Kung Fu Panda 2 has an adoption theme, a topic hardly off-limits in the Jolie-Pitt house

By Dana Kennedy
Updated May 14, 2011 10:30 AM
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It’s not as serious as some of her films, but Angelina Jolie says she cherishes being a part of the Kung Fu Panda movies – because they’re both entertaining and educational for her children.

Kung Fu Panda 2 resonates in particular because it has an adoption theme. And of course, three of the six Jolie-Pitt children – Maddox, Pax and Zahara – are adopted.

“The words adoption, birth mothers [and] orphanages are happy words in our household, and we talk about those subjects all the time,” Jolie, 35, said Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where her movie is premiering.

The Oscar winner voices Tigress in the Panda films. “I’m especially excited to be in this movie because of my daughters,” she said. “She’s one of the best characters I’ve ever played. My kids love it, and in many ways I did it for them.”

Jolie, who wore a belted, beige Ferragamo dress with jewels from her own line with Robert Procop, said her partner Brad Pitt and the family are all with her at the festival. “The kids are back at the hotel, running around, having a great time and probably causing a mess,” she said. “They love it here.”

Pitt, 47, is in Cannes for work: His film, The Tree of Life, premieres later on during the festival.

Jolie said the Panda movies reflect her own sense of family. “At the end of the day, we’re all big kids,” she said. “Life is very much about family and the family you choose. You can define your own destiny despite what happened to you in the past.”