I almost missed this TV Spot. Once again Po is back with the Furious Five with this awesome Teaser that premiered earlier during Superbowl.
Po (Jack Black) is now living his dream as the Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, the Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. It is up to Po and the Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it. But how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.
Another added bonus is the big reveal of all the new characters that will be joining the sequel: Rhino, Croc, Soothsayer (Ram), Ox, Wolf and Master Shen (Peacock).
Master Thundering Rhino (Victor Graber)
Wielder of the legendary Cloud Hammer, is the benevolent leader of the Kung Fu Council, which protects the vast metropolis of Gongmen City. Thundering Rhino is descended from a long line of masters. He trained under his father, Master Flying Rhino, and became legendary in his own right by slaying the Ten Thousand Serpents in the Valley of Woe. As head of the Kung Fu Council, he is revered for his wisdom, kind humor, and good deeds.
Master Croc (Jean-Claude Van Damme)
Was once the head of the infamous Wool Stealing Crocodile Bandits of Crocodile Island - a gang of criminals unmatched in their mischief. Anyone foolish enough to stand in Croc's way was dispatched with his legendary "Lashing Tail of Terror" technique - until the day Croc crossed paths with Master Thundering Rhino, whose Kung Fu was proven superior in their epic battle on the shores of the Wa Su Li River. Beaten, Master Croc prepared himself for death, but the fatal blow never came. Master Rhino asked Croc to use his kung fu excellence for good. Croc was so moved by Master Rhino's compassion that he quit his criminal ways then and there. He roamed China, righting wrongs and protecting the weak - and eventually came to sit at Rhino's side as a member of the Kung Fu Council.
Soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh)
Blessed with second sight and a generous heart, the Soothsayer is a prisoner of both. Once nanny to a sickly peacock, she found herself giving him what his parents withheld - love. She found that her love tempered the young peacock's growing ambition - until twenty years ago, when a fortune she told him lead to a horrific chain of events. For years she has lived with the burden of her guilt, tempered by a finely honed fatalistic sense of humor that comforts her as she awaits the events she foretold - events that she hopes will redeem both her adopted child and herself.
Master Storming Ox
He is Master Thundering Rhino's greatest pupil. As a youngster he skipped his chores, sneaking through Gongmen City into the palace to watch Master Rhino spar. Master Rhino rewarded the young Ox's enthusiasm by training him in Kung Fu. Master Ox went on to prove his skill and bravery by taking on the seventy-two bandits of the Wing Cho province with naught but his bare horns. Often hotheaded, favoring action over contemplation, Ox is a constant challenge for his old Master. But he is also a loyal friend and trusted member of the Kung Fu Council, which protects the citizens of peaceful Gongmen City.
The Wolf Boss, along with his wolf brothers and sisters, were once guards in Gongmen City's royal palace. The only member of the royal family ever to befriend the wolves was Shen - the frail, albino heir to Gongmen City's throne. Shen fed them, played with them and treated them like family. The Wolf Boss is Shen's most loyal servant, military strategist and trusted right hand.
Lord Shen (Gary Oldman)
He has come a long way from the sickly albino peacock whose parents deemed him too weak and pitiful to deserve attention. Vowing to accomplish something so great that the world would never ignore him again, Shen relentlessly pursued his lust for power. Through his devious cleverness and the sheer force of his will, he has - after many years - created the most devastating weapon the world has ever known. Now, on the verge of his greatest triumph, he is about to find out that something stands in his way - something he thought he dealt with twenty years ago.
I like how the characters are designed. The diversity of animals used gave more depth to the story and definitely a good device to introduce different personalities to young audiences. but for us adults, this designs just show how this movie will definitely be a kickass sequel to the first Kung Fu Panda film. Can't wait to see it on cinemas. Set to premiere on May 27, from Dreamworks Animation and United International Pictures.