Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five
Director Nesher has a way of reducing each confrontation to its two-dimensional essence, and he's not helped by a swampy, sentimental musical score.
Restrained direction and the cast's strong, disciplined performances keep it from falling into soap-opera territory.
The Secrets twines coming-out, coming-of-age and coming-to-terms-with-Orthodoxy in a way that diminishes all three -- and dilutes its message with clichés.
There is pain and empowerment in The Secrets as difficult choices are made. There are also gaps, but emotionally moving performances by Ardant, Bukstein and Shtamler in particular, keep you with this small but provocative film until the end.
In some ways, it is a traditional narrative. But it is more. It is gently and powerfully acted.
The Secrets belongs in a mini-tradition of involving films that limn the border where spiritual and sexual awakenings collide and entwine.
Audience Reviews for Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five
I kinda dug the animation and Tara Strong has one of the best voices in the industry... but this short is sort of lacking. However, I love that more of the back story was explained. Thank God for video. I'd rather this be made than not. That's some good, yes?
saw this movie when i bought the DVD. The original was great. But i would have liked the cut scenes to have had been the same 2d quality as the original opening. but it wasn't. not bad for kids though...
Of course, being a Kung Fu Panda fan, I would love this regardless of what anyone else would say. But its a great short animation, with Po taking on a new generation of students and teaching the basics with the anecdotes of the Furious Five. Not much to say, but great animation, a bit of humor, but its really aimed for the kiddies, but enjoyable an 25 mins.
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