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Kung Fu Panda 2 kicks back in Cannes

May 13, 2011

Voice actors Jack Black (R) and Manu Payet pose during a photocall for the animated film "Kung Fu Panda 2" during the Cannes Film Festival. The Cannes film festival runs from May 11 to 22. - Reuters Pictures

CANNES: Jack Black was in Cannes on Thursday to present “Kung Fu Panda 2” which sees Po, the bear with unexpected martial arts talent which he voices, seeking inner peace alongside tigress Angelina Jolie.

The success of the first film - $633 million in ticket sales worldwide and nominated for an Oscar for best animation in 2009 - ensured that the cast would return, and this time the apparently orphaned panda faces a new challenge.

Po, who has been raised by a noodle cook goose, has become a Dragon Warrior who must protect the Valley of Peace alongside Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and the Furious Five, which includes Jolie's Master Tigress.

Jolie, who has three biological and three adopted children with fellow Hollywood star Brad Pitt, said she had taken them to see the film and “they absolutely loved the movie,” she said.

“They laughed through the whole thing, and I wondered whether they would ask me questions about it, but because (for them) adoption, and birth mothers and orphanages and all that, they're happy words.

“They're very used to these discussions, they just felt that much more proud that they were a little like Po.”