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Light and goofy, yet the fight scenes, which are the heart of the film, are lickety-split mad fun.
The Hollywood Reporter
The stroke of genius is, of course, the film's hero -- the big, lovable bear that is the Chinese panda.
Chicago Tribune
Everything about Kung Fu Panda is a little better, a little sharper, a little funnier than the animated run of the mill.
Charlotte Observer
The voice cast includes Angelina Jolie as a tigress, omnipresent Seth Rogen as an acupuncturist who's a praying mantis, David Cross as a nasal crane and Lucy Liu as a cheerful viper.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probably the best movie so far this year about a kung-fu fighting panda.
Thanks to a witty script and the recognizably goofy but absolutely earnest delivery of Black, Kung Fu Panda has a human soul, too.
Not one of the great recent animated films. The story is way too predictable, and truth to tell, Po himself didn't overwhelm me with his charisma. But it's elegantly drawn, the action sequences are packed with energy, and it's short enough that older viewers will be forgiving.
The action, heavily influenced by Hong Kong martial arts films, is beautifully choreographed.
The essence of the film is slapsticky, chopsocky action, rendered with great verve and accompanied by bromides having to do with the need to believe.
This is an unashamedly old-fashioned children's movie, and a predictable message is part of the mission. But that's okay; what the movie lacks in surprises, it makes up for in whimsical fun.
Though the film's simple story is squarely aimed at tots, DreamWorks' digitizers have referenced Eastern visual styles -- everything from delicate Chinese screens to flashy Japanese anime -- to enliven the look of the film.
Though occasionally visually inventive, Kung Fu Panda is a disappointment when it comes to matters of simple black and white: the script.

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