I'm way behind the curve in all things related to Kung Fu Panda. I didn't see the original film, and by the time it was in theaters and everyone was else was heaping praise on it, I was already around the corner and beating the gong on the "I'm Too Good For That Popular Thing That Everybody Seems To Love Now" bandwagon. I was a jaded and cynical, and too good for Jack Black and his chubby panda Po.
So when advertising started appearing for Kung Fu Panda 2, I was already rolling my eyes and thinking "Yeah, shocked. More of the same from DreamWorks. But the screening for the film happened to fall on a Saturday morning when I didn't have any plans, so I decided to go see it. To bone up as homework, I picked up the original film to watch so I'd know the storyline, which I'd gleaned from the trailers as "Kung fu-loving panda meets his heroes, learns kung fu, saves world." I figured it would be ho-hum, but at least I'd know who the characters were.