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Heartwarming / Kung Fu Panda 2

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"The hardcore do understand."
  • Before the movie even starts, you have the Dreamworks logo show up, which is a crescent moon with someone, usually a small boy, fishing off of it. This time around, who does it show fishing off the moon? None other than Master Oogway.
  • The last movie ended with the Furious Five calling Po "Master", hinting at respect and distance from the Dragon Warrior. But the movie starts with them being so close that all five (even Tigress) having fun with Po betting he can fit 40 bean buns into his mouth. Becomes extra heartwarming since "hanging out" with the Furious Five had been his dream for years.
    • Tigress' reaction to that is telling Po that "his training paid off". Compare to the previous movie, when she was angry because she believed he didn't take kung-fu seriously enough. It shows both her relationship having improved, and Tigress herself being more at peace.
  • This little exchange at the end of the film:
    Po: I know who I am.
    Ping: You do?
    Po: I'm your son.
    • Also counts as a Meaningful Echo from earlier in the film, where Po asked the question, and Mr. Ping gave the same answer. Becomes even more heartwarming since Po didn't reply when Mr. Ping asked Po about their relationship before Po leaves.
  • This scene:
    Po: The hardcore can't understand.
    Viper: Tigress, no!
    (Tigress lunges at Po and hugs him, to everyone's shock)
    Tigress: The hardcore do understand... but I can't watch my friend be killed.
    • Any of the Po/Tigress moments could qualify, especially in the final half.
      • Several times in the movie, Po gets thrown or falls over. Most times, Tigress immediately picks him up or catches him without even thinking about it. She's come a long way.
      • There's that private nighttime conversation on the boat. Imagine, Tigress, Po's Resenter in the first film, has grown to become the panda's best friend and confidante of the Five, and maybe the seeds have been laid for something more.
      • Even more subtly in the film's Super Bowl ad, when you notice that when Po makes his fist excuse, Tigress is smiling with a warm understanding at her friend's effort.
      • The scene at the end where Po swims up to Tigress at the climax of the film after everyone is hit by Shen's cannon. It should also be noted that said hit was the second time a direct shot from the cannon was aimed at Po, but this time around Tigress takes the direct blow instead after having pushed Po out of the way, with everyone else being caught in the collateral. He whispers her name, holds her hand, and even looks at Shen with a very angry tone. Then, when he pushes her out of harm's way, her hand is still out as if she still wants him to hold it.
      • Remember, Tigress said that she couldn't feel anything physically because of her Training from Hell she endures (by punching ironwood trees for 20 years). To feel Po's paws just... it just adds more depth to their relationship.
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    • Just the fact that one of the film's producers, specifically, Guillermo del Toro, came out and said that his own opinion was that Po and Tigress's moments are really meant to hint at romance and that he played a part in adding them.
  • The scenes with baby Po. Po starts off as a handful, but Mr. Ping's patience and love pays off and we see Po grow up to be, well, a goofball but a caring and good-hearted one.
  • Boss Wolf refusing to fire on his own men. Unfortunately, he dies for it..
  • A rather subtle one: In the beginning of the first film, Mr. Ping mentions how he'd always wanted to learn how to make tofu. In the sequel, we see that he has learned to make it and now serves it alongside his noodle soup. In short, Po's success has inspired him to pursue his own dream.
    • Another subtle one: At the end, Po suggests that he and Mr. Ping cook together, which was the subject of Ping's happy dream in the Holiday Special.
  • Po offering Shen, the one who slaughtered his own people, a Last-Second Chance. Even though Shen doesn't take it, it still shows a great deal of compassion on Po's part to try and redeem the murderer who orphaned him.
    • if you look closely, during his fight with Shen, Po doesn't lift a finger against Shen other than self-defense, showing how much he doesn't want to hurt Shen anymore.
  • The montage just after Po remembers the probable death of his mother, then to realize things worked out well enough with the love of Mr. Ping creating a home where he was not only loved, but it is in a place where he achieved his most cherished dreams and found his dearest friends, with the last scene of the montage being of Mr. Ping and Baby Po together in his noodle shop.
    Soothsayer: Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn't make you who you are. It's the rest of your story, who you choose to be.
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  • A small one, but Po kissing a bunny toddler on the forehead was quite cute.
  • Po and Shifu at the end:
    Shifu: At last, you have achieved inner peace...and at such a young age.
    Po: I had a good teacher.
  • Shifu's instinct to be Papa Wolf at the first sign of Po in trouble. It just shows that this man has a lot of love to give, since a literal army could not stop him from reaching his surrogate son.
  • Towards the end after defeating Lord Shen when the remains of his ship, fireworks erupted. It then showed a vague shape of a peacock resembling Lord Shen. It then pans to the Soothsayer, smiling. Maybe Lord Shen did find his peace.
  • "My son is alive."
  • Ping's adorable flashback to when he first adopted Po, accentuated beautiful by the lightly stringing music. Heck, Ping in general, as he is such a devoted father.
    • The scene with Baby Po you can hear him say his first word. "Da-Da"
    Mr Ping: And from that day on, both my soup and my life have been that much sweeter.
    • What does Ping do when he finds a crying panda cub in the empty basket that was supposed to have his order of radishes? Leads Po in, bathes him, clothes him, and feeds him (repeatedly) while waiting for Po's parents to come looking for him. And when noone shows up for the child? Ping immediately decides to adopt the child as his own without a second thought.
  • The Furious Five all glomping Po after he saves the day in a particularly awesome way. And remember that they thought Po was dead before the final battle began. They're just so happy to see him.
  • When a couple of indignant customers keep pestering him about where the Dragon Warrior is, Mr. Ping snaps, and goes on a rant about how worried he is about his son. Right when he seems on the verge of crying, Po makes his return. The welcome back hug he gives is maximum heartwarming.
  • Lord Shen letting the Soothsayer go. For all his evil, he just lets her leave, no strings attached. And her last words to the man are that she wishes him to find happiness.
  • The scene where Mr. Ping tells Po how he found him and how much of an impact he has been for him. After with what happened to Shen and Tai Lung and their parents, it's nice to see a father and son with a healthy relationship.
    • Also adorable is the fact that he kept the box he found Po in, keeping it just under his counter, where he'd see it every day.
  • It is rather small compared to most other examples listed here, but the scene on the boat where the Five all come out to be emotionally supportive of Po is quite touching, even if Po felt slightly uncomfortable with them doing it, as he and Tigress were having something of a private moment. What particularly stands out is how Viper handles it - she establishes that the subject of the conversation is Po's "daddy issues", and after Mantis makes a comment about how he didn't have said issues with his dad (mainly because his head got eaten by his mother prior to his birth), she gently admonishes him for making the conversation about him and says, "Po is the one freaking out" in a warm and loving tone of voice. It's especially heartwarming as it serves as a nice reminder of how sweet and kind to him she was in the first film.
  • During the "I Am Po" moment, while a some of his memories are scenes from the first film, Ping dominates his memories.
    • Also noteworthy is how all his memories are either from the first film or from the past, apart from one that happened recently: Tigress hugging him.
  • Though heart breaking as well as heart warming, Po's mother loved her son with all her being. she hid him away in a radish basket and lured Lord Shen's forces away to ensure his survival. And as he started to cry which would give him away, she puts on a warm smile to cheer him back up in their last moments together.

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  • The short starts with Po finding out that his dad accidentally gave away his Furious Five action figures, and he frantically goes out to search for them. In the end, he finds the bunny child that got them and ends up watching proudly as the child trains kung fu with them, just like he did. When the (real) Furious Five arrives and asks Po if he found his figures, he replies that they're right where they need to be and besides, he "has the real thing", before putting his arms around the Five and walking off.
    • The Fact that the Five treat the situation seriously, asking Po if he found his "dolls" and not making fun of the situation in the slightest.
  • Despite the tension between them, Tigress' Hero Worship of Shifu in her younger years is adorable, especially the scene of her joyfully mimicking his steps as he trains to stop Boar.
  • Viper and her Father's relationship has turned around since we last saw them in flashback; He tells her that he is already proud of her. Sadly, this makes Tigress kinda jealous, and she needs to go out for a breather.
  • The sequence wherein Tigress, Crane, Monkey and Viper are making their way to the Jade Palace. Her companions cheer her on as she begins to live up to her potential, and when she stumbles, her friends catch her and help her back on her feet, all the while being positive and friendly. Even Tigress can't help but smile and laugh along with them.
    Tigress: Now I know why Shifu chose you!
    Crane: Really? Why?
    Tigress: Because you're amazing!
  • After the mixup is revealed and Tigress gets a chewing out from Shifu for bringing the wrong people, the other four immediately chime in that they could still try fighting off Boar anyway, showing the five's near immediate camaraderie towards each other.
    • Oogway comforting Tigress shortly afterwards, convinced the turn of events was no accident.
    Oogway: No matter how much you try, you will never be Shifu. The question is, can you be Tigress?
  • After defeating Boar, Shifu realizes that Tigress and her new companions have potential for greatness and decides to foster that potential, even in Mantis (who had just put him through hell with his amateur accupuncture) and Viper (who has no arms or legs to speak of). He even reassures Viper that they will work something out when he realizes that her training will need to be fundamentally different from the rest.

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