“ Genre: Children's DVDs - Animation / Parental Guidance / Director: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne / Actors: Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen ... / DVD released 2008-11-17 at Paramount Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Kung Fu Panda is a lovely action packed story about a fat Panda called Po. Po is a huge fan of Kung Fu, but works in a noodle shop with his father, a Goose. Po dreams of becoming a King Fu master and part of the Furious Five, consisting of Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey, who all live together with their Master Shifu. The plot of the story is that basically a former student of Master Shifu, called Tai Lung, who has been imprisoned, escapes and is after the Dragon Scroll. Po accidentally becomes the Dragon warrior after tortoise Master Oogway, picks Po to defend the valley against Tai Lung.
The story then follows the up and downs of Po and his training to become a master of Kung Fu.
Overall I thought King Fu Panda was very good, the scenes are good, the story is heart felt and has a good moral at the end; basically never judge a book by its cover and as usual with a Childs film good conquers overall evil. The characters were interesting and some very funny; Po is voiced by Jack Black and Master Shifu by Dustin Hoffman. Other cast members include Angelina Jolie, Lucy Lui, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan and Randall Duk Kim.
The film is made by Dreamworks it was released in 2008, runs for 90mins and is suitable for ages 3 and upwards.
Overall I would recommend this as it is a very enjoyable film, with lots of action and a nice story line. There is also a King Fu Panda 2 that was released in 2011. You can currently purchase the film on DVD from Amazon for £9.47 (September 2012).
This is a great film from Dreamworks. Although I am not a huge fan of some of Dreamwork's Animations other films such as Shrek, I found Kung Fu Panda thoroughly enjoyable. It starts off with the story behind the a legendary warrior, and continues this theme throughout the film. The story centers around the search for the Dragon Warrior who will be able to defeat Tai Lung, who threatens the peaceful valley. Unsurprisingly, this warrior comes from an unlikely source.
The characters are varied and each provides a unique perspective to the whole story.
Po (the Panda, voice acting by Jack Black) is the character whose journey we focus on, and who we are most interested in. He is a taken on a whirlwind journey from working in his father's noodle restaurant to the centre of the martial arts training ground with the 'Furious Five'. It is Po's dream to become trained in the martial arts that is most endearing. He clearly wants it, but his size is holding him back. Most of the humour is from Po, and Jack Black has the right style to pull off most of the jokes. Po is also the character that I think most people will quietly cheer on as they watch the film.
Mr Ping (Po's father played by James Hong) just doesn't seem to understand that Po might have different dreams other than working in the noodle industry. And Po is reluctant to tell him.
Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) is traditional and a bit closed minded and he comes into argument with Master Oogway about who should be the Dragon Warrior. However, as Master Oogway reminds him in some highly memorable lines, Shifu must be more open minded. Shifu provides more to help the plot develop rather than providing a source of jokes.
Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) provides a lot of the heart for the film. His wise words to all of the characters can prove useful for people in their everyday lives.
The range of other characters such as the Furious Five and Tai Lung are all very important, and they each bring a story of their own to the film.
The music and detail to the animation is amazing for this film. They have captured the whole culture surrounding martial arts and China into this film very well, and do not appear to left out many details. The art and design of different symbols and patterns makes the film more authentic.
This is a film that cannot be missed.
A red panda who's a Kung Fu master, a turtle who's a wise old sage and a big, fat panda bear who's the new Dragon Warrior...the makings of a hugely successful and wonderfully funny kung fu animation. At least that's what I think, and I can't wait for the second instalment, due to be released this June.
As mentioned, Po, the big, fat panda, has dreams of becoming a kung fu warrior and joining the furious five at the Jade Palace, just up the road from his dad's noodle restaurant somewhere in China. The furious five are a tiger (Angelina Jolie), a praying mantis (Seth Rogen), a monkey (Jackie Chan), a crane (David Cross) and a viper (Lucy Liu). Po himself is voiced by Jack Black and master shifu, who eventually trains him, is voiced by Dustin Hoffman. So, you can see that at the very least the characters are voiced by an all-star cast. The actor who most stands out as having thrown himself into the role heart and soul, however, is Jack Black.
So, Po is desperate to become a kung fu warrior, but unfortunately his dad (a goose, of course) has other ideas, and believes that Po is destined to take over control of the restaurant. One day, a poster is put up announcing that the dragon warrior is about to be chosen at the Jade Palace, and Po is desperate to go and watch. In a hilarious turn of events, and after he struggles firstly to lug the noodle cart up the steps to the palace, and then struggles to see anything when the doors are shut in his face, Po ends up being chosen as the dragon warrior.
This coincides with the escape of Tai Lung from prison- he's a dark and dangerous leopard (I think!) who was once trained himself by master Shifu, but turned evil in his obsession with obtaining the dragon scroll.
There are some very nice themes for kids here, such as Po refusing to give up, despite the fact that no one believes he can succeed against Tai Lung- nobody believes him to be special, but he learns that the most important thing in achieving success is for him to believe in himself. Awww. A good lesson even for adult viewers.
I know that Dreamworks are renowned for poor animation when compared with Disney Pixar, and for not convincingly animating people, but this film should shatter any doubts that they are more than capable of competing in the big leagues. Fortunately, perhaps, there aren't any humans in this film, and although some have said that the animals are a bit 'glassy-eyed,' I would have to disagree with this. The animals are convincing enough, but what is really spectacular is some of the scenery, and in particular the peach tree when it blossoms. A lot of the special effects used are also very impressive, such as the old-style Kung Fu movie split-screen scenes and Po doing his kata (or whatever the kung fu equivalent is) in front of a huge setting sun. Tai Lung's escape from prison, with its stop-motion effects and incredibly detailed action sequences is also noteworthy. In fact, I've watched this film with a few of my English classes now, and every time they gasped in surprise at this scene- it must be good if it's capable of silencing a group of rowdy Spanish teenagers!
The blend of humour, sentimentality, special effects and voicing of this film makes it a definite must-see. I remember being very pleasantly surprised the first time I watched it, as it was a breath of fresh air in terms of plot too- at each turn, and just when you think you can predict what's coming next, (mainly based on expectations instilled by Disney Pixar), something funny and / or unusual happens to take you by surprise. It hasnt lost any of its magic in the dozen or so times I've watched it since, either. Highly recommended.
Kung Fu Panda is an animated movie released in 2008. It is written by Jonathan Aibel and directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne. The movie had national premieres in the United States on June 1st 2008.
What is the movie about?
The story of Kung Fu Panda revolves around a clumsy Panda named Po. There are five warriors are trained by Tortoise Master Oogway and his protégé, Master Shifu. A day comes when Oogway has a premonition that Tai Lung will escape from prison and return to the valley. Tai Lung was trained by Master Shifu ever since a child and was supposed to become the Dragon Warrior. He had trained for a long time and was denied the role due to his evilness inside his heart. Once this incident happened, Tai Lung had destroyed the valley and was imprisoned. How does this Panda become the Dragon Warrior? Will he be able to defeat Tai Lung in his return? Watch the movie to find out!
What did the critics say about this movie?
Kung Fu Panda was given mainly positive reviews from the critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 89% of 160 critics had given the movie positive reviews. It was given a rating of 74% by the critics and 92% from the users. Based on 33 reviews on Metacritic, the movie scored 73 out of 100.
What do I think of the movie overall?
I find that this movie is very interesting and full of humour. The comedy doesn't end at all. It slides through many of the scenes even throughout the battle between Panda Po and Tai Lung! It is a great movie to watch!
In a moment of sheer madness I picked up Kung Fu Panda from the bargain bin in the local discount store. Since I enjoy both 3D animation and martial arts films, I decided to purchase it.
And, surprisingly, after watching it, I wasn't at all disappointed. The original Shrek aside, I'm not a huge fan of the animations created by Dreamworks. Their films don't quite seem to have the story telling power or heart and soul of Pixar movies. This theory is backed up by my recent review of Pixar's Up.
Kung Fu Panda tells a fairly typical and traditional Kung Fu story. A bungling martial arts wannabe unexpectedly becomes the 'chosen one' and has to compete against his unskilled self, the other considerably more qualified competitors, and, of course, the evil one.
Since it's essentially a martial arts movie I was a little concerned about the fighting and how it would be portrayed in cartoon fashion. In the end there was nothing to be concerned about as it was done incredibly well. Each character has their own style that matches their personalities or traits.
For any martial arts fan Kung Fu Panda will be the sort of story you will have seen many times before, but for someone new to the genre it will be a gentle opener to this kind of film.
The voice-overs are provided by many famous names including Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane. They all seem to be perfect fits for their characters and each one giving an admiral performance.
As usual with these animated movies they are suitable for both children and adults. There is plenty of colour, action and great characters to keep the kids entertained and enough humour and wit to keep the attention of the elders.
Technically, in terms of computer graphics and sound, it's as good, but no better, than any other computer animated movie released at that time. Still, recommend it to anyone, martial arts fan or not. Just don't be tempted to try out any of the moves yourself!
Kung Fu panda has been brought to us by Dreamworks pictures,creators of Madagascar. On the surface the premise of a podgy,noodle eating panda who can overcome the wicked leopard using kung fu sounds a bit far fetched but this is the basis for this hit family movie! This is an animated film starring a range of famous voices. Jack Black makes a fantastic and highly amusing Kung Fu Panda. Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan and Dustin Hoffman also join in the fun.
As with any good family feature film it has a happy ending and Kung Fu panda wins the day. He also realises he needs his friends and noodles to get by!
This film will appeal to both adults and children alike, it is humorous .
It is available on DVD at popular stores both on the high street and online and can also be hired from local companies e.g Blockbusters.
This starts off with the simple story of a Panda, with human qualities, who dreams of a life more than what he has. Set in the orient, the Panda voiced by Jack Black wants to be like his heroes who fight to defend his city and honour. The humour comes with the absurdity of his father being of a different species and his idols being creatures of different forms all with expert skills in Kung Fu. The likelihood of a Panda being as nimble is called into question and is the reason why the film has comic interest. This is layered over a imminent threat, coming in the form of the Pandas mentors former pupil seeking the truth and the secret held to greatness. Jack Black as the Panda, has to resolve this conflict and becomes an unlikely hero.
The trick to this film is keeping things simple froma a film making point of view, it seems to be a level pulse all the way through and does not exert itself and take a risk. it follows ther covention of the absurd to undertake the task of being quirky and thus worthy of being a kids film. Of course the animation is stunning and it has some special effects. It is no Toy Story yet its hard to spot any negatives, so for me this film is a success by default and is actually very entertaining without ever making me lose control with laughter. Maybe I'm just a grump adult but his is a very good kids film and well crafted.
We frequently look after our young nephew and are always looking for things to keep him occupied. I was bought Kung Fu Panda on DVD quite a while ago and had just never got around to watching it so when he found it he bugged us to put it on so we did. What I found was a fabulous little animated film that was very funny, clever and had some wonderfully witty parts to it. Thoroughly enjoyable and here is why.
Kung Fu Panda tells the story of Po who is a Panda who works at a family noodle shop and his father (who is not a panda) dreams of him taking over the place one day. Po dreams of fighting and one day he tries to see who is chosen to be join the furious five who are all Kung Fu experts. After Po literally crashes into the party, he is chosen to fulfil the prophecy as the chosen. In the meantime a leopard called Tai Lung is on the lookout for revenge.
This story is a bit strange but then again it is an animated film so you do expect it. It starts off with you getting to know a little bit about Po and his thoughts and he is such a loveable character that he keeps you glued to the screen. The story pans out very well and is very satisfying at every part of the film which is nice to see. I think it is a very funny story and the script is hilarious. The furious five are very funny but again great characters make the script fabulous.
From beginning to end you keep your full attention on the film and when it is over you feel like you have had a fantastic journey and actually took the journey with Po. The story is a very original concept and although a little predictable it is just so loveable. There is nothing nasty in the film that you have to worry about and instead you can just enjoy it with the whole family.
The characters in this film are fantastic and the actors that are voicing them really bring them to life. The main character Po is voiced by Jack Black who is the perfect person to do it. Po is a lazy Panda who really has to get told where to go in this film and what to do and he is utterly loveable and very memorable. Jack Black is a great voice as you can tell he put his all into this role and the best thing is that he makes Po very expressive while at all times you forget that Black is doing the voice.
Furious five members are as follows. Tigress is a tiger who is very suave and very resentful of Po joining as she wanted to be the chosen one. She is voiced by Angelina Jolie who is great because she has that slight harshness to her voice which comes across in the character. Then you have Viper who is a snake who is voiced by Lucy Liu. Again the perfect person to play this role as she plays it very snakey if you can imagine that but she has a very smooth voice which helps.
Seth Rogen plays the preying mantis who is called Mantis. Hilarious again because he is a comedy actor so knows what to put in the voice to make it work. Mantis is my favourite because he is so small but is an ultimate fighting machine. Jackie Chan voices the smooth talking yet extravagant monkey and once more is fabulous. David Cross voices the Crane who again looks weak but really can do Kung Fu. Again this is fantastic so I have no complaints at all about any of the voices. You also have Dustin Hoffman voicing the all important master Shifu who has a danger to his voice but is also enticing so this is good.
I think all actors seem to have had fun doing the voices as they all are very expressive and also fun to watch which is what you need.
Kung Fu Panda is a certificate PG which is probably only due to the fighting. It is a great film though and there is nothing nasty but I suppose for very young children the fighting and a few scenes with Tai Lung may be a bit scary. The film goes on for an hour and a half which is about right as it goes by so quickly that you love it and don't think it drags on.
The animation in the film is brilliant as they have made all of the animals look like the actual animals but some of them have a bit of a squareness to them which is fine. It is such a colourful film that you are swept away with it and because it is an animation they can get away with as many colours and brightness they like.
You can buy this on DVD for £5 from Amazon which is a bargain. There are some special features which includes a commentary, meet the cast feature which is funny and few other trailers. I have the 1 disc though and there are more features on the 2 disc edition.
In conclusion we all really enjoyed this film and I have watched it again since. I think it is a great little film which is purely just a bit of fun to watch and sometimes that is all you need. With a great script, great look and great characters then this film is a winner. It is a Dreamworks animation and it is fantastic!
Thanks for reading.
Well as I am sure many of you will agree, there is no shame in being in your late 20's and still loving kids films! I don't always admit it but I love a good Disney film and most of the films like this one I have seen I really enjoy. So here is yet another one.
Kung Fu Panda came out in 2008. The film was directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson. This is an animated adventure comedy and stars loads of big names such as Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan. The film was a big hit at the box office, was nominated for an Oscar and won lots of other awards.
The film tells the story of a Panda named Po. Po dreams of being of being a Ninja. One day he find himself in the worng place at the wrong time and is given the position of the Dragon Warrior, this is a position where one must protect and serve the empire. However Po is a clumsy overweight Panda who is really not very good at martial arts. So now he must learn fast and with the help of his new friends he must defeat the evil Tai Lung and save the empire.
This is a good film but to be honest it was just a little disapointing. The bar is very high with these type of films and this one did not quite make it for me. The story is good fun and clever but there is just something missing for me.
The characters are all very clever but the laughs are few and far between for me. In most animated films like this you have a few little characters who really make you laugh, maybe thats what this one is missing, there are really no characters who make me laugh that much.
The story while being good fun is very predictable but you expect that in this kind of film. It is one that does work on both levels for younger and older viewers alike so there is plenty to enjoy.
The film runs for 92 minutes which is about average for an animated film. Even thought it is quite short is feels a little dragged out in places so maybe they could have bulked the content up a little.
The film is rated PG. This is a kids film and there is really nothing in there that should offend or upset anyone. You can watch this with the family no problems.
The DVD itself is Ok. It has a few features you can enjoy, some trailers and funny scenes but nothing to special really.
Overall this is a good film but its not a classic that I would watch again. I'm sure its one the kids will enjoy and so its worth getting it for them but for the adults it does not quite make the grade. It will entertain you but not as much as you would expect for a big name animation. Give it a try and decide for yourself.
This is another film that came to my attention because of Sky Anytime. I do like watching tv, but won't watch anything. I have been watching more films of late though, and oddly enough some Kids films. So how was this? Pretty good I would say.
Kung Fu Panda is an animation about a Panda that lives in China. He runs a Noodle Bar with his dad, but he loves Kung Fu. He dreams of becoming a Kung Fu fighter like his Idols The Furious Five.
One day he goes to watch a Kung Fu thing which the Furious Five are attending, and in a twist of fate, he ends up being chosen to be one of them. He is to save the valley from Tai Lung and the Snow Leopard. Although the Panda is pretty confident before in his life working in the Noodle Bar, you see him growing and becoming more happy. After all he is living the dream.
The film is made by Dreamworks and the animation is great. Although this is all in an animated way, you see the great buildings of China, the gren land teamed up with the cute furry animals with their big shiny cartoon eyes.
This film is suitable for all ages. It will appeal to younger kids as the message of getting what you have your heart set on, as well as doing good in the world. Little boys will probably copy the Kund Fu moves, and there is some grown up jokes in there that will go over the kids heads.
Yes, it wasn't the best amimated film i've seen, but I only mean that because the best animated film in my view is the Toy Story films, but this is a good film, and just because it wasn't 100% for me, i'm sure others loved this.
Kung Fu Panda is the first film my daughter saw at the cinema and she was so impressed! Kung Fu Panda is about Po the Panda (voiced by Jack Black) who dreams of becoming a warrior of martial arts but is duty bound to work alongside his dad at the family noodle bar. Until by accident he is selected to fight alongside five other martial art experts. He is taught by Master Shifu the art of Kung Fu, preparing him for the arrival of Tai Lung, the tiger with a grudge who has been imprisoned.
This is the story of an underdog coming out on top and earning the respect of his peers with some laughs along the way.
Another fantastic sucess by Dreamworks and a film that kids and parents alike could enjoy. There are some very funny moments in this film and you could watch it time and time again. Well worth investing in the DVD.
Released in 2008, Kung Fu Panda is another dreamworks family movie, rated PG.
The story centres around Po, a panda (voiced by Jack Black) who is working in a noodle shop and is expected to take over the family noodle buissness from his father. Meanwhile he dreams of learning kung fu and following in the the footsteps of his idols, the kung fu masters the furious five - Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper, and Crane. When the five warriors master decides to bestow the title 'dragon warrior' onto one of them, by letting them read the legendary dragon scroll, Po is determined to go and watch the ceremony. Whilst he almost misses the ceremony, trying to get in on time to see who is chosen, he finds himself chosen as the dragon warrior, much to everyones surprise (especially the furious five). The rest of the film follows Po as he learns to become a kung fu master with the intention of defeating the imprisioned Tai Lung, and stopping him from stealing the dragon scroll for himself.
It's taken me a while to watch this film but since i have i've watched it twice in a week. The animation is fantastic and the voice acting brings the film to life. Before i watched this the only voice actor i knew that had worked on this film was Jack Black, so i was surprised to see other actors such as Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogan, Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu in the end credits. This film is really easy to watch, there's a lot of laughs, i don't think i could ever get bored of it.
Kung Fu Panda is another great animation from Dreamworks studios. These are the same people who brought us Shrek & are really begining to rival Disney in quality of Children's films.
Po is a Panda who dreams of being a Martial Arts hero. Unfortunatly he has to work in the noodle parlour with his father (who is strangely a bird!). One day, Master Oogway a Turtle who has mastered the art of Kung Fu decides that the time has come to choose the Dragon Warrior from the Resident students of Kung Fu, the Furious Five. Po, overwhelmed with excitement sets off to the palace along with the rest of the villagers to see who is chosen. He doesn't quite get to the entrance in time & gets stuck outside. Determined to make it inside the walls to see the climax of the cerremony, Po gets on a chair & straps a load of fireworks to it to rocket himself over the wall. This works and he lands inside the palace to find master Oogway pointing at him.
This film is really great fun. It has an all star cast of voice talent who all do a good job. There are lots of laughs throughout the film, plus great action fight scenes, which are completely blood free & more than suitable for the kiddies. The plot is fairly fluffy & formulaic, but there aren't many kids films that are truly unique.
I enjoy this film a lot whenever I watch it & I always seem to discover something that I missed the first time. I had lots of laughs & although the story doesn't have many surprises, I did enjoy it's message that you should follow your dream & anything can be possible no matter who you are or where you come from. Everyone has a talent.
Kung Fu Panda is a Dreamworks animated film.
The story follows a big fat Panda named Po, voiced by Jack Black who does an excellent job of sounding like a panda. He works in his families noodle shop with his father who has dreams for him to become a noodle seller. Po dreams of nothing but martial arts and lives and breathes kung fu.
They hold a ceremony to determine who shall become the legendary Dragonwarrior, and Po goes along to watch as one of the Furious Five a team of deadly martial artists trained by Master Shifu is chosen. Through a series of attempts to get in Po manages to land right in the middle of the ceremony and chosen to become the legendary Dragonwarrior himself!
The story is really touching and there are loads of laughs along the way as Po journeys from a useless fat Panda to the enlightened Dragon warrior. It is really interesting to see the transformation of the character, I expected him to become the generic super warrior but he remains as himself and the fight scenes between him and the villain is really great to watch.
The animation of the film is superb, the film has really well animated characters and plenty of fighting moves on show throughout which will keep your mouth open in awe! The characters are all voiced by celebrities, from Jackie Chan as the Monkey, Angelina Jolie as the Tigeress to Dustin Hoffman as master Shifu, their mentor.
The movie is obviously aimed at the younger audience but adults will also appreciate the films humour and excellent CG along with the celebrity voice cast.
The DVD is available in many stores and can be yours for around £5, a bargain for this excellent film.
This is a film only review.
Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 animated comedy from the DreamWorks Animation studio, Outside of the Shrek franchise I have never really been a fan of the animated movies DreamWorks have put out over the years, I've always found them to be nowhere near as good as their main rivals Pixar, who continue to innovate and set the benchmark with every release. So with this is mind I went into watching Kung Fu Panda expecting the worst, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The film is set in an ancient China which is populated by animals instead of humans and tells the story of Po the Panda (Jack Black), a kung fu fan who works in his father's noodle shop. His dreams come a reality when he is unexpectedly named as the Dragon Warrior by Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim), a Galápagos Tortoise. He now faces a battle against time as his kung fu master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) attempts to teach him the ways of the dragon so he is ready to battle prison escapee Tia Lung (Ian McShane), as he tries to lay waste to their land.
The film comes in at an even 90 minutes so is just the right length for a film such as this, especially as it is aimed primarily at children. It held my attention well and I was never bored. The 3d animation is extremely impressive, the colours and textures where vivid and the characters movement through the action sequences is exciting.
The storyline is predictable and holds no surprises, but this is a children's film so that's to be expected. It's really quite funny at times, particularly in the interaction between Black and Hoffman's characters.
I wasn't expecting much when sitting down to watch Kung Fu Panda but it really entertained me, it's beautifully animated, funny and you actually care about the characters. If you're looking for a bit of light relief you could do a lot worse than check out this film.
Voice cast includes;
Jack Black as Po
Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu
Angelina Jolie as Master Tigress
Ian McShane as Tai Lung
Lucy Liu as Master Viper
Seth Rogen as Master Mantis
Jackie Chan as Master Monkey
David Cross as Master Crane
Randall Duk Kim as Master Oogway
James Hong as Mr. Ping
Directors: Mark Osborne and John Stevenson
Released: 4th July 2008 (UK)
Runtime: 92 minutes
Available on DVD and Blu-Ray