Kung Fu Panda
Stars Jack Black as an unlikely "chosen one", who is trained by the "furious five" martial arts masters (Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Ian McShane) to become the Kung Fu Panda.
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Appealing kid-friendly comedy; some scary scenes.
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Fresh: The aphorisms creak. The plot's an open book. But all of those clichs are part of the joke in this ebullient ursine coming-of-age tale about a humble panda destined for greatness.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, July 18, 2008
Fresh: Hands down the most visually striking of DreamWorks Animation's releases, this lively CGI comedy is tailor-made for Jack Black.
- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Fresh: The animation work is dazzling; it's lovingly detailed without being overdone (particularly the opening sequence, which is hand-drawn and looks like prints struck from ancient woodblocks).
- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Friday, November 22, 2013
A greatly detailed animation film that is full of fun. You can tell when an animation film has had a lot of time, care and thought put into it. The quality of the lighting, shadows, reflections and even fur are up there with the best animations. It's bright and colourful as well to appeal to the kids. Didn't notice the strong voice cast until the credits came up including Jackie Chan, to have all of them in one film is impressive, in an animated film even more so. This is a funny film all ages should enjoy. Looking forward to the sequel out now!
- Deano78, Saturday, June 18, 2011
A clumsy and gluttonous panda is revealed to be the chosen one to become the Dragon Warrior and defeat the evil former student of his master. Kung Fu Panda pretty much does what it says on the tin. It's exactly the kind of Americanized version of Eastern culture I was expecting, including the Karate Kid format, usual fortune cookie philosophy and pseudo-martial arts, right through to the slightly embarrassing use of Carl Douglas' Kung Fu Fighting for the credits. It is a very technically accomplished film however, with animation of a very high standard and some very, very pretty use of imagery. Jack Black also managed to dial himself down a notch so even those who find him terminally irritating should be able to swallow him for 90 minutes and it's all very difficult to dislike. I'm sure kids will get a kick out of seeing cutesy teddy bears kicking the stuffing out of each other, but for me it felt a bit like watching someone else play Fur Fighters crossed with the Yoda fight scenes from the prequels and seriously needed an injection of laughs for the adult audience. Inoffensive enough, but Mulan was better in my humble opinion.
- garyX, Saturday, June 18, 2011