An Asian-inspired red carpet, which featured its own dancing dragon, gave a warm welcome to the cast and crew of the hotly-anticipated DreamWorks animated sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2 and we were there and got the goss from Lucy Liu, Jack Black, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Jeffery Katzenberg.
Lucy Liu was flawless in a chequered Vivienne Westwood gown, appeared thrilled to be in Sydney for the film\’s premiere. She spoke to us about why she likes to be part of the action film genre:
On choosing action films:
I love action films myself. I enjoy watching them and people seem to enjoy it when I act in them. They are my most popular films.
On her love of Kung Fu cinema:
I just enjoy all martial arts movies from everywhere around the world. My favourite would be Jackie Chan in Drunken Master 2. There is something really special about these films. In the west, Quentin Tarantino has a very special way of capturing that.
On how her action experience helped in the sound booth:
Having done some action before and doing the [physical] actions themselvesâ€”not as much as in real life, but some actionsâ€”in the sound booth, it helps to make it sound like its real.
Po, the star Panda, AKA comedian Jack Black, looking rather dapper in his tuxedo, also shared a similar love of Kung Fu films (particularly those of co-star Jackie Chan) growing up:
Favourite Kung Fu film:
Drunken Master, starring Jackie Chan!
The co-star he thought he could beat in a fight:
Obviously not Jackie Chan. I think Seth Rogan, though he\’s pretty cagey. I outweigh him now and I could just sit on his head.
And suddenly, like Bruce Lee before him, Black also felt like wanting to share a random piece of Kung Fu inspired philosophy:
We have to learn to bend and not break, like the ancient bamboo in the forest.
Hmmm, let\’s just say he is as funny in person as he is on screen.
The film\’s director, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, spoke to us about her love of the artistry of animation:
I\’m an artist myself, I draw. Any animation is driven by so many artists, it\’s really inspiring.
And, her view on what makes Kung Fu Panda 2 so special:
It\’s everything they [the audience] liked about the first film, but it\’s bigger. It\’s epic, it\’s emotional, and hopefully it will make you cry a little.
We were also truly fortunate to talk to the man who is responsible for so many of these best-selling animation films, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, Jeffery Katzenberg.
About the key to great animation:
Great Talent. We have 2300 amazing artists at our studio and they are great storytellers, which is what people wantâ€”a great story. The characters are very loveable. [But to make these films] it\’s a challengeâ€”it takes 4 or 5 years and 400 artists.
On making the sequel:
This movie picks up where the last one ended. Po is now a dragon warrior, which presents a whole new set of challenges for him. We\’re letting the characters grow and we\’re letting them change, and we get to see the complexity in their lives as they change.
We can\’t wait to find out what adventures Po, the Dragon Master Panda, has in store. Kung Fu Panda 2, starring Jack Black, Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan, will be released in Australia on June 23. For more information visit www.kungfupanda2.com.au and in case you missed our Angelina Jolie featurette exclusive, check her out here.
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