Alaric Tay meets the cast for Kung Fu Panda 2!

Kung Fu awesomest Panda is back!

Channel 5 is the official TV channel for Kung Fu Panda 2 and I, Alaric Tay has the grand honour of travelling to Hollywood to meet the director and the various masters of Kung Fu Panda 2!

We thought it would be a good to dress to impress and so on the morning of the junket  in Los Angeles, I was up at 6 getting ready to become Grandmaster BakXu.

The international press was quite intrigued by my kungfu master outfit.  I think I had a French, Vietnamese, German, Australia, Columbian, and even a reporter from Chengdu interviewing and taking photos with me.

So there, free international exposure.  It pays to be OTT sometimes.

Aussie presenter, dunno-whats-his-name, from Channel 9 (or was it 4? Darn my crappy kungfu memory!!!) trying to get his blackberry camera to work. “Come on matey, Stop muckin around and start shootin!”

…That Chinese fella whose not supposed to be in the shot!!!

We got to work once we arrived at Dreamworks Animation Studios. Of course, PO was there to greet us when we arrived, so we did a little sparring. It’s obvious who won…

So it seems that Dreamworks Studios is one of the top 10 companies to work for in America as rated by Forbes magazine. And one of the reasons? They conduct FREE Yoga classes for employees during lunchtime!!!

During lunch, I had the chance to hang out with PO, (alone, this time!). He was having girlfriend problems and was seeking my advice.

Then of course, I had the chance to interview the cast of the show!!!

Jack & Angelina (Yes, we’re on a first name basis, and they call me KungFu Master!) were super friendly and down-to-earth. No airs whatsoever.   You should see their faces when they saw me walk into the room.

Unfortunately, Due to behind-the-scenes logistical constraints, I did not manage a picture with Jack and Angelina. It happens, so no sweat.  But I did manage to get one with the very epic, Gary Oldman!

I must say, for an actor who takes on such dramatic roles, he sure has a good sense of humour.

Click here to see their reaction of my grandmaster outfit!  Stay tuned to this blog for some exclusive peeks of my encounter with Angelina Jolie, Jack Black and Gary Oldman! I promise you will be tickled!

After lunch was the press conference. We didn’t really need to stay but I thought what the heck, we’ve come this far, might as well stick around to see if there was anymore interesting stuff that we could shoot. There wasn’t. :s

From left to right: Dreamworks Chief Executive, Jeffrey Katzenburg; Angelina Jolie plying Tigress; jack Black playoing PO; Gary Oldman playing Lord Shen, and Kung Fu Panda 2 Director, Jenifer Yuh Nelson.

But jack Black gave me some air time during the press con. Like 3 seconds worth. He was answering a question posed to him and he suddenly said, “I’m sorry, I can’t remember the question cos I’m really distracted by the Kung Fu Master sitting on the fifth row.” To which everyone turned to look at me. I struck a GongXi FaCai pose, the crowd laughed. Gary Oldman laughed the loudest!  I think he got a real kick out of seeing a real Kung Fu Master. Hahahaha!

Here’s a little story about Jennifer Yuh Nelson. Her progression in the Kung Fu Panda franchise is pretty awesome. She was an animator on the first Kung Fu Panda, doing the anime 2D flashback sequences.  And she did such a good job conceptualizing and realizing it, she was asked to direct the second installment!  Certainly did doing the Asian community proud! 🙂

Click here to find out who Jennifer thinks will win if all the Kung Fu masters have a duel!

Meeting all the Kung Fu masters of Kung Fu Panda 2 in Hollywood was fun, but it is time for me, Grandmaster Bakxu to head back to Bukit Timah hill.  Till the next adventure beckons!

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