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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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Jonathan Aibel (screenplay), Glenn Berger (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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Taglines:

Prepare for awesomeness. See more »


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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

(At around nineteen minutes) The scene where Po enters the Jade palace, and he is amazed by all the relics, is based on one of the directors' first experience entering the Skywalker Ranch of George Lucas, the place where all the props from the Star Wars movies can be found. See more »

Goofs

(at around 36 mins) When Master Shifu throws two clay discs into the air for Master Tigress to demonstrate the proper use of a split kick, you can see more on the ground. The aerial view is missing the other discs. 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

The DreamWorks logo is formed by a Chinese fisher-fox running across the screen, then making several ninja leaps in the air, finally landing on the moon, and pulling up the title; all done in Chinese-styled animation. 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

Featured in AniMat's Reviews: Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) 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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A True Warrior Never Quits
18 March 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In China, the big, fat and clumsy Panda Po is a great fan of martial arts and worships The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey – and their Master Shifu. He works in the restaurant of his father specialized in noodles, but he dreams on being a kung fu hero. When Master Oogway summons the population to announce who would be The Dragon Warrior, he surprisingly points out to the slacker Po, frustrating the expectations of Master Shifu and Tigress. Po joins the academy of Master Shifu that does not believe that Po might be The Dragon Warrior. Meanwhile the evil Tai Lung breaks out the high-security prison where he has been arrested for twenty years and heads to the temple of Oogway, expecting to get the Dragon Scroll and becomes more powerful. The Furious Five tries to intercept Tai Lung, but they are defeated. Now the only chance to stop Tai Lung is the glutton Po.

"Kung Fu Panda" is a very funny and entertaining animation, with the delightful story of a clumsy Panda that dreams on being a hero. The computer-animated heroes and villain are hilarious, supported by the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angeline Jolie and other magnificent actors and actresses. Po is tailored for Jack Black and I can not imagine this character without his voice. Dustin Hoffman also makes the difference with the voice of the wise Master Shifu. I just regret that I did not pay much attention to this animation before and only now I have watched it. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Kung Fu Panda"


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