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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

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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.

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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, Rovi

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Cast

Ian McShane
as Tai Lung
Lucy Liu
as Viper
Seth Rogen
as Mantis
James Hong
as Mr. Ping
Michael Clarke Duncan
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 Bunny
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 (180) | 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.

December 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

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).

November 22, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

November 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: B

Hands down the most visually striking of DreamWorks Animation's releases, this lively CGI comedy is tailor-made for Jack Black.

September 10, 2008 | Full Review…

The aphorisms creak. The plot's an open book. But all of those clichés are part of the joke in this ebullient ursine coming-of-age tale about a humble panda destined for greatness.

July 18, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kung Fu Panda

½

If film is supposed to be entertaining there's no problem here as you'll find yourself drawn in one way or the other. For instance, this peppers along so well that your complaints are out the window and gone before they're even given voice, which is to say that it's pretty good considering it's the second sequel.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Outrageously entertaining! Jack Black, along with the rest of the voice cast, does an incredible job of making us believe that these animals are actually part of a kung fu team. I loved this movie from beginning to end. The witty humour, the hidden adult humour, the fight sequences, the visuals, and the storytelling, are all small elements that come together to make this movie one to remember. Dreamworks has definitely hit it's mark in super-stardom. I can praise this film all day long, but it's familiar story arcs and constant cliches do get tiresome. Overall, this film has everything you would want, but also everything you'd expect, which may or may not hurt the film for you. This film is so much fun to watch and I highly recommend it to people of all ages.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

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