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Kung Fu Panda

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

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Kung Fu Panda

  • Jan 22, 2011
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If you will permit me to share something about myself, I am very close with my dad and my brothers and every father's day, we all go to the movies. For the Father's Day of 2008, we picked Kung Fu Panda and boy did I love it. Not only did I absolutely love it, it's actually my second favourite Dreamworks movie and it's one of my favourite animated movies of all time. The cast is wonderful, the animation is lovely, and its a true underdog story. All this and more make this one of the best movies of 2008.

When Dreamworks does an underdog story, you know they are going to do what they do best. Kung Fu Panda is a great example of that, the main character being Po (Jack Black) a panda with dreams of being a kung fu master, whereas all that seems to be going for him is working at his father's noodle restaurant. However, an opportunity for him to train under the Furious Five, the kung fu group he idolizes comes along and he takes it. The entire movie shows Po's journey and his desire to defeat the evil tiger that got out of prison. My memories of this are a little fuzzy so I really need to watch this again.

The film features the spectacular voice talents of Jack Black, among others. I absolutely adore Jack Black and this movie is no exception. The film also features the vocal talents of Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, and Dustin Hoffman, among others and they give it their all in terms of voice acting. Ian McShane also sounded incredibly intimidating as the villain and their voices matched their character designs perfectly. The colours and general feel of the animation were also incredibly well done as is Dreamworks standard. Nothing really more to say, but a great animated film.

This movie could have been really bad, but thankfully it ended up really good. I know this review is kind of short but my memories of this are quite fuzzy and if I end up watching this again I will rewrite it accordingly. I also intend on seeing the sequel no matter how bad it is. It has a familiar message, but it's exercised quite well. All in all, Kung Fu Panda was a great movie, one of the best Dreamworks movies and one of my favourite animated movies ever.

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January 22, 2011
"I see you like to chew . . . how would you like to chew . . . .ON MY FIST?" I really like this movie and have watched it quite a few times.
 
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review by . June 07, 2011
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Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
what can i say iam a big kid at heart..... i love this and iam 23 years old ha-ha lol
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
this is a great family movie. ALSO SHOWS THAT NO MATTER THE OUTSIDE A perrence you can do it.
Quick Tip by . March 10, 2010
This was a very funny movie, not just for kids. Everyone can relate and enjoy.
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
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 . March 21, 2009
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Having written quite a few reviews on Amazon over the years, I've gotten rather strict with what products I give five stars. One recent exception to my new, stricter rule is Dreamworks' Kung Fu Panda.  My wife took our daughter to see this at the movies while I stayed at home with our youngest child. I must admit that I envied my wife when she walked out of the house to see the film, for it had peaked my interest with its commercials and trailers. When it arrived on DVD, my wife picked it up …
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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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