Kung Fu Panda
All Genres: Animation, Action, Comedy, Family
Release Year: 2008
Director: Mark OsborneJohn Stevenson
Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS, Sonics-DDP
Writing by: Jonathan Aibel – (screenplay) &
Glenn Berger – (screenplay)
Ethan Reiff – (story) &
Cyrus Voris – (story)
Produced by: Jonathan Aibel – co-producer
Glenn Berger – co-producer
Melissa Cobb – producer
Kristina Reed – associate producer
Cast: Jack Black – Po (voice)
Dustin Hoffman – Shifu (voice)
Angelina Jolie – Tigress (voice)
Ian McShane – Tai Lung (voice)
Jackie Chan – Monkey (voice)
Seth Rogen – Mantis (voice)
Lucy Liu – Viper (voice)
David Cross – Crane (voice)
Randall Duk Kim – Oogway (voice)
James Hong – Mr. Ping (voice)
Dan Fogler – Zeng (voice)
Music: John Powell Hans Zimmer
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Plot Outline: Po the Panda is the laziest animals in all of the Valley of Peace, but unwittingly becomes the chosen one when enemies threaten their way of life.
Plot: It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around…which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five — Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey — under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart – and his girth – into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths.
Movie Quotes: Oogway: There are no accidents.
Crazy Credits: We know about 3 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
Stylized artwork, similar to the opening credits, plays during the entire end credit sequence.
Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Continuity: During Tai-Lung's escape scene, he tosses 4 spears into the air. When he jumps up he only kicks 3 spears, but 4 are shown crashing into the prison wall.
Trivia: There are 11 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- The individual fighting styles of the Furious Five members (Crane, Mantis, Tiger, Monkey and Viper) are actual martial art styles modeled after the particular animals.
- The Kung Fu/ Wu-xia convention where attacks on the correct nerve/ Chi points can cause paralysis and other effects is adopted although it is not explained in the film, and the jade figurine topped sticks on the shell worn on the imprisoned Tai Lung are positioned at the traditional Chi energy points of the body. The sticks are intended to keep the villain from accessing the power from those points, which is why he was first concerned about removing them before attempting to break his chains.
- Shifu's Chinese name, as shown in the end credits, means “Teacher-Master” (“Shi-fu” in Pinyin transliteration). Sifu is a red panda, but with a lot more white fur than red.