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The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995)

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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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Christopher Cain

Writers:

John Wilcox (story), Steven Alldredge (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Lang ... Michael Tyler
Ryan Slater ... Ryan Tyler
Yi Ding ... Ling
Wang Fei Wang Fei ... Chu
Zhou Jian Zhong Zhou Jian Zhong ... Po
Yao Er Ga Yao Er Ga ... Shong
O Mi Jia Can O Mi Jia Can ... Village Elder
Cheu Gang Cheu Gang ... Chang
He Yu He Yu ... Lei
Yeh Hui Yeh Hui ... Official #1
Shou Wei Shou Wei ... Worker
Isabella Hofmann ... Beth (as Isabella Hoffman)
Brian Wagner Brian Wagner ... Johnny
Joanne Dorian Joanne Dorian ... Teacher
Doug Abrahams ... Ticket Agent
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Panda See more »

Filming Locations:

Chengdu, China See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,506,759
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Adventure, but not adventure that makes sense
18 September 2014 | by roedygSee all my reviews

The boy-hero is a brat. He is American and imagines this entitles him to royal treatment. He is somewhat contemptuous of anything different. He sees the words only through his own eyes, only through his desires. He is selfish.

His father is a work-aholic Panda researcher who repeatedly forgets that his son exists.

The mother is an airhead.

The movie is filmed in China, in places far more beautiful that you would have imagine existed, turquoise lakes, mist-shrouded mountains, gorges. The differentness of China in every respect is just so juicy including the livestock.

I have no idea how they pulled of the special effects without killing someone, falling from creaking wooden bridges, falling over cliffs, being swept downstream in torrents, riding a runaway horse cart... They never let you get your breath before some other calamity overtook our heroes.

Most of the dialogue is in Chinese without subtitles, though sometimes the young female translator gives you a bowdlerised version. You get sense of what they are saying from the tone of voice.

Much of the fun comes from the dialogue between the translator and Ryan. They have such different world views, they are constantly misunderstanding each other. He talks about "bull" and she assumed he had switched the topic to livestock.

Certain things did not make sense. How could a weaning baby panda stay alive for many days without any food? How could Ryan Slater manage to carry the bear mile upon mile. It was half as big as he was. Surely he would have to rest every 10 feet or so especially when climbing. Maybe it was just a stuffed toy. What are the odds a watch battery would be the same as one needed for a tracking collar? What are the odds you could remove a watch battery without tools?


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