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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  6 June 2008 (USA)
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In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Po (voice)
Shifu (voice)
Tigress (voice)
Tai Lung (voice)
Monkey (voice)
Mantis (voice)
Viper (voice)
Crane (voice)
Oogway (voice)
Mr. Ping (voice)
Zeng (voice)
Gang Boss (voice)
KG Shaw (voice)
JR Shaw (voice)


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. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of martial arts action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Panda: The IMAX Experience  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,239,130 (USA) (6 June 2008)


$215,395,021 (USA) (3 October 2008)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shifu's Chinese name, as shown in the end credits, means "Teacher-Master" ("Shi-fu" in Pinyin transliteration). Shifu is a red panda, but with a lot more white fur than red. See more »


(at around 58 mins) Before Po catches the last dumpling, he jumps over and behind Shifu. In the following close shot, we see Shifu looking straight up as if Po was still right above him. Moreover in this close shot, Po's shadow passes over Shifu. This is inconsistent too, as Po's shadow clearly points away from Shifu in the next shot. As Po was already behind Shifu, so was his shadow. See more »


[first lines]
Po: Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, all the key characters (with their voice-actors' names) are seen interacting with the panda training doll. Afterwards, a montage appears, of pictures showing the main characters after the film's events. See more »


Referenced in Mad: POblivion/Umbrellamentary (2013) See more »


Kung Fu Fighting
Written by Carl Douglas
Performed by CeeLo Green (as Cee-Lo Green) and Jack Black
Produced by The Underdogs
Vocals produced by CeeLo Green (as Cee-Lo Green)
Cee-Lo Green appears courtesy of Radiculture Records/Downtown Recordings/Atlantic Recording Corp.
Jack Black appears courtesy of Epic Records
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User Reviews

Wasn't Expecting much - Got a very good movie
4 June 2008 | by (Noblesville, IN) – See all my reviews

I was almost dreading seeing this movie - we won tickets to the screener and from the first scene I found myself laughing out loud. The movie is so much better than I thought it would be (and that was bad) - I expected the comedy to be slapstick/junior/potty but it wasn't. The story was also good enough to keep my kids focused glued to the screen. The animation is wonderful. Music is tasteful. I can't imagine anyone but Jack Black pulling off the voice though - he definitely made the movie for me. The only thing distracted me was that most of the movie I spent trying to figure out who was doing the voice of Tai Lung (Ian McShane). As mentioned previously in the forums about the pop culture references in this movie - I don't remember one - very nice indeed - it works with some of the other movies but I can do without. This is the first movie in a while I'd like to see again.

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