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Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda

The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts.
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2008
Time: 92 min
IMDb: 7.6/10

Storyline

It’s the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around…which doesn’t exactly come in handy while working every day in his family’s noodle shop. 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, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey — under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it’s up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart – and his girth – into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths.
Plot Keywords: studio-logo-segues-into-film / altered-version-of-studio-logo / male-butt-clench / animal-in-title / three-word-title
Taglines: Prepare for awesomeness.
Certificate: Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G | Finland:K-7 | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:I | Ireland:PG | Malaysia:U | Mexico:A | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:7 | Peru:Apt | Philippines:G (MTRCB) | Poland:7 | Portugal:M/4 | Portugal:M/6 | Portugal:M/6 | Russia:0+ | Singapore:G | South Africa:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:0 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:0 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:GP | United Kingdom:PG | United States:TV-PG (TV rating) | United States:PG
Cast: Jack Black , Dustin Hoffman , Angelina Jolie , Ian McShane , Jackie Chan , Seth Rogen , Lucy Liu , David Cross , Randall Duk Kim , James Hong , Dan Fogler , Michael Clarke Duncan , Wayne Knight , Kyle Gass , JR Reed , Laura Kightlinger , Tanya Haden , Stephen Kearin , Mark Osborne , John Stevenson , Jeremy Shipp , Melissa Cobb , Kent Osborne , Emily Burns , Stephanie Harvey , Riley Osborne , Murat Aydin , Köksal Engür , Ahmet Erez , Altan Erkekli , Müsfik Kenter , Mazlum Kiper , Deniz Ugur , Okan Yalabik , Deniz Çakir , Kadir Çermik , Bekir Çiçekdemir , Yigit Özsener

Details

Company: DreamWorks Animation
Country: United States
Language: English
Released Date: 27 Jun 2008 (Vietnam)
Year: 2008
Film Location: Glendale, California, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 92 min
Soundmix: Sonics-DDP (IMAX version) | SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.44 : 1 (IMAX version)

User Review:

da_flipboy » After various 3D animated movies ranging from lacklustre "star" movies ("Madagascar"), boring tripe ("Shark Tale", "Bee Movie"), and over-rated, over-hyped overkill ("Shrek"), Dreamworks can finally be proud of a truly great film. (Sidebar: I actually enjoyed "Flushed Away" and "Over The Hedge".) First, the bad. If I could complain about ANYTHING it may be a few of the voices. Besides Po, Shifu and Oogway, the rest of the cast seemed pretty 'phoned-in'. Thankfully, those characters are pretty inconsequential so they're not really missed.

Now the good… or rather great. While classic kung fu movies are poked fun at, Kung Fu Panda does an excellent job of treating the genre with great respect in a movie geared towards kids. And while it IS kid friendly, it is not dumbed down to the point where it's childish. All the classic elements of those great kung fu flicks are there, while still keeping it pleasantly G-rated.

Let me get this out of the way: 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. Just watch the jailbreak and you'll understand.

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.

Even the music and sound is outstanding. Asian drums rumble in the background of intense fights… stones shatter and crumble away… fight sequences rise and fall with each of the music cues, or is that the other way around? Beautiful.

What helps make this a new classic in my eyes is what it doesn't have. There are no Matrix, Spiderman, or other dated references. There are no inside jokes related to the voice actors. There isn't even any double entendre or unnecessary crude humour. Much like "Finding Nemo" or "Monsters Inc", there's just plenty of pop-culture-free goodness that is terribly entertaining.

The last great part of this movie is often the most overlooked part of a good family film… heart. This movie has oodles of it. Other movies have tried to have a lesson in the end like 'be yourself' ("Shrek"), or 'the value of friends' ("Madagascar"), or… 'be yourself' ("Shark Tale"), but "Kung Fu Panda" has genuine cinematic moments with dialogue that carries real weight. Best line: Oogway regarding yesterday, tomorrow and today.

So, finally, as a complete sucker for Pixar animation, I'm glad that another animation company can actually put proper thought and execution into a FAMILY movie. What else can I say? Congratulations Dreamworks. 10 out of 10.
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