[EDITOR'S NOTE: Fearless Sarah D. Bunting of Tomatonation.com is making it her mission to watch every single film nominated for an Oscar before the Academy Awards Ceremony on February 26, 2012. She is calling this journey her Oscars Death Race. For more on how the Oscars Death Race began, click here. And you can follow Sarah through this quixotic journey here.]
It feels a little too long, and leans a little too hard on the "what happened to you is not who you are" messaging, but Kung Fu Panda 2 is pretty fun, even for people like me for whom a little Jack Black goes a very long way. The opening origami-style animation sequence is lovely; the fight scenes pop along; and I watched the kung-fu radish in the dream sequence three times. So cute!
KFP2 is a pro effort, and I can't draw a stick figure so it's hard for me to assess the logistical complexities of the category -- but if this is some kind of achievement in animation, it's not terribly memorable. I liked it, I laughed a few times, but I don't know that I'd have remembered even the images I mentioned above if I hadn't written them down. "A pleasant enough hour and a half" doesn't seem like Oscar territory. Then again, as I keep reminding myself, Wolfman has one, so what the hell do I know. NEXT!
Sarah D. Bunting co-founded Television Without Pity.com, and has written for Seventeen, New York Magazine, MSNBC.com, Salon, Yahoo!, and others. She's the chief cook and bottle-washer at TomatoNation.com. For more on how the Oscars Death Race began, click here.