Kung Fu Panda (2008)

A very sweet animated movie, with Jack Black and a bunch of other big name actors (Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, et al).

Even though you didn’t see it, you already know the story:
Hopelessly uncoordinated panda, a noodlemaker’s son, loves kung fu, but doesn’t want to disappoint his dad (who wants to pass on the family business), panda is chosen as savior through a series of unlikely events, and ends up saving the day against a seemingly undefeatible opponent.

And you know it because we’ve already seen the exact same story a hundred times, in fact you’ve probably done it a few times yourself. (You are a kung fu loving panda, right?)

Oogway the tortoise is awesome.  (Even if they do call him a turtle.  Americans, eh?  Sigh.)

These things are so formulaic you know every note before it’s played, but it’s so sweet and nicely made that I don’t think that really matters.

Beautifully animated, great voice acting, and they really hit every note.


2 thoughts on “Kung Fu Panda (2008)

  1. i’m gonna wait for Kung Fu panda to come out on DVD at this point… Jack Black is classic for sure, he’ll be forever famous for his work in School of Rock

  2. Seems right, I think DVD (or iTunes, or whatever) is fine for animated movies. There’s not much additional to the experience from watching it on the big screen.

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