That's right! Po is back, and last week I had the awesome opportunity (along with several other mom bloggers and their kiddos) to catch a sneak peek of "Kung Fu Panda 2" at the DreamWorks Animation lot in Glendale.
CC was in preschool, and it was ballet day (her favorite day, along with "share day"), so I had to go solo, but I'll definitely be taking her to this adorable, touching (yes, I cried) and heartfelt movie, once it opens on May 26.
The event itself was lovely. The DreamWorks campus is nestled into a nondescript street in Glendale but is the picture of laid-back comfort once inside the gates. Ivy crawls up stucco walls, and there's lots of open space for walking, grabbing a Starbucks or just taking a break from all of that animating.
During a cozy outdoor lunch after the screening (my review is forthcoming), the moms, kiddos and I also caught a glimpse of the new "Kung Fu Panda 2" toy line from Mattel. Two words: Baby Po!
Yes, part of the movie has Po (voiced by Jack Black) revisiting his past and how he came to be the son of a goose, aka Mr. Ping (James Hong). (Cue the waterworks, but I'll save those details for my review.)
Some of toys are cuddly (right) while others are more action-packed and perfect for imaginative role-playing. DreamWorks was generous enough to include a gift bag with a talking Po action figure and a poseable pack of Po vs. the Wolf Boss.
Although CC wasn't able to catch the film's sneak peek, she has enjoyed the talking Po, which spouts phrases like "Panda punch!" and "Skidoosh!" when you press his tummy. Now I'm looking forward to taking her to see him go all kung fu on the big screen!
*** GIVEAWAY ***
And speaking of toys, I'm giving away one Kung Fu Po Wrestler (above; ARP $29.99). This 15-inch plush toy, for kids ages 3 and up, is both huggable and ready to respond to playmates with fun phrases. Requires 3 AA batteries, included.
To enter, please leave a comment telling me your or your child's favorite "Kung Fu Panda 2" character.
For more chances to win, follow me on Twitter and retweet this giveaway. I'm at @la_story. Or you can "Like" the L.A. Story Facebook page.
Just be sure to leave extra comments telling me you did so.
Good luck, and I will announce the winner (on this post, not a separate one) on Monday, May 30!