Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda

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Director: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson

Cast: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson, Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman

     
 

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A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in this animated martial arts adventure featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan. On the surface, Po (voice of Black) may look like just another portly panda bear, but beneath his fur he bears the mark of the

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A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in this animated martial arts adventure featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan. On the surface, Po (voice of Black) may look like just another portly panda bear, but beneath his fur he bears the mark of the chosen one. By day, Po works faithfully in his family's noodle shop, but by night he dreams of becoming a true master of the martial arts. Now an ancient prophecy has come to pass, and Po realizes that he is the only one who can save his people from certain destruction. With time running short and malevolent snow leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane ) closing in, Furious Five legends Tigress (Jolie), Crane (David Cross ), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), Monkey (Chan), and their wise sensei, Master Shifu (Hoffman), all draw on their vast knowledge of fighting skills in order to transform a lumbering panda bear into a lethal fighting machine. Now, if the noble Po can master the martial arts and somehow transform his greatest weaknesses into his greatest strengths, he will fulfill his destiny as the hero who saved his people during their darkest hour.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The massive success of Shrek turned out to be a double-edged sword for DreamWorks Animation. The giant box-office revenues created by the big green ogre gave the young company a familiar face to market, and Jeffrey Katzenberg his first mega-hit after his ugly split from Disney. However, Shrek proved to be something of a creative liability. Instead of focusing on storytelling, the studio often attempted to recreate Shrek's massive success by stuffing their movies full of pop-culture references. Shark Tale, Madagascar, and Over the Hedge all sacrificed story in favor of a self-referential pop-culture knowingness, even when -- in the case of the last two -- the story was strong enough to work without relying on those gimmicks. One got the sense that as far as quality went, DreamWorks would forever play second fiddle to Pixar. Kung Fu Panda, however, just might the beginning of a new era. First-time feature directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson have crafted a traditional story. This is not a send-up or spoof of chopsocky clichés, but rather a bona fide entry in the genre. Po (Jack Black) wants nothing more than to learn martial arts like his heroes, but worries he is destined to be nothing more than a noodle seller like his father. He undergoes training, learns to believe in himself, faces his most feared enemy, and along the way teaches his master (an excellent Dustin Hoffman) a valuable lesson. By staying focused first and foremost on the classic story progression, the filmmakers are able to fill the movie with the little details that make animated films so much fun to watch. Everything in Kung Fu Panda works, from elegant details like the patterns on the serving bowls to the ballet-and-slapstick-inspired fight choreography to the flawless supporting work from talents like Seth Rogen and David Cross. All the elements come through precisely because the film never insists on shoving them down the viewers' throats. This movie is confident. Jack Black projects his personality with the intensity of a Broadway star, something that occasionally makes him seem too "big" for the silver screen. It's not that he overacts, it's simply that his stage presence can engulf everything around him. When, however, he trusts the material, he can modulate this potent talent. He wins the audience's goodwill in the first 60 seconds of Kung Fu Panda, thanks to a very funny monologue about the legend of the panda warrior, and at no point in the rest of the movie does he or anyone else do anything to detract from those feelings. Kung Fu Panda lives up to Howard Hawks' old adage that a successful movie is three good scenes and no bad ones.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/05/2016
UPC:
0024543238409
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Animated
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
8,169

Special Features

Closed Caption; Awesome Bonus Disc: ; 3 animated adventures: New! Secrets of the scroll; Secrets of the masters; Secrets of the furious five; Martial arts awesomeness music video; Mash-up of awesomeness: Slo-mo; Mash-up of blunders; Plus an exclusive sneak peek of Kung Fu Panda 3; ; Special Features: ; Director's audio commentary; Meet the cast; Pushing the boundaries; Sound design; Mr. Ping's noodle house; How to use chopsticks

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Black Po
Dustin Hoffman Master Shifu
Angelina Jolie Tigress
Ian McShane Tai Lung
Seth Rogen Mantis
Lucy Liu Viper
David Cross Crane
Randall Duk Kim Oogway
James Hong Mr. Ping
Dan Fogler Zeng
Michael Clarke Duncan Commander Vachir
Jackie Chan Monkey

Technical Credits
Mark Osborne Director
John Stevenson Director
Jonathan Aibel Co-producer,Screenwriter
Glenn Berger Co-producer,Screenwriter
Melissa Cobb Producer
Bill Damaschke Executive Producer
Leslee Feldman Casting
Dan Harmon Screenwriter
Tang Khen Heng Art Director
Clare Knight Editor
John Powell Score Composer
Kristen Reed Associate Producer
Ethan Reiff Original Story
Rob Schrab Screenwriter
Cyrus Voris Original Story
Raymond Zibach Production Designer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kung Fu Panda: Ultimate Edition of Awesomeness
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [:00]
3. Chapter 3 [:00]
4. Chapter 4 [:00]
5. Chapter 5 [:00]
6. Chapter 6 [:00]
7. Chapter 7 [:00]
8. Chapter 8 [:00]
9. Chapter 9 [:00]
10. Chapter 10 [:00]
11. Chapter 11 [:00]
12. Chapter 12 [:00]
13. Chapter 13 [:00]
14. Chapter 14 [:00]
15. Chapter 15 [:00]
16. Chapter 16 [:00]
17. Chapter 17 [:00]
18. Chapter 18 [:00]
19. Chapter 19 [:00]
20. Chapter 20 [:00]
21. Chapter 21 [:00]
22. Chapter 22 [:00]
23. Chapter 23 [:00]
Disc #2 -- Kung Fu Panda: Ultimate Secrets Collection
1. Chapter 1 [11:17]
2. Chapter 2 [11:54]
1. Chapter 1 [11:32]
2. Chapter 2 [11:25]
1. Chapter 1 [11:41]
2. Chapter 2 [12:50]
1. Chapter 1 [3:04]
1. Chapter 1 [2:52]

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Kung Fu Panda 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This is a really good movie for the whole family with some pretty cool fight scenes and hilarious moments, especially the faces Po makes in slow motion. Priceless. The fight at the end is also really good. A movie you can see again and again. For some reason it reminds me of another movie called Mulan. Both good movies.
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abbyactress55 More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie today. I had heard a lot from my friends and didn't know what to expect. This movie was so good that is makes me want to learn kung fu. This movie has delightful characters, a great plot, laugh-out-loud humor and is a great present for both children and adults. Best comedy of 2008.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a pleasant surprise this film was! I too am typically underwhelmed by Dreamworks animation output, but Kung Fu Panda shines. It's as charming a movie as I've seen in quite a while. And, as another reviewer pointed out, there we're no anachronistic pop culture jokes, for once! The filmakers obvious reverence for the Kun Fu genre makes things that much more enjoyable. The characters are wonderful and the story is engaging. But the real star here is the action sequences and the animation itself. The attention to detail in the fight choreography and escape sequence are unmatched. It was thrilling to see they way these characters used any and every bit of their landscape to jump, climb, and flip into action. Morally sound and sweet as can be, this truly does rival some of Pixars best and puts Dreamworks on a path towards real respect in the animation genre. Cheers!
gmcnally_md More than 1 year ago
Very humorous film, uplifting and is great for people of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for kids both young and old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie;funny, good storyline..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really cute and funny. It also allows children to realize that all "superheroes" aren't big, strong characters but can be fuzzy, chubby Pandas!
Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this movie! It is very well made, with great characters and storyline -- an overweight panda who dreamed of being a kung fu master! Jack Black is hilarious as Po, and Dustin Hoffman is amazing as Master Shifu. The movie also has alot of memorable scenes, such as the one where Po and Shifu fight over the dumpling. Doesn't matter how old you are, you will enjoy this movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is great for everyone in the family, especially children. It is something I have watched over and over again.
mimiandrosgranny More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter laughed so much. She really got into it.
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