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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.

Director:

Christopher Cain

Writers:

John Wilcox (story), Steven Alldredge (story) | 2 more credits »
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3 nominations. See more awards »

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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,413,107, 27 August 1995

Gross USA:

$7,506,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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 »

Goofs

When Ryan runs out of the river naked, you can see him bend down to pick up his pants, and just barely you can see that he's wearing blue boxer shorts instead of nothing. See more »

Quotes

Ryan Tyler: [panda cub makes gentle murmuring sounds] Hey, we got to come up with a name for you.
Ling: It's an old custom in China, when a baby's born, his family brings him under the stars, and give him a name. That way, evil spirits will know he's from heaven. What name do you like?
Ryan Tyler: I got a friend at home, his name's Johnny; sort of short and fat. We'll call him Johnny.
Ling: [Ling's face brightens up] 'Johnny': in Chinese, it means "the best in the forest".
Ryan Tyler: I doubt my friend's the best in the forest, *best in the ...
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Pretty bad
25 October 2002 | by WinterbourneSee all my reviews

I watched this movie with friends and we laughed the whole way through. This would be fine, if the movie was a comedy, but instead its a bland and ultimately forgettable childrens flick. You can tell that RYAN only got the part because he was Christian Slaters brother, as he hams up the screen throughout its entirety. LING is certainly no better, her fake asian accent is pathetic, as is her acting ability. I realize they are only kids but there have been good child actors before, and these two aren't up to scratch. The real star of the show is the panda, it shows character throughout, especially in the scene when it attacks Ryan on the bridge. This of course excludes the scenes in which it is played by a robot, did the director actually think that thing looked like a real panda? Overall this film is bad, but watchable Family material. The kids will probably love it, but there are better films around. Rehire E.T., the Goonies, or even Toy story, these films are more sincere and watchable then this movie, and will actually be remembered in time to come.


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