Kung Fu Panda

  • PG
  • Mark Osborne, John Stevenson (2008)
  • US
  • 88 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Clumsy, chubby noodle-seller Po the panda (voiced by Jack Black) becomes a martial arts master in this visually arresting CGI-animated adventure from DreamWorks. Po lives in the Valley of Peace, where harmony is threatened by the evil snow leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane). Despite the presence of five highly skilled fighters, Po is revealed to be the new Dragon Warrior, who is prophesied to defeat Tai Lung. Taking a typical fists-of-fury plot from the Bruce Lee era, and using Hong Kong action clichés of slow-motion and freeze-frame to good effect, the film-makers were right to put most of their energies into the fight scenes, which are swiftly paced and great fun to watch. The main drawback is an overly familiar "believe in yourself" message. But the film's less geared around pop culture references and abrasive humour than DreamWorks's Shrek movies, and with Black's boundless enthusiasm giving Po a lovably goofball spark, this beautifully designed, cherry blossom-hued cartoon is brighter, breezier and bouncier than most.

Plot Summary

Animated adventure featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie. Ancient China: Po the Panda lives in the Valley of Peace and dreams of becoming a kung fu master despite the fact he is clumsy, overweight and a complete beginner at martial arts. So when he's accidentally chosen to be the legendary Dragon Warrior, he is overjoyed. However, his joy is short-lived as the evil snow leopard Tai Lung has escaped from captivity and is on his way to the Valley to take his revenge on Po's mentor.

Cast and crew

Cast

Po
Jack Black
Master Shifu
Dustin Hoffman
Tigress
Angelina Jolie
Tai Lung
Ian McShane
Monkey
Jackie Chan
Mantis
Seth Rogen
Viper
Lucy Liu
Crane
David Cross (2)
Commander Vachir
Michael Clarke Duncan

Crew

Director
Mark Osborne
Director
John Stevenson

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 4 Jul 2008
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK) .
Categories
Comedy
Childrens
Drama