Panda film not violent says stars
Published 13/05/2011 | 09:18
Angelina Jolie and Jack Black insist their new film - Kung Fu Panda 2 - carries a message of non-violence.
The voice stars of the animated sequel said that the tale about a tubby panda, a fierce tiger and their interspecies band of warriors can teach kids about respect and restraint, as well as strength.
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, Angelina said: "I don't see this as a film that's too violent.
"Because even in the final battle, it's the inner peace and the way of kind of sending back negative energy that is actually what wins against aggression and violence and war weapons. It's the one that doesn't want to use violence" that saves the day.
The movie pits Jack's Po the panda, and Jolie's Tigress and their team, the Furious Five, against a villainous peacock using gunpowder and cannons to destroy the followers of kung fu that protect ancient China.
Jack pointed out that "the Furious Five never use actual weapons of any kind."
"It's all kung fu. So in a way, it's a non-violent film," he said. "I don't like guns. Don't own one. I love laser blasters. That's where I draw the line."
Angelina is in Cannes with partner Brad Pitt and their six children.
The couple's boys take martial arts classes, and the actress said it's an activity that benefits their spirits and minds as well as their bodies.
"Boys are boys, and they have a certain kind of energy naturally," Angelina said. "It's wonderful to get them involved in martial arts, to teach them about the discipline and respect and control of their own bodies, and I think to ignore that is a part of humanity and human beings and especially boys is wrong."