For the last three years, I've kept a log of the films I showed my kids as they were introduced…
Kung Fu Panda
Prepare for awesomeness.
When the Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero, but transforming the unsleek slacker into a brave warrior won't be easy. It's up to Master Shifu and the Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- to give it a try.
One of the finest films to come out of DreamWorks Animation's canon and certainly their funniest film to date, Kung Fu Panda is an energetic blend of kinetic direction, smart writing, sparkling wit, vibrant camerawork, tight editing, first-rate animation & exuberant score that not only works as a downright hilarious comedy but also as a thrilling action extravaganza & a fascinating coming-of-age story.
Set in ancient China, which is populated by anthropomorphic talking animals, the story of Kung Fu Panda follows a cheeky, clumsy & squishy giant panda named Po who aspires of becoming a kung fu master. His wish is granted when he's unexpectedly proclaimed as Dragon Warrior who will fulfil an ancient prophecy but finds himself to be the subject of…
Kung Fu Panda is a breath-takingly animated film that is at once a loving homage to a variety of martial-art film moments and a tender look at a relationship in a single parent household between a father (James Hong) and son (Jack Black as the title panda). Character design, voice talent and action pieces are vibrant and supremely executed. I can't stress enough how fantastic the voice cast is.
There are few animated features that can match K.F.P. for wit, humor and creativity. The panda, Po, states in the opening that there is no charge for awesomeness and attractiveness. I paid $8 to see it in the theatre, and $15 for the blu-ray. Your false claim aside, it was well worth it Po.
"We often meet our destiny on the road we take to avoid it."
My favorite Dreamworks film. Intelligent message about secret ingredients and dragon scrolls and their relation to the misleading psychoanalytics of identity and desire.
I'm late to the party on this one, especially considering I'm a huge fan of animation in general, but I figured I had better get through the first two entries into the trilogy before seeing Kung Fu Panda 3. I was skeptical for the past few years of it's quality, mainly because of it's absurd title and uninteresting premise (personally, at least). I had anticipated a film chock full of juvenile jokes intended for middle school boys, another entry into the hit or miss Dreamworks canon.
I'm happy to say I was wrong! Kung Fu Panda thrives because of it's stellar vocal performance from the underrated Jack Black, and a whole lot of heart. It's a sweet, cheery and delightfully…
Who doesn't like pandas? Especially when they're voiced by Jack Black. He fits the title role perfectly. While it may be aimed a younger audience I could appreciate the plot and its underlying lessons. Animations can have a deeper meaning with a proper script. I had a lot of fun watching this even though it was pretty predictable.
Casting was key here and the performances were memorable. Honestly, my expectations were pretty low because it was an animation for a much younger audience. I watched The Exorcist when I was 12 so age shouldn't matter now. Soundtrack is usually overlooked, but the music flowed well with the narrative and its themes.
As a kung fu movie its a fun ride…
'One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.'
Kung Fu Panda is a very lovely homage to the genre of martial-arts films. Its animation is beatiful, and there is a very deep message about finding your purpose in life. There are many likeable things about this movie, so is it the way, it deals with the relationship of a father, that wants his son to be like him, and his son, who is dreaming of a career in Kung-Fu fighting.
Nevertheless, it was the plot, that didn't catch me. I didn't like the story of Po, because it was simply way too predictable. For sure, everything was quite cute and really loveable, but it didn't…
When you're a kid and you see an animated movie about kung fu animals, it's pretty awesome. Hadn't really seen it since because I was worried those feels wouldn't hold up.
I'd say it's still probably just as awesome and probably even funnier now.
Fun, cute, and full of a stacked cast. It was the perfect entertainment that I needed after a long day of being burned out by the sun and strenuous activity.
"'There is no secret ingredient.'"
It really is baffling that Dreamworks & Pixar can keep coming up with new takes on the overdone "you can do anything you want/be yourself" plot cliché, and the Kung Fu Panda series is one of the best results of that. Jack Black is perfect in this role.
I didn't instantly like this when I first saw it years ago but it has grown on me and now, by the 3rd or 4th watch, I love it.
[filmes de animação são a minha perdição - o ingrediente secreto és tu]
Genuinely a really nice film with some beautiful animation. I know. I know.
'Kung fu Panda' surprised me. My expectations were neutral, and yet the movie blew them out of the water just the same. This is an amazing little beast of a cartoon, featuring hilarious humor, fantastic voice talent, and truly stunning animation.
Two things surprised me most of all: first; the action sequences, which were so dynamic and intense that they outshone the slapstick humor at times and felt almost like live-action. Second: the finale. Most animated films keep the main chunk of the movie tongue-in-cheek, but make the finale too dull and self-serious, jamming it with repetitive action to the point where it's fairly easy to check out. But with 'Kung fu Panda,' that isn't the case at all. The…
On Saturday, yet again following a nice dinner with some brewskis, my brother-in-law and me figured we'd make up for Friday's "The Last Apocalypse" debacle by watching something that carried a higher guaranteed satisfaction seal.
I had never seen this, despite my appreciation for martial arts films. Odder still, I kept hearing how good it is, and yet I simply never made the effort to watch it. That has been rectified and I'm glad. This is much funnier and more clever than I could have predicted.
It also works on two levels. As its own adventure story it's completely independent and functions as sweet, easily digestible family entertainment. If you watched as many 60s, 70s and 80s martial arts films…
8-year old me wants to give this movie 4 stars but realistically it's probably more deserving of 3.5 stars. Always funny when it comes to this very original concept and the action is surprisingly entertaining for an animated film.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!