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Kung Fu Panda [DVD]
Kung Fu Panda (DVD)
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Kung Fu Panda (DVD)
Advantages: A typical animated movie
Disadvantages: Storyline not great for the adults
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!
Summary: An entertaining movie for all the family