Jennifer Yuh Nelson makes history by becoming the first solo female director of an animated film! The former Story Artist of the first "Kung Fu Panda" (she also directed the 2-D opening sequence of the original) quickly moved up the ranks to be the sequel's Dragon Warrior, the esteemed director.
She is soft-spoken, gentle, and sweet, how did she manage to run the "Kung Fu Panda 2" ship? In this interview, we talked about:
*** Her experience working on the franchise the second time around
*** The role of a director in an animated film
*** Shooting the sequel in 3D
*** What got her interested in entering the world of animation?
*** What did she think when she was invited to direct "Kung Fu Panda 2?"
*** What was the first order of the day?
*** Will we get a threequel?
*** The character-based cliffhanger of "Kung Fu Panda 2"
Here's more info on "Kung Fu Panda 2":
Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will Po be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed
Also Known As: Kung Fu Panda 2 3D
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family, Animation and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.
Release Date: May 27th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of martial arts action and mild violence.
Distributors: DreamWorks Animation
Cast and Credits
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen
Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Produced by: Melissa Cobb
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