Pandering to the stars as Kung Fu hits Cannes
Published 13/05/2011 | 05:00
It may feature animals mixing it up with martial arts, but new film 'Kung Fu Panda 2' is really just a big cuddly bundle of fun.
That was the message yesterday from the stars of the animated sequel at the Cannes Film Festival.
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman all lend their voices to the tale about a tubby panda, a fierce tiger and their interspecies band of warriors.
Jolie said it can teach kids about respect and restraint, as well as strength.
"I don't see this as a film that's too violent," Jolie said of the movie.
"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," Jolie said.
Black 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 nonviolent film," he said.
Jolie was in Cannes with partner Brad Pitt and their six children. Pitt stars in director Terrence Malick's Cannes entry 'The Tree of Life', which is competing for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or.
Irish singer Andrea Corr was also in Cannes where she performed for fans in the gardens of the Grand Hotel last night.
The Dundalk singer has been taking time out from her acting career recently to focus on music and is due to release her new solo album at the end of this month.