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Kung Fu Panda

  • Animation
  • Family
  • 2008
  • Mark Osborne
  • 88 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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PoJack Black
Master ShifuDustin Hoffman
TigressAngelina Jolie
Tai LungIan McShane
MonkeyJackie Chan
MantisSeth Rogen
ViperLucy Liu
CraneDavid Cross (2)
Commander VachirMichael Clarke Duncan

Crew

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DirectorMark Osborne
DirectorJohn Stevenson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2008-07-04
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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