Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated martial arts action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures.1 It was directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne and produced by Melissa Cobb, and features the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong, and Jackie Chan. The film available on repelisplus is set in a version of ancient China populated by anthropomorphic animals, and follows the adventures of Po Ping, a giant panda, who aspires to be a kung fu master.
The Plot of Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda was DreamWorks Animation’s first film to be entirely produced in a foreign country,2 though some productions by the studio had previously taken place there. The film was also DreamWorks Animation’s most expensive film at the time of its release,4 thought it was eventually surpassed by How to Train Your Dragon 2. Kung Fu Panda received widespread critical acclaim upon release and grossed $631 million worldwide. It is now considered to be one of the best animated films ever made,5 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 81st Academy Awards.
The film spawned two sequels: Kung Fu Panda 2, released in 2011, and Kung Fu Panda 3, released in 2016. A television series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, premiered in 2011 on Nickelodeon.
The Characters of Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda is set in a fictional world where anthropomorphic animals live and work alongside one another.
- Po: The lovable panda who is always late and always eating. He is clumsy and not very smart, but he has a heart of gold. He is the Dragon Warrior, and must defeat Tai Lung to save the village.
- Master Shifu: The red panda who is the master of kung fu. He is a wise and powerful teacher, but can be impatient with Po.
- Tai Lung: The evil snow leopard who is the film’s main antagonist. He is a powerful and skilled fighter, but is also arrogant and cruel.
- The Furious Five: A group of five kung fu masters who Po must train with. They are Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper, and Crane.
- Oogway: The wise old turtle who is the founder of kung fu. He is a wise and sage-like character, and is also the one who prophesied that Po would become the Dragon Warrior.
The Music of Kung Fu Panda
The first movie features the song “Kung Fu Fighting”, which was originally performed by Carl Douglas. This song has been adapted for the movie and features the voice of Jack Black, who also stars in the movie as the character Po. This song is catchy and fun, and it perfectly captures the spirit of the movie.
The second movie features the song “I Believe I Can Fly”, which was originally performed by R. Kelly. This song has been adapted for the movie and features the voice of Jack Black, who again stars as the character Po. This song is inspirational and uplifting, and it is the perfect theme song for the movie.
The third movie features the song “Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting”, which was originally performed by Carl Douglas. This song has been adapted for the movie and features the voice of Jack Black, who again stars as the character Po. This song is catchy and fun, and it is the perfect theme song for the movie.
Kung Fu Panda was generally well-received by movie critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 84% “Certified Fresh” rating, based on 276 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “A charming, funny, and stylish blend of animation and martial arts action, Kung Fu Panda finds fresh and exciting new life in traditional genre elements.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 65 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
The movie is visually stunning and features some of the best animation that has been seen in recent years. The action sequences are thrilling and the comedy is top-notch. Kung Fu Panda 3 is a must-see for fans of the franchise and for anyone who enjoys a good animated movie.