Kung Fu Panda (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kung Fu Panda (2008)



Critic Consensus: Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.

Movie Info

A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in this animated martial arts adventure featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan. On the surface, Po (voice of Black) may look like just another portly panda bear, but beneath his fur he bears the mark of the chosen one. By day, Po works faithfully in his family's noodle shop, but by night he dreams of becoming a true master of the martial arts. Now an ancient prophecy has come to pass, and Po realizes that he is the only one who can save his people from certain destruction. With time running short and malevolent snow leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane ) closing in, Furious Five legends Tigress (Jolie), Crane (David Cross ), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), Monkey (Chan), and their wise sensei, Master Shifu (Hoffman), all draw on their vast knowledge of fighting skills in order to transform a lumbering panda bear into a lethal fighting machine. Now, if the noble Po can master the martial arts and somehow transform his greatest weaknesses into his greatest strengths, he will fulfill his destiny as the hero who saved his people during their darkest hour. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for sequences of martial arts action)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 9, 2008
Box Office: $215.4M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Ian McShane
as Tai Lung
Lucy Liu
as Viper
Seth Rogen
as Mantis
James Hong
as Mr. Ping
Michael Clarke Dunca...
as Commander Vachir
Wayne Knight
as Gang Boss
Kyle Gass
as KG Shaw
JR Reed
as JR Shaw
Tanya Haden
as Smitten Bunny
Stephen Kearin
as Gong Pig/Grateful Bu...
Mark Osborne
as Pig Patron
John Stephenson
as Rhino Guard
Jeremy Shipp
as Blind Gator
Melissa Cobb
as Bunny Mom
Kent Osborne
as Pig Fan
Emily Robison
as Bunny Fan No.1
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Critic Reviews for Kung Fu Panda

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (43)

There's something about the look of Kung Fu Panda that is so novel and pleasing. Perhaps it's just that we haven't seen this vintage, Far East world in a computer-animated movie before.

Full Review… | December 7, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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).

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

As the credits roll, the film's many flaws come sharply into focus. But while it lasts, Kung-Fu Panda is something of a guilty treat.

Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Manages to entertain and dazzle, and parents won't beat themselves up for sitting through it, although what it teaches could fit on a fortune cookie.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Some of it just seems silly, which is fine for a family movie, of course, but there's silly and then there's silly. Kung Fu Panda is silly.

Full Review… | December 7, 2014

When the kids are happy and I get to watch a Jack Black kung fu movie, that's good enough for me.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Paste Magazine

Audience Reviews for Kung Fu Panda

A fun movie that me and my daughter both enjoyed. Skadoosh!!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Funny and quite stylish, but entirely insubstantial, which is ok.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

The dialogue provided by the charismatic Jack Black brings magic in this simplistic DreamWorks picture. Kung Fu Panda's blend of action, comedy and animation makes the film a worthwhile treat for all audiences. 5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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