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Kung Fu Panda
Jack Black (Voice) and Jackie Chan (Voice)




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With 2008's KUNG FU PANDA, the talking-animal CGI film enters a new era, one that makes room for both painterly artwork and fierce martial-arts action. Po (voiced by Jack Black), a clumsy and ever-hungry panda, is a huge kung fu fan, but seems destined to sell noodles like his father, Mr. Ping (James Hong), who inexplicably happens to be a goose. When Po literally crashes a ceremony involving martial-arts masters Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) and their pupils, the Furious Five--which includes Tigress (Angelina Jolie, in a surprisingly small part) and Crane (David Cross)--he ends up being selected by the latter elder as the revered Dragon Warrior. As the skeptical Shifu reluctantly trains the hapless Po, his former star pupil, Tai Lung (Ian McShane), escapes from a high-security prison, setting up a collision course between the bumbling bear and the powerful villain. One of the finest animated films released under the Dreamworks banner, KUNG FU PANDA deftly avoids many of the pitfalls of the genre (i.e. cheesy musical sequences), juggling action, heart, and humor in a highly entertaining way. While Black (in endearingly restrained mode), Hoffman, Kim, and McShane voice their characters with verve, the real stars of PANDA are directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson and their animators, who lovingly depict ornate Chinese chambers and vast mountainous vistas, as well as blazing kung fu battles. A movie with remarkably wide appeal, KUNG FU PANDA delivers on its quirky, high-concept title with gleeful aplomb.

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Overview

With 2008's KUNG FU PANDA, the talking-animal CGI film enters a new era, one that makes room for both painterly artwork and fierce martial-arts action. Po (voiced by Jack Black), a clumsy and ever-hungry panda, is a huge kung fu fan, but seems destined to sell noodles like his father, Mr. Ping (James Hong), who inexplicably happens to be a goose. When Po literally crashes a ceremony involving martial-arts masters Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) and their pupils, the Furious Five--which includes Tigress (Angelina Jolie, in a surprisingly small part) and Crane (David Cross)--he ends up being selected by the latter elder as the revered Dragon Warrior. As the skeptical Shifu reluctantly trains the hapless Po, his former star pupil, Tai Lung (Ian McShane), escapes from a high-security prison, setting up a collision course between the bumbling bear and the powerful villain. One of the finest animated films released under the Dreamworks banner, KUNG FU PANDA deftly avoids many of the pitfalls of the genre (i.e. cheesy musical sequences), juggling action, heart, and humor in a highly entertaining way. While Black (in endearingly restrained mode), Hoffman, Kim, and McShane voice their characters with verve, the real stars of PANDA are directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson and their animators, who lovingly depict ornate Chinese chambers and vast mountainous vistas, as well as blazing kung fu battles. A movie with remarkably wide appeal, KUNG FU PANDA delivers on its quirky, high-concept title with gleeful aplomb.

Main Cast & Crew

John Stevenson - Director
Mark Osborne - Director
Jack Black (voice)
Jackie Chan (voice)
Dustin Hoffman (voice)
Lucy Liu (voice)
Seth Rogen (voice)
Ian McShane (voice)
Angelina Jolie (voice)
Michael Clarke Duncan (voice)
David Cross (voice)
Dan Fogler (voice)

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (New Box Art)
  • Run Time: 92
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 191329060889
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (sequences of martial arts action)
  • Release Date: November 2008

Related Categories:
Movies > Childrens
Movies > Animated

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Martial Arts
Slapstick
Personal Triumph
Animals
Computer Animation
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
Kung Fu
Battles
Animated Characters

 

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Reviews:
"[T]he fight scenes, which are the heart of the film, are lickety-split mad fun..." -- Grade: A- - 06/13/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.49


"[I]t looks fantastic....[The filmmakers] have inserted vast, moody, misty landscapes, fanciful interiors and traditional Chinese colors to give the movie an epic, expansive, ancient quality that's a real pleasure to inhabit." - 06/06/2008 Los Angeles Times


"At once fuzzy-wuzzy and industrial strength...KUNG FU PANDA is high concept with a heart....Visually arresting." - 06/06/2008 New York Times


"[H]ighly entertaining....Full of verve, visual panache and sock-it-to-you action scenes." - 08/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.68


4 stars out of 5 -- "There's a level of visual beauty here that's a notch above anything DreamWorks has attempted before..." - 08/01/2008 Empire, p.62


"The animation is beautiful, from the ethereal Sacred Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom to the elegant Jade Palace and its Moon Pool." - 06/05/2008 Premiere


3 stars out of 5 -- "Armed with a sublimely silly concept and an A-list voice cast....This is energetic, exciting and consistently funny..." - 12/01/2008 Total Film, p.135

 

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