Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Po (Jack Black) has dreams of being an awesome kung fu master, but when reality sets in, he knows he is just an overweight Panda who works in his father’s noodle restaurant. The Furious 5 (Monkey (Jackie Chan), Viper (Lucy Liu), Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Crane (David Cross)) live high in the Temple with Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), and the “Dragon Warrior” will be chosen from the 5 in a glorious ceremony. Po’s father wants him to go and serve the noodles to the crowd, but due to an explosive entrance, Po is chosen Dragon Warrior by Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim). Master Shifu and the Furious 5 are displeased by the news that Po was chosen, but when feared Tia Lung (Ian McShane) escapes from his prison, Po must be taught quickly in order to save everyone from Lung’s wrath.
In the summer of 2008, a movie by the name of The Dark Knight was ruling the box office, but everyone saw that one coming and knew it would be great. However, I remember the movies I saw that summer and Kung Fu Panda was by far the best surprise. It has plenty of charm, action, color and most importantly, funny! I never really got Jack Black’s humor, but when he is animated, his silliness can be acted out in other ways. Kung Fu Panda is great for young and old to enjoy together and, not to mention, looks wonderful on Blu-ray. It was such a great hit that they made a sequel that lived up to the first movie’s standards. This was just another reason to know that Dreamworks Animation (Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Megamind) could rival any Pixar film from here on out.
9/10 Stars – With bright colors, vivid animation and a charming, funny story, Kung Fu Panda shines at every level.
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