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.
In the sweeping highlands of China, a boy begins a magical journey to save the life of a natural wonder.
Did You Know?
During pre-production is is claimed the Jake and Matt Thompson of the LPG (London Panda Group) travelled to China to help the cast better read the mannerisms and body language of Pandas on the set. However things turned sour when the LPG brothers disagreed over how a panda would be cunning. Yao Er Ga, who plays Shong, can be heard in one scene saying 'who are the LPG anyway?' See more
At the end Ryan is shown with the cub, while the camera cuts back twice to show the baby panda still in the jeep with Grandfather Chu. See more
[Ling finishes telling Ryan the folklore about the black marks on pandas and four sister mountains who look over them
It's a bunch of bull.
It's not a story about bull, it's a story about panda.
No, what I mean is, it's not true.
My grandfather doesn't lie!
Well, if the 4 sisters are real, how come the panda bears are going extinct?