist Hungers For Justice (4:55)
• 17. Dumpling Warrior Remix (3:31)

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