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The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995)

A young American boy visiting in China helps his zoologist father rescue a panda cub from unscrupulous poachers while his panda reserve is threatened with closure from officious bureaucrats.

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Ryan Slater ...
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Wang Fei ...
Chu
Zhou Jian Zhong ...
Po
Yao Er Ga ...
Shong
O Mi Jia Can ...
Village Elder
Cheu Gang ...
Chang
He Yu ...
Lei
Yeh Hui ...
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Shou Wei ...
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Beth (as Isabella Hoffman)
Brian Wagner ...
Johnny
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Young American Ryan Tyler visits his zoologist father on a panda preserve in China while on summer vacation and gets involved in the rescue of a baby panda from unscrupulous poachers who want to murder the cub's mother and sell the baby to a zoo. Ling, a young Chinese girl, and her grandfather help in the rescue which, if successful, will ultimately result in saving the reserve from being shut down by officious bureaucrats. Written by duke1029

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In the sweeping highlands of China, a boy begins a magical journey to save the life of a natural wonder.


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Rated PG for adventure action and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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25 August 1995 (USA)  »

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$7,506,759
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This film was shot in China. See more »

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After coming out of the river, Ryan's hair and pants are wet, but his jeans jacket is dry. See more »

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Ling: [Ling finishes telling Ryan the folklore about the black marks on pandas and four sister mountains who look over them]
Ryan Tyler: It's a bunch of bull.
Ling: It's not a story about bull, it's a story about panda.
Ryan Tyler: No, what I mean is, it's not true.
Ling: My grandfather doesn't lie!
Ryan Tyler: Well, if the 4 sisters are real, how come the panda bears are going extinct?
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'Panda Adventure' cute and delightful.
2 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

My Take: Harmless yet decent family entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less.

Think MY DOG SKIP with a panda. Here, the little boy happens to be the son of zoologist with a devotion to a Chinese Panda reserve. What if the boy and his friend, daughter of his father's right hand man, happens to rescue a cute little Panda cub from two Chinese stereotype poachers? This is exactly what THE AMAZING PANDA ADVENTURE is about, and it does nothing else. While it isn't a great effort, and surely not above others of its craft, THE AMAZING PANDA ADVENTURE is entertaining, and basically perfect for an evening matinée with the kids.

Newcomer Ryan Slater plays the little kid visiting his zoologist father (Stephen Lang) in a Panda reserve, on the verge of being savaged by officious bureaucrats. He also gets his hands tangled with a plot to save a small Panda cub from the hands of two bumbling poachers, who happen to be Chinese for a change, no less. The movie has very little happening then on, except for mild peril and adventure. Trekking through forests and villages, dodging poachers until reaching into its finale, THE AMAZING PANDA ADVENTURE isn't exactly an exciting or terrific adventure, but for harmless family viewing, it isn't a bad shot at trying. The panda, by the way, is a convincing and cute alternating use of a real cub and a realistic animatronic puppet. The settings are also lush and captures the feel of the moments situations.

Regardless its shortcomings and weaknesses, THE AMAZING PANDA ADVENTURE is nonetheless harmlessly entertaining. Rent it for the kids.

Rating: *** out of 5.


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