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.
25 August 1995 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $2,413,107,
27 August 1995
Gross USA: $7,506,759
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $7,506,759
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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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
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
[panda cub makes gentle murmuring sounds
Hey, we got to come up with a name for you.
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?
I got a friend at home, his name's Johnny; sort of short and fat. We'll call him Johnny.
[Ling's face brightens up
'Johnny': in Chinese, it means "the best in the forest".
I doubt my friend's the best in the forest, *best in the ...
References Raiders of the Lost Ark