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Kung Fu Panda

A 2008 Dreamworks Animation Movie directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne

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A winner of Dreamworks...

  • Dec 10, 2008
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I didn't see Kung Fu Panda in the theaters. It's not often that I'm able to actually make it to a theater and unless I see a movie its first week out, the chances are pretty slim that I'll see it at all. In the case of Kung Fu Panda, it was indeed my sister who insisted I see it. She thought it was well done. So, after she got the DVD, I set aside a few hours to finally watch it.

I'm glad I did. It's adorable.

For kids and parents alike, I can see why this movie was/is so popular. It's humorous, relatable, and action-packed. The fight sequences are very good. Like, I loved being there for Po's training and to me, that entire middle part that begins with Shifu finding him in the kitchen, followed by his training montage, followed by the confrontation of the Furious Five with Tai Lung -- is my favorite. It's only about 10 minutes, but it provides a wonderful bridge for the story and each character: Po is infused with confidence; Shifu is proud and believes in his student; Tai Lung feels as if he's in the driver's seat; and the Furious Five are ready to give Po a chance.

While my favorite animation films of late have been from Pixar, I do feel Kung Fu Panda renders a beautiful landscape in which to tell its story. The character drawings are fun (some are even borderline-cute) and the voice work is excellent. I especially enjoyed Ian McShane as villain Tai Lung and Jack Black as the noodle-making, kung-fu dreaming Po.

In the end, the theme of Kung Fu Panda is belief in one's self. This is punctuated by the ancient secret behind the dragon scroll and Po's ultimate victory. As Po's father explains: "To make something special, you just have to believe it's special."

This is a winner for Dreamworks. What I felt set Pixar (and Disney) apart in the past was that its stories were timeless, while Dreamworks often relied on pop culture to reach its audience (see: Shrek 1-3). But I believe Kung Fu Panda has some lasting power in it. It won't seem "old" by next year and its primary theme of inner-belief is -- like the wisdom of Oogway -- ageless.

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May 06, 2009
I like Pixar movies too... outclassing Disney more and more these days XD I thought the movie was pretty good, although it wasn't enough to hold my complete attention on a long flight. Fun, unconventional main character though :D
 
January 15, 2009
I, too, LOVE Pixar movies... but I heard so many great things about Kung Fu Panda. While I wasn't exactly drawn to this movie in the beginning, I think I should see it.. thanks for reminding me!
 
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review by . January 22, 2011
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Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
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I took my girls to see this movie and they laughed and so did I. I would love to see it again!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Quick Tip by . March 10, 2010
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review by . October 10, 2009
Kung Fu Panda is a story about a fat and lazy panda, named Po, who loves Kung Fu and is tired of his boring life spending all day working in his father's noodle shop. Po is unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five - Tigress, Viper, Mantis, Crane and Monkey - under the leadership of their Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard …
review by . October 10, 2009
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What's a panda to do when his dreams of kung-fu awesomeness awake to the cold reality of noodle-making? Clumsy, overweight Po (Jack Black) dreams of becoming a kung fu master like China's revered "furious five," but instead seems destined to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in the restaurant business. When great leader Oogway has a vision that the imprisoned kung fu warrior Tai Lung (Ian McShane) will soon escape, he declares it time to choose China's dragon warrior--one kung fu master deemed worthy of possessing the dragon's scroll and its secret to limitless power. Po and all the townspeople rush to the Jade Palace atop the highest mountain to witness the contest between Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogan), Crane (David Cross) and Viper (Lucy Liu), but Po is locked outside the palace. After a miracle of sorts, Po lands inside the palace gates, where he is chosen as the dragon warrior and placed under the tutelage of the decidedly non-plussed master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). An unconventional student to say the least, hilarity reigns as Shifu tries desperately to make Po into some semblance of a kung fu warrior. Can Po possibly fulfill his destiny as dragon warrior, or was Oogway's final decision a critical mistake? A film rich with hilarious moments, superior animation, and an important message about believing in oneself and the power that comes from within,Kung Fu Pandais great entertainment ...
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Genre: Family
Release Date: June 6, 2008, June 6, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2008
Runtime: 1hr 31min
Studio: Dreamworks Animated
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