Nightmare Fuel / Kung Fu Panda 2
Peacocks can't be scary, you say? Let this guy convince you otherwise.
- The flashback to Po's past in 2-D animation makes the wolves and Shen look like real monsters.
- Pretty much the only time when the iconic scream of the Indian Peafowl became genuinely terrifying — when he uses it to set the pogrom on the panda village in motion.
- Then when Shen sees baby Po, he points at him and orders his wolves to "get them all!" Shows that he wouldn't even hesitate to kill a baby panda!
- It really, really doesn't help when you start to notice that Shen's tactics and especially his red-eye symbol are similar to the ones used by a particularly terrifying regime in Chinese history...
- It gets even worse when considering that the aforementioned regime used a policy similar to Shen's attack on the panda village.
- The opening narration where Shen is absolutely ecstatic about killing all the pandas is pretty creepy. The reaction of his parents when Shen bursts into the room with a look of sheer joy and excitement on his face is likely the same as the audience.
- Shen himself is an incredibly frightening and intimidating foe. Let that sink in for a second: DreamWorks found a way to make a peacock, one of the goofiest and gaudiest-looking of all animalsnote , into an even more frightening and intimidating villain than Tai Lung, a snow leopard. And he knows martial arts.
- "Do you want to see? It's a gift! I mean it's your parting gift... in that it will "part" you. Part of you here, part of you there, part of you waaaay over there... staining the wall."
- The way Shen delivers this sentence in particular (where page image is from) is just dripping with sinister. Gary Oldman deserves an award:
Shen: Oh, you want to know so badly? You think knowing will heal you? Huh? Fill some... crater in your soul? Well, here's your answer: your parents didn't love you! But... here... let me heal you! [jumps on cannon and blasts Po away]
- Also, when saying that last line, he was also saying it to himself because he believes his parents didn't love him.
- Tigress' glowing eyes during the boat scene is pretty creepy in itself. Note that this is a trait she shares with Tai Lung.
- The fact that they don't glaze over "death". Many times in the movie, the characters say "die", "kill", "dead" which is unusual in children's films. The Boss Wolf is also killed on screen with an audible stabbing sound.