The weekend of the sequels — The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2 — boasted plenty of box office cash… and some burning questions to boot. Find yourself asking whether that monkey really smoked cigarettes, or whether Po (Jack Black) the panda could survive a cannonball to the belly? EW’s Hillary Busis and Kate Ward have got your answers, and some more burning questions, below!
Did that monkey really smoke cigarettes in The Hangover Part II?
Nope! Although Crystal the capuchin appears to make like Mr. Teeny in the movie, Warner Bros. says that the primate merely held unlit cigarettes during filming; smoke was added digitally in post-production. (Director Todd Phillips was just joking when he told EW that Crystal had become hooked on cigs.) This revelation, however, hasn’t calmed the fury of animal rights advocates like the American Humane Association and PETA — the former was denied access to The Hangover Part II‘s set, while the latter opposes the use of exotic animals for entertainment purposes. (Don’t tell them about Water for Elephants.)
How did Alan get ADHD medication and muscle relaxers into that bag of marshmallows? And why did these drugs work the same way the roofies worked in the first movie?
Probably by dissolving the pills in water and injecting the sweets with the resulting liquid. Muscle relaxants cause sedation as well as confusion and even hallucinations, in some cases; ADHD meds, by and large, are stimulants that may induce irritability, mood swings, and personality changes. Combine those two with alcohol (and sugar!) and you’ve got a potent cocktail for a night you’ll never remember.
Do pandas eat radishes?
The vegetable plays a large part in Kung Fu Panda 2 — Po was found by adoptive father Mr. Ping in a crate full of radishes, and the panda even faces off with a radish in a flashback dream. But do pandas actually eat radishes, as baby Po did in the sequel? Not really. According to the World Wildlife Fund, 99 percent of a panda’s diet is made up of bamboo. They also consume plants and sometimes small rodents. So, though not impossible, it seems more likely that Po would have fought a radish than eaten one. Then again, we can’t discount that big appetite.
Is it possible to survive a cannonball shot to the belly, like Po did? And how come he survived, while Master Rhino perished?
For humans, it’s certainly possible — and has become a carnival attraction. Just see Frank “Cannonball” Richards. And if mere mortals can absorb a shot to the belly, it’s easy to imagine a panda could. After all, the animal boasts a stomach wall far thicker than most animals, meant to protect against splinters caused by eating bamboo. Definitely an advantage over the gullets of other animals, like Master Rhino.
How is the peacock represented in Chinese culture?
Perhaps it makes sense why Kung Fu Panda 2‘s Shen would have been hungry for power over China: During the Ming Dynasty, the bird represented rank, power, and divinity. There isn’t, however, a Year of the Peacock. But, according to China’s Year of the Rooster — the zodiac symbol most closely aligned with peacocks — the animal breeds eccentric folk who are selfish, brave, and capable. All of which, I would think, correctly describe the evil Shen. As for whether or not a panda could actually duel with a peacock — well, just see this video (in which a Wuhan Zoo panda chases a blue peacock) to find your answer. How’s that for free marketing?