In 2008, the first “Kung Fu Panda” was released by Dreamworks and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. Though the film lost to Disney/Pixar’s endeavor, “WALL-E”, the fact that it got nominated was praise-worthy enough. Now, in 2011, “Kung Fu Panda 2” does a repeat, this time with four competitors, two of which come from the same companies that produced the film, “Puss In Boots” coming from fellow Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures, and “Rango” which is also attached to Paramount Pictures.

“Kung Fu Panda 2” is a great animated film and deserves this nomination. The visuals are striking, the action is well done, and the score (from Hans Zimmer) is astounding. If this were any other year, I’d say this film had a shot, but fellow film from Paramount Pictures, “Rango” looks to steal the show. Though I have yet to see “Puss In Boots”, I may also rank that film above “Kung Fu Panda 2” as well. Just the fact that these “Kung Fu Panda” films keep getting nominated should be testament enough to Dreamworks, especially with some of the stiff competition in the consideration pool. Though unsure about the two  animated foreign language features in the category this year, I still do not see “Kung Fu Panda 2” winning this one what-so-ever.

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