Kung Fu Panda (2008)

04 July 2008

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"Kung Fu Panda" features Jack Black as Po the Panda, a lowly waiter in a noodle restaurant, who is a kung fu fanatic but whose shape doesn't exactly lend itself to kung fu fighting.
In fact, Po's defining characteristic appears to be that he is the laziest of all the animals in ancient China. That's a problem because powerful enemies are at the gates, and all Hopes have been pinned on a prophesy naming Po as the "Chosen One" to save the day.

A group of martial arts masters are going to need a black belt in patience if they are going to turn this slacker panda into a kung fu fighter before it's too late.

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"CGI just gets better and better!"

I don't recall any animation film that undertakes such intense fight sequences. I love CG-Animation, but I am not your typical action film fan, so I was slightly apprehensive about this genre. The fight sequences no doubt are impressive - with a matrix style - every young boy will bouncing off the walls after this animated feature. I was truly excited to see po suceed after the 'dumpling' scene.

The film has a great atmosphere, combined with the rich colours and embossed Chinese detail. The essence of ambition flooded every scene with Po. Jack Black's vocals are perfect for the lovable character which oozes sympathy, humour and strong chrisma. The changing colour tone works perfectly, especially the first engaging scene with Tai Lung in prison.

Po is a character that all ages will relate too. I was in stitches over 'wosshy finger hold' and frightened by the power and strength of Tai Lung. In the beginning Po is clearly not too good at Kung Fu but I was excited to see Master train Po and experience how he becomes the true Dragon Warrior! In the words of Master, 'You Must Believe'! No doubt, 10 minutes into this film everyone will be rooting for Po and impressed by the effects and escapism this animation will bring to all.

 

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