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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.
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.
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…
I've got the flu and I'm so sick I can barely remember my own name. So I needed something light and easy to digest tonight. This was on Netflix and seemed just right.
Po is a fat jolly panda with dreams of becoming a kung fu master, but his father wants him to remain in the noodle business. One day he becomes chosen as the Dragon warrior, but now he has to prove that he truly is.
There is one real stroke of genius here. Casting Jack Black as Po. If ever a person was perfect for an animated movie, it's him. He has the whimsical, clumsy, joyful delight of a bumbling child, but he's also passionate, and he makes…
"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.
'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…
What are you gonna do, big guy? Sit on me?
Don't tempt me.
Compared to Pixar's luscious filmography, the lineup in Dreamworks Animation's history has been less than great to me. Whereas Pixar films display a unique sense of ingenuity, Dreamworks tends to cater to the younger audiences, leaving out the adults with unrelentingly juvenile humor and base story lines. It's not necessarily bad, but I always find myself preferring Pixar films over Dreamworks. Take the two studios' most recent releases as examples. While Home really failed to strike any real sense of success with audiences, Pixar's Inside Out has proven to be a massive success and a true return to form for the studio that had been slumping for…
Thrilling action sequences, wonderful messages, and phenomenal characters easily make 'Kung Fu Panda' one of the finest Dreamworks films out there.
Nominated - Best Animated Feature Film
It's still really good.
In between the creatively bankrupt Shrek and Madagascar franchises and the respected How to Train Your Dragon franchise is Dreamworks other major cash cow, Kung Fu Panda. Thankfully, though these films fail to reach the highs of the latter films, they are much closer to that end of the spectrum than they are the former; enjoyable if ultimately somewhat forgettable.
Though admittedly that's more of a problem for the more formulaic sequels than it is with the original film. The first film in the franchise is a charming film that will appeal to both kids and to adults in seeming equal measures (though there is a depreciation on repeat viewings for adults). The one unifying aspect of this film for…
Watched in Theater
I watched all the Kung Fu Pandas to prep for the 3rd one. This one kind of holds a special place in my heart as most movies I've seen in theatres with my family do. It's not perfect or deep or whatever, but I love it.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…