In time with the incoming holiday season (heck, it’s December 1st!), I have started a line of Christmas-themed videos and movies. So just yesterday, I got hold of Shrek The Halls, the first holiday special featuring Shrek, Fiona, their kids, and the rest of the Far Far Away gang.
As I now have a craving for animated films, I hit the theater to experience another fun-filled adventure with Universal Picture’s Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa.
Note: This post is way too late, I know. Madagascar 2 has already been showing for almost a month but I only got the time NOW to post this. Sorry!
This sequel stars the same characters and voice actors to the popular 2005 film. It starts with a baby lion cub named Alakay, son of the king of the jungle, Zuba. Zuba plays with his son but at some point, neglects Alakay who becomes captured by poachers. Zuba catches the poachers but is unable to retrieve Alakay. In the course of the chase, Alakay’s crate falls into a river connected to the sea. The crate drifts to New York city where he becomes an instant sensation in the Central Park zoo. Ladies and gentlemen, that is the story of the origin of Alex.
Just so you know, as reported on Wikipedia, Kung Fu Panda was able to haul in a gross worldwide revenue of $239,085,029.00! That’s close to double of the budget that they spent on the making of the flick ($130 million)! And get this: According to PerthNow, DreamWorks boss, Jeffrey Katzenberg says that with the success of the animated film, a franchise of about five to six sequels is prepared, depending on the general outcome of the film.
On the other hand, Steve Hulett of The Animation Guild (TAG) blog reported that a story crew at DreamWorks has started work on Kung Fu Panda, The Sequel. Man! Am I rejoicing! Here’s an excerpt from the blog:
Mystically awesome! That’s what it was. I sat at the cinema for one of the biggest movies of summer 2008, Kung Fu Panda, for the second time. Yup, I actually watched it a week ago, and just wanted to watch it again.
For quite some time, our protagonist, Po the Panda (voice by Jack Black) dreamt of being a kung fu master in his own right, instead of being stuck with his father’s noodle business (not actually a father panda, but a goose, named Mr. Ping). With the escape of Tai Lung (Ian McShane) the snow leopard, the main antagonist with a plot to exact revenge by wrecking the Valley of Peace, kung fu masters Oogway (Randall Duk Kim), a tortoise, and Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), a red panda, decide that it’s time to choose the legendary Dragon Warrior, destined to bring peace to their valley, and inner peace to master Shifu.