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… See more details below

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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.

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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:
09/29/2009
UPC:
0032429071910
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Animated
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dragon warrior training academy; Food network exclusive: Alton Brown at Mr. Ping's Noodle House; "Kung Fu Fighting" music video; How to use chopsticks; Help save the wild pandas; Awesome activities and behind-the-scenes fun

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

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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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