January 7th, 2020 | Updated on January 10th, 2020
Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated wuxia comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by paramount Pictures.
When an obese Po the Panda, a kung fu enthusiast, gets selected as the Dragon Warrior, he decides to team up with the Furious Five and destroy the evil forces that threaten the Valley of Peace. Po (Jack Black) has been living with his father selling noodle soup for all these years.
The only bright spot in his banal life is his obsession for Kung Fu and his fan worship for the current Kung Fu masters: Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Viper, Mantis, Monkey (Jackie Chan) and Crane. Life takes a somersault when he crash lands into the ceremony where the wise turtle is selecting the new hero who will take on the villainous snow leopard, Tai Lung who has escaped from prison.
The turtle selects Po and leaves the aging Kung Fu Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) to train him for the final duel.
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Movie Reviews: “Kung Fu Panda”
Movie Review: IMDb
This movie has some of the greatest 3D animated fight scenes. Ever. What elevates them from good to great is that while I expected the unbelievable, gravity-defying stunts that are required of a good kung fu movie, there is an amazing amount of ‘realism’ to the physics in this movie.
Speaking of animation, the cinematography, character design and backgrounds are all done very, very well. Whether it’s flying through the air alongside a leaping character, the painting-like backgrounds, or the wonderful opening sequence (reminiscent of Samurai Jack), they’re all beautiful.
Snap zooms, slow-motion, and flying cameras are also used with great skill to further the experience.Great visuals, excellent animation, a sassy script and a story that appeals to all: Kung Fu Panda is truly a new age parable on heroism.
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Movie Review: Pluggedin
In the film’s production notes, co-director Mark Osborne had this to say: “It was important to all of us, from the start, that Kung Fu Panda would have a theme, a positive message that we really believed in.
We wanted it to be a fun experience loaded with comedy and great action. But we also wanted there to be a takeaway that we all believed was a good one.
“To that end, the story projects a well-worn “Follow your heart and believe in yourself” theme. But it also encourages finding your own strengths, being disciplined, learning from those who are older and wiser, protecting the innocent and standing up for what’s right even when you’re afraid you might fail.
Movie Review: Rotten Tomatoes
Rom DreamWorks comes the fun and action packed animated film Kung Fu Panda. When a Kung Fu master has a vision of the notorious criminal Tai Lung breaking free from prison, he selects a Panda named Po to be the Dragon Warrior that will protect the valley from evil.
The cast features the voice talents of Jake Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, and Ian McShane. While the animation is very good, the story is a bit weak and the setup is rather odd.
Still, overall Kung Fu Panda is an entertaining family film with a positive message about faith and courage.