Has it been a while (or never) since you've seen Kung Fu Panda? Are you desperate for a quick "catch-up" with the characters? And perhaps in the mood for a brief introduction to the new characters in Kung Fu Panda 2? Don't you hate articles that begin with four consecutive questions? Then read on for a character guide to one of the early summer's most smoothly entertaining movies. Yep, I adored this flick and I don't care who knows it. (Don't tell my dad.)
Po (Jack Black) -- Large, goofy panda who somehow became christened "the Dragon Master" in the previous film. Despite a proclivity for loudness and overt bumbling, Po is also a very sensitive and loyal leader. Plus this time around, as the leader of The Furious Five, he kicks serious ass and we buy it because, well, he's the Dragon Master!
Monkey (Jackie Chan) -- A rather amusingly animated primate with big eyes and a bug butt. Also a member of The Furious Five. Also kicks major butt. Mr. Chan's accent may be a bit difficult to decipher, but that's a small price to pay: if you're going to have a cartoon monkey (er, technically a Golden Langur Monkey) who is also a legendary kung fu master ... you gotta have Jackie Chan!