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Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Po the panda surrounded by the Furious Five and Master Shifu.Summary:
Po is a great big tub of a panda bear helping his dad run a noodle restaurant in Valley of Peace.  He dreams of doing kung fu, in spite of his large size and being generally out of shape.  When the valley is threatened by an escaped evil kung fu master and coincidence leads to Po being named the Dragon Warrior, he gets his chance to see if he can handle kung fu alongside the Master Shifu and his students, the Furious Five–Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper, and Monkey.

Although in some ways it’s your predictable kid’s movie (I mean, just look at the Furious Five’s names), in other ways it is delightfully surprising.  Po’s dreams of being a kung fu warrior are pretty much just dreams to him.  He never seriously thinks he could do it.  He just likes watching from afar, but when the chance comes up to actually do it, he steps right up to the plate.

Sight gags are numerous, and the animation is largely delightful.  All the birds have a certain adorable quality to them, and the Valley of Peace’s inhabitants are largely cute bunnies and pigs.  Kung Fu Panda pokes fun at itself, such as with the fact that Po’s father, a bird, is not really his father.  This rather obvious fact is used for jokes, but is never addressed.

Probably what is most enjoyable about the film, though, is that although Po becomes proficient at kung fu, his size doesn’t change.  He goes from out of shape and large to in shape and large.  Indeed, his belly fat ends up helping him out.  Master Shifu admits that the struggles at first were largely his fault in trying to teach Po the way he taught the others, when Po is his own individual person.

A fun message supported by good animation, a cute storyline, and an all-star voice cast including Jack Black, Jackie Chan, and Angelina Jolie, Kung Fu Panda is definitely worth the watch.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: Video on Demand

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  1. April 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I really enjoyed this film too. I love animated films especially when it involves furry talking animals, I’m totally sold then lol! I simply can’t wait for Toy Story 3 to be released 😀

    • April 6, 2010 at 8:34 am

      Furry talking animals can totally make a movie, but only when they’re done right, which Kung Fu Panda pulls off quite well. 🙂

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