Thursday, May 28, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found


VideoLost: Male miniature black/tan Dachshund and small female shaggy dog, white w/black face, may have their puppy with them, on May 12 in Creekwood Subdivision. Call if found, 210-243-8277.

VideoLost: Black and white long haired cat, missing since May 17, from the Vintage Oaks Subdivision. If found call 210-288-3033.

VideoFound sheep: small brown sheep in Eagle Creek. Call (830)534-8276 to claim.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

La Vernia Pool & Spa, full-time help wanted for swimming pool service, will train, great growth opportunity. Apply in person only Tues.-Fri. from 10-6, 13774 Hwy. 87, La Vernia.
ON-CALL CRISIS POOL WORKERS NEEDED. Part-time positions are available for after hours “on-call” crisis workers to respond to mental health crisis for Wilson and Karnes Counties. Duties include crisis interventions, assessments, referrals to stabilization services, and referrals for involuntary treatment services according to the Texas Mental Health Laws. You must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, sociology, social work, nursing, etc. On-call hours are from 5 p.m.-8 a.m. weekdays, weekends and holidays vary. If selected, you must attend required training and must be able to report to designated safe sites within 1 hour of request for assessment. Compensation is at a rate of $200 per week plus $100 per completed and submitted crisis assessment, and mileage. If interested call Camino Real Community Services, 210-357-0359.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
Richardson Chevrolet homeRE/MAX homeTNMC

Movie Reviews


Kung Fu Panda 2


Kung Fu Panda 2


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
Neil Pond
American Profile
June 14, 2011
2,625 views
Post a comment

All-star cast of familiar voices returns for animated sequel

Starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie & Jackie Chan

Directed by Jennifer Yuh

Rated PG, 90 minutes

In a summer already crammed with sequels, Jack Black and his “Kung Fu Panda” cohorts set off for a second adventure, this time in 3-D.

Black is perfectly cast as the voice of Po, the roly-poly protagonist of the title, squaring off against a power-mad peacock (Gary Oldman) with an evil pyrotechnic plan---and holding onto a terrible secret about Po’s past.

The A-list cast from the first “Panda” (2008) is all aboard. Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Jackie Chan (Monkey), Seth Rogan (Mantis), Lucy Liu (Viper) and David Cross (Crane) again provide the voices of Po’s formidable kung-fu comrades, the Furious Five. Dustin Hoffman reprises his role as the wise martial arts master Shifu, coaching Po along his path to power through self-awareness.

The spectacular sets, of an ancient Chinese wonderland populated entirely by animals, teem with color, texture and detail, often making you forget you’re watching animated backdrops instead of the real deal. The frenetic action scenes zig, zag and zip, sometimes so fast it’s difficult for the eyes to keep up. The characters all have distinct personalities that come through in their movements, facial expressions and dialog.

Although there’s nothing inappropriate for kids, parents should know that this “Panda” is a bit darker than its predecessor, perhaps a calculated attempt to nudge Po and his exploits into the more grownup cinematic territory of “Lord of the Rings” or Harry Potter. The subplot, about Po’s search for answers to his unknown past, provides a rich emotional hook---and a definite setup for yet another sequel.

Like the best animated movies, this one works well on multiple levels. Children will giggle at the antics of Po and his pals, cheer on the hyperactive fight scenes, and cower as Oldman’s dastardly peacock, Shen, readies his dark, menacing army of wolves and gorillas for battle.

Grownups will appreciate the movie’s heart-tugging messages about family in Po’s quest to find out where he’s from, how he came to have a goose for an adopted father, and what happened to his real parents.

And anyone with an antenna for symbolism and social relevance will pick up the signals in the movie’s depiction of how colorful fireworks, things of beauty and wonder intended for celebration, are transformed into weapons of mass destruction by the sinister Shen.

The storyline often feels like it’s following a bit too closely to Hollywood’s familiar build-a-plot playbook, but “Panda 2” packs more than enough personality and visual pizzazz to make up for those shortcomings.

Chopsticks for your popcorn, anyone?
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Movie Reviews Archives


Sherwood Surveying
Pulse Research exp 6/30/15
Drama Kids
Caraway Ford
WCN
Hoelschers home
WCN Citizens Forum 5/28/15
Pat Brown Realtors, Inc. home
Abrego Lake
Dustin Mark Hawkins Memorial
Pursch Motors
Cycle Ranch
DDS Dentures & Dental Services Right-side banner
John D. Foster home
Heavenly Touch homeAllstate & McBride RealtyPulse Research expires 6/30/15auto chooserVoncille Bielefeld homeTriple R DC Experts

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.