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“Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Puss” coming to IMAX 3D

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Cue the jokes about Jack’s Black’s rotund panda hero, Po, looking even heftier this summer.

That’s because Black’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” is one of the two pictures DreamWorks Animations plans to present in IMAX courtesy of a two-pic pact for 2011.

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. revealed that “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Puss in Boots” will open in digital IMAX theatres in IMAX 3D.

According to a release, “Kung Fu Panda 2” will be released to IMAX theatres in select international territories in conjunction with each of the territory’s release dates, while “Puss in Boots” will have a two-week IMAX release day-and-date with the domestic release.

“The IMAX Experience remains among the premiere viewing experiences in the world and we are thrilled that our audiences overseas will have the opportunity to watch ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ and that movie-goers here in the U.S. will get to see ‘Puss in Boots’ in IMAX 3D later this year,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Katzenberg.

“Clearly these beloved DreamWorks Animation characters have resonated around the world with audiences young and old alike and we are excited to be able to once again showcase them and their new adventures to IMAX fans through our long-standing alliance with DreamWorks Animation,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment.

“Kung Fu Panda” is due in theaters on May 26. “Puss in Boots,” which extends the “Shrek” franchise, opens later this year, on Nov. 4, 2011.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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