Kung Fu Panda
Yesterday I had the pleasure to see Kung Fu Panda at the movies, and I thought I’d share some of the thoughts I have about it. First off, this is the newest Dreamworks Animation movie, featuring the panda Po, who tries to become the greatest Kung Fu warrior of all times. He enters the school of the red panda Master Shifu, who has trained five students of his, for one of them will become the Dragon Warrior, the best fighter in the world, in order to defeat the evil snow leopard Tai Lung.
The animation is stunningly beautiful and the movement of the characters is well done, even if it becomes a bit blurry during high-speed fight scenes. However, the strongest point of the film is not the art, but rather the genius of Jack Black, who lends his voice to the slightly overweight panda Po. His side comments and the way he manages to accurately portray the difficulty Po has in the beginning of his training, make this movie so much fun to watch. The story on its own is nothing special and some of the training sessions and fight scenes even reminded me of several Kung Fu flicks I saw as a child. Jack Black is however not the only famous actor on the cast, others being Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and many more.
Once again Dreamworks managed to unite families in front of the screen, as the humor has enough room to entertain both children and their parents alike. It will probably not beat Pixar’s highly acclaimed WALL-E at the box-office, but then again that is not the point. I can only recommend it, so have fun and remember: “Everybody was Kung Fu fighting…”