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Gary Oldman to strut his stuff as a peacock in Kung Fu Panda 2

05.21.2010

I was surprised to see that Gary Oldman had joined up with KUNG FU PANDA 2: THE KABOOM OF DOOM (quite the title), but Oldman does more voicework that I guess I realized. He was in PLANET 51, he voices a character in the Spyro video game series (that still exists?) and played multiple parts in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. He was even Tiny Tim. That explains a lot of the creepiness.

Well, now he’s showing up in the already celebrity-heavy KUNG FU PANDA 2 as a peacock who helps Jack Black’s panda find other pandas, but he’s “more than he seems.” No word on yet was said “Kaboom of Doom” might be. I would guess a volcano, given the timeframe of the film. 

I really wasn’t a fan of the first KUNG FU PANDA, as it relied on a rather unoriginal story (lame guy is destined to be great and suddenly realizes his potential with a montage) and its dependence on celebrity voices was flat out annoying. How many lines did Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen or Lucy Liu have in that movie? It had to have been less than five each.

But recently, I have more faith in Dreamworks after HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON blew me away, so maybe there’s a good chance this project will be cool. I don’t think Oldman is “celebrity grabbing” per se, as the man just does have a good voice for animation.

Extra Tidbit: Ian McShane was a great call in the first film though.
Source: Heat Vision

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6:25PM on 05/21/2010

Totally agree on the tidbit

I thought the movie was very entertaining... wish I had seen it in a IMAX theater. Glad they're making a sequel. Did NOT know it was Jackie Chan until I saw the credits !!!
I thought the movie was very entertaining... wish I had seen it in a IMAX theater. Glad they're making a sequel. Did NOT know it was Jackie Chan until I saw the credits !!!
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5:47PM on 05/21/2010
Trust in all things Oldman
Trust in all things Oldman
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5:31PM on 05/21/2010

Oldman as a Peacock, presumably with martial arts skills...

That is like the best thing I have heard today.
That is like the best thing I have heard today.
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2:31PM on 05/21/2010

OLDMAN ...

.... rules ...
.... rules ...
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2:06PM on 05/21/2010
Gary Oldman doesn't need to waste his team on another animated sequel... and I didn't like the first one either.. I just felt like I saw that movie before.

After How to Train your Dragon I have some hope in Panda 2 to be better then the Shrek sequels.
Gary Oldman doesn't need to waste his team on another animated sequel... and I didn't like the first one either.. I just felt like I saw that movie before.

After How to Train your Dragon I have some hope in Panda 2 to be better then the Shrek sequels.
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2:07PM on 05/22/2010
Agreed! It was boring and uninspired. "Dragon" though, was amazing.
Agreed! It was boring and uninspired. "Dragon" though, was amazing.
12:32PM on 05/21/2010
This is great news. I loved the first one and can't wait for the second.
This is great news. I loved the first one and can't wait for the second.
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2:07PM on 05/22/2010
It was terrible, and this new will be too.
It was terrible, and this new will be too.
12:20PM on 05/21/2010
As a peacock ha! Too bad it's animated...
As a peacock ha! Too bad it's animated...
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2:06PM on 05/22/2010
What does it being animated have to do with anything?
What does it being animated have to do with anything?
11:35PM on 05/23/2010
to filmguy450: I believe what randychico is saying is that it would be funny to see the real Oldman in a peacock suit, and I agree. I also highly DISAGREE that the first was terrible!
to filmguy450: I believe what randychico is saying is that it would be funny to see the real Oldman in a peacock suit, and I agree. I also highly DISAGREE that the first was terrible!
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