Kung Fu Panda

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by the filmmakers; featurettes including "Meet the Cast," "Pushing the Boundaries," and "Sound Design"; "Kung Fu Fighting" music video by Cee-Lo; Mr. Ping's Noodle House; How to Use Chopsticks; Conservation International: Help Save Wild Pandas; Dragon Warrior Training Academy; web links and printables; DreamWorks Animation Video JukeBox.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2008
  • UPC: 097361179544
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dreamworks Animated
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,820

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Black Voice Only
Dustin Hoffman Voice Only
Angelina Jolie Voice Only
Ian McShane Voice Only
Seth Rogen Voice Only
Lucy Liu Voice Only
David Cross Voice Only
Randall Duk Kim Voice Only
James Hong Voice Only
Dan Fogler Voice Only
Michael Clarke Duncan Voice Only
Jackie Chan Voice Only
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
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kung Fu Panda
1. Chapter 1 [2:29]
2. Chapter 2 [2:45]
3. Chapter 3 [2:41]
4. Chapter 4 [2:42]
5. Chapter 5 [5:56]
6. Chapter 6 [2:49]
7. Chapter 7 [3:13]
8. Chapter 8 [3:38]
9. Chapter 9 [4:53]
10. Chapter 10 [4:11]
11. Chapter 11 [3:09]
12. Chapter 12 [3:58]
13. Chapter 13 [3:10]
14. Chapter 14 [5:43]
15. Chapter 15 [:19]
16. Chapter 16 [4:40]
17. Chapter 17 [2:19]
18. Chapter 18 [3:17]
19. Chapter 19 [4:46]
20. Chapter 20 [2:59]
21. Chapter 21 [4:12]
22. Chapter 22 [5:58]
23. Chapter 23 [3:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Kung Fu Panda
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio
         English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
         French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         Filmmaker's Commentary
            View the Film With Commentary By Directors John Stevenson and Mark Osborne: On/Off
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Fimmaker's Commentary
         View The Film With Commentary By Directors John Stevenson and Mark Osborne: On/Off
      Meet The Cast
      Pushing The Boundaries
      Sound Design
      "Kung Fu Fighting" Music Video By Cee-Lo
      Mr Ping's Noodle House
      How To Use Chopsticks
      Conservation International: Help Save Wild Pandas
      Dragon Warrior Training Academy
      Printables & Weblinks
      Dreamworks Animation Video Jukebox
         Shrek
         Shrek The Third
         Bee Movie
         Flushed Away
         Over The Hedge
         Madagascar
         Shark Tale
         Shrek 2
      Trailers
         Monsters vs Aliens
         Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
         Secrets of the Furious Five
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    Awesome

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Cute movie

    My granddaughter laughed so much. She really got into it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    A funny laugh MOVIE!!!

    Bob is a Panda that has only one dream...Be a ninja. And even better he is a fan of the Five Furious. A serpent,a monkey, a tiger, a bird(grulla),and a grasshoper. Bob works with his dad at a restaurant,and one day the house were live the five furious have an anounsment:that they will anouns the one who is the dragon warrior.Desesperately Bob cath up to the house, and in result incredibely HE is the dragon warrior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie For Everyone

    This movie is great for everyone in the family, especially children. It is something I have watched over and over again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great movie for all!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kung Fu Panda

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Kick Action

    Jack Black was great as the lead panda. The storyline was engaging and funny. The supporting cast of "characters" made the story fun and the action and adventure kept the movie moving forward. This was nice for the family, just be careful of some of the situations they may not be for children. Overall a good movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An entertaining movie with lots of fun and lessons on life.

    Great for kids both young and old.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Almost as Good as Wall-E

    Very humorous film, uplifting and is great for people of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS MOVIE ROCKS

    I really enjoyed this movie;funny, good storyline..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    On par with Pixar!

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE FOR BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Dreamworks scores a hit!

    I'll be the first to admit I'm not a fan of a lot of Dreamworks' animation. They often seem to being quickly shoveling out the CG just to make a buck and sell some toys - their constant cashing in on the Shrek franchise being the main example of this. Kung Fu Panda surprised me, though! A distinct lack of pop culture jokes and crude humor, combined with an engaging story and a likable main character makes this a thoroughly entertaining film. Even more so for anyone who's a fan of the kung fu genre. My only quip is that the Furious Five needed more fleshing out as characters. I believe Jackie Chan's 'Master Monkey' had all of two lines in the entire film. Of course, there is the two pack DVD set that comes with a bonus cartoon that details their pasts. But still, it would have been nice to see a bit more characterization from the film.

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