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(2011), PG [13-PG*] (80.8min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2011), PG [13-PG*] ... presents murder not seen in the 2008 version

Production (US): DreamWorks
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
Director(s): Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Producer(s): Melissa Cobb, Suzanne Buirgy, Jonathan Abel, Glenn Berger
Written by: Jonathan Abel, Glenn Berger
Music: Hans Zimmer, John Powell
Film Editing: Claire Knight
Casting: Leslee Feldman
Production Design: Raymond Zibach
Art Direction: tan Kheng Heng
Viewed on DreamWorks Home Entertainment DVD

If you have seen the 2008 version of Kung Fu Panda , for all intents and purposes you've seen this 2011 version. But using a different story this version is a little darker and presents murder not seen in the 2008 version. A picture is worth a 1000 words so give a look at the scoring comparative of the two versions below.

Shen (voice of Gary Oldman), son of the rulers of Congmen City in China, chose the dark path. The peacocks who ruled the City discovered fireworks that brought color and joy to the lives of the Congmen City residents but Shen saw darker power in the fireworks. Shen's parents consulted a soothsayer who told them that if Shen continued on the dark path he chose a warrior of black and white would defeat Shen. Shen's malcontent attitude led him to try to change that fate by laying waste to a panda village. His horrified parents banished Shen from Congmen City. In retaliation Chen swore revenge: that one day he would return and all of China would bow to his feet. Shen amasses forces and resources to build his secret weapon that belches fire and spits metal.

From there we meet the warrior of black and white who, while being encouraged by the Furious Five kung fu team, is calling on all his training and prowess to stuff 40 bean buns in his mouth. Our fearless and powerful warrior of black and white is none other than Xiao Po Ping, a.k.a. Po (voice of Jack Black), son of master noodle, soup and tofu chef, Mr. Ping (voice of James Hong).

After succeeding in stuffing 40 bean buns in his mouth Po answers a calling from Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) to learn the next phase of Po's training: inner peace, one of Master Oogway's final teachings. While preparing to learn inner peace, Tigeress (Angelina Jolie) of the Furious Five arrives to alert Po to the approach of bandits to the Musician's Village. From there, the story launches into Po's war with Shen. And I will stop spoiling the story here.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
This film is heavy with violence, typically in the form of action violence including martial arts violence. In terms of magnitude or total envelope this film is equivalent to many R-rated films in violence. Rather than trying to summarize such intense content here I refer you to the listing in the Findings section. But I will share with you God's Word about violence. it is apropos that I do. Or at least that someone does.

God provides many admonishments against violence. I will use Proverb 16:29 to make the point. In Proverb 16:29 God warns us that violence is "catching": that violence can lead one, particularly youth, into "the way that is not good." In addition, hundreds of years after God gave us His warning man has plagiarized God's Word by four professional public health agencies publishing findings which warn that, among other things, viewing violence in and as entertainment can lead the observer, especially youth, to real life violence and can lead the viewer to believe violence is an acceptable way to settle conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 71 out of 100
As before in Kung Fu Panda (2008) Po lies frequently. [Rev. 21:8] Shen hates his parents [Exod. 20:12] and projects that hatred to everyone.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There was nothing sexually immoral found in the entire 80.8 minutes of the program.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
Neither were there any possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, tobacco or abuse of prescription drugs found.

Offense to God (O) - 63 out of 100
Though it may have been (or is) acceptable to some cultures and/or peoples to seek and practice evil "magic" it is not now nor ever has been acceptable to God. This film demonstrates consulting a soothsayer to foretell the future and reveal the past in visions. Deuteronomy 18:9 - 12 makes such practice sinful. And it does seem a little odd that the writers would have the soothsayer, the character with unholy powers, as a goat. Maybe there is some subliminal connection of it with the goathead, also known as the god of witches, the Goat of Mendes, Baphomet and the horned god. See GOATHEAD in our Back to School Special publication for more information regarding the goathead and other symbols which may be used for evil purposes as well as wholesome purposes.

The film also often portrays seeking vengeance and revenge. [Rom. 12:19] Vengeance is not ours to be had. One character calls another a "fool." [Matt. 5:22] And acupuncture is used to heal Po.

The yin-yang is displayed frequently. Though the yin-yang, which is of Chinese origin, is used profusely for innocuous purposes it is also used by evil interests. See our Back to School Special publication for more information regarding the yin-yang. What a delight for the master of evil to see children innocently displaying a symbol of evil without even knowing it.

On a positive note, God's name was not used in vain even once.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 63 out of 100
Four murders. One of Po's mother by wolves. Two by cannonfire. And Shen murdered one of his hench-wolves by blade for not obeying a command.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [all forms of evil/magic to force or do harm], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • Deut. 18:9 - 12 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
    oo abomination [to`ebah {to-ay-baw'}: a disgusting thing, abomination, abominable; wickedness]
    oo divination [qecem {keh'-sem}: witchcraft, false prophets]
    oo observer of times [anan {aw-nan'}: soothsayer, sorceress, enchanter (one who practices divination), to make appear, control weather, conjurer, spiritism, unholy magic]
    oo witch [kashaph {kaw-shaf'}: sorcerer, soceress, one who practices unholy magic]
    oo charmer [chabar {khaw-bar'}: to unite, join, bind together with charms (voodoo)]
    oo consulter with familiar spirits [owb {obe}: necromancer, one who evokes/communicates with the dead; ghost, spirit of a dead one; one who has a familiar spirit]
    oo wizard [yidd@`oniy {yid-deh-o-nee'}: one who has a familiar spirit; a familiar spirit; soothsayer; necromancer]
    [God sounds so serious about embracing evil that it seems He would include embracing evil even in and as entertainment since it has been proven in so many ways that entertainment can and does influence deeply and contaminate values. Even God agrees with that. (see 1 Cor. 15:33).]
  • Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • action violence and martial arts action of varying intensities, some graphic with deaths, frequent
  • talk of killing with verbal gore
  • pillaging a village with stealing, long
  • jumping off a cliff
  • threats to kill
  • brutality, repeatedly
  • attempted killing of several with blades
  • multiple assaults
  • action peril, repeatedly
  • artillery assault to kill
  • blade threat, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • death of father
  • order to kill, many

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 71 out of 100
  • lying, repeatedly
  • hatred of parents

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 63 out of 100
  • seeking counsel through witchcraft (soothsayer), repeatedly
  • swearing revenge
  • visions
  • "Fool"
  • acupuncture to heal
  • display of yin-yang, repeatedly

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 63 out of 100
  • murder of mother by wolves
  • murder of subordinate for failing to obey
  • two gunfire murders, projectile impact not seen

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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