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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…
I'm always a little blown away by just how great this film is. Kung Fu Panda is one of the very best computer animated films to not come from Pixar.
At its core, it is the classic unlikely hero tale that's been done many, many times before. But rarely is it pulled off as competently as done here. The pacing is pretty much perfect and it never dwells too long on any particular scene. This means that we are constantly pushing onto the next scene and plot point, never leaving any time for you to doze off.
The balance of drama, action and humour is nailed down to a tee. There's never too much of a focus on any of…
Rewatching since it came out and I gotta say it holds up pretty well.
Po's dad is my favorite quickly followed by Oogway.
Fun movie and the martial arts is pretty good.
Although I wish the whole movie was animated like the opening. God damn that is some gorgeous animation.
All these computer-animated films featuring Unlikely Hero who has to battle Great Odds are running together in my mind.
Part 4 of the "Why did everyone like it so much?" series
Oh look, it's another "believe in yourself and follow your heart" story. Do Disney and Dreamworks writers all recycle their ideas from the same factory?
Depending on your amount of love for kung fu movies, this is either an amazingly animated choreography or just another average cartoon with funny talking animals. Personally, after seeing "Moana", "How to Train Your Dragon", and "Kung Fu Panda" all (generally) telling the same antiquated story of average person setting out from their mundane life on a coming-of-age adventure, I'm honestly just a little burn out. It was effective when Lucas used it 40 years ago in "A New Hope", but now Joseph…
Great movie for anyone. Very creative and funny. Beautiful animations. Definitely a favorite.
Overall Rating: 5/5
Sound Quality: 4/5
Picture Quality: 5/5
Media Type: Blu-ray
Funny animation movie :)
Want to see the next one <3
Holy shit there's a lot of slow motion in this movie
Not really sure how to feel about this. It's likeable and silly, Jack Black is good as the voice of the title character, and there's a lot of beauty to the animation. Yet I find the orientalist cliche a little unnerving, and it leans heavily on the whole passing-down-the-heavy-burden-of-patriarchal-power-and-responsibility thing.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…