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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

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The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance. However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a novice in martial arts.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Black ... Po (voice)
Dustin Hoffman ... Shifu (voice)
Angelina Jolie ... Tigress (voice)
Ian McShane ... Tai Lung (voice)
Jackie Chan ... Monkey (voice)
Seth Rogen ... Mantis (voice)
Lucy Liu ... Viper (voice)
David Cross ... Crane (voice)
Randall Duk Kim ... Oogway (voice)
James Hong ... Mr. Ping (voice)
Dan Fogler ... Zeng (voice)
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Commander Vachir (voice)
Wayne Knight ... Gang Boss (voice)
Kyle Gass ... KG Shaw (voice)
JR Reed ... JR Shaw (voice)
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Storyline

It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around...which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart - and his girth - into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of martial arts action | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Panda: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,239,130, 8 June 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$215,434,591, 9 October 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$631,744,560
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Sound Mix:

Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Kung Fu and Wuxia convention, where attacks on the correct nerve and Chi points can cause paralysis and other effects, is adopted, although it is not explained in the movie, and the jade figurine topped sticks on the shell worn on the imprisoned Tai Lung are positioned at the traditional Chi energy points of the body. The sticks are intended to keep the villain from accessing the power from those points, which is why he was first concerned about removing them before attempting to break his chains. See more »

Goofs

(at around 3 mins) When Po wakes up in the beginning of the movie a throwing star falls down and lands on the floor. Later when he tries to throw it back up on the wall you see the original throwing star is still in the wall. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Po: Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, all the key characters (with their voice-actors' names) are seen interacting with the panda training doll. Afterwards, a montage appears, of pictures showing the main characters after the film's events. See more »

Alternate Versions

While originally only a 2D release during its 2008 theatrical run, Dreamworks Animation later produced a 3D version. This version was released on Blu-ray in 2011 to coincide with the home video release of Kung Fu Panda 2. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Steve Carell/Usher (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Kung Fu Fighting
Written by Carl Douglas
Performed by CeeLo Green (as Cee-Lo Green) and Jack Black
Produced by Harvey Mason Jr. of The Underdogs
Vocals produced by CeeLo Green (as Cee-Lo Green)
Cee-Lo Green appears courtesy of Radiculture Records/Downtown Recordings/Atlantic Recording Corp.
Jack Black appears courtesy of Epic Records
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Jack Black is the Greatest Panda in the World!
4 June 2008 | by yellocarSee all my reviews

Caught a screening of "The Panda" and all I can say is wow! I took my 6 year old daughter, who has the attention span of a 6 year old, and she wants to see it again. So do I!

Jack Black is not only half of the greatest band in the world, he is also a fine voice actor. His flawed character, Po the Panda is very refreshing. So is this film. After having to sit through the boring "Over the Hedge" and the last two "Shrek" messes, I really appreciated an animated feature form Dreamworks that didn't have too many celeb voices all competing for screen time. This is Jack Black's movie. He has 75% of the lines in the script and that is not a bad thing.

Don't just drop the kids off to see Kung Fu Panda. Go with them. I think it's one of those rare movies like The Incredibles and Finding Nemo that adults can enjoy as much as the kids.


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