Even the music and sound is outstanding. There are no inside jokes related to the voice actors. 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 how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? This is the first movie in a while I'd like to see again. Shifu must find a way to train him. This movie has oodles of it. 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.
Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five — Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed. . Asian drums rumble in the background of intense fights. All the classic elements of those great kung fu flicks are there, while still keeping it pleasantly G-rated. My wife and I enjoyed it so much that we saw it again the night after.
Synopsis It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around. Best line: Oogway regarding yesterday, tomorrow and today. Also, the story was pretty clear and easy to follow because the storytelling was well crafted, and the animation was paired well with characters brought vividly to life by some of the most famous names in Hollywood. This is just in time as the villain Tai Lung Ian McShane , a snow leopard has returned as he believe is the true Dragon Warrior. This was certainly a flawed character, one that a lot of people can relate to because he dreams, he's funny, and he can laugh at himself. Snap zooms, slow-motion, and flying cameras are also used with great skill to further the experience. As the Dragon Master, Po has endured his fair share of epic challenges but nothing could prepare him for his greatest one yet-as a Kung Fu teacher to a group of rambunctious kids from Panda Village who have been imbued with a mysterious and powerful chi energy.
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. We were totally laughing, smiling, and guffawing at Po, the main protagonist voiced by Jack Black and his misadventures at becoming a Kung Fu expert. The only thing distracted me was that most of the movie I spent trying to figure out who was doing the voice of Tai Lung Ian McShane. One hilarious moment after another continues until Shifu recognizes Po's true driving force. This is Jack Black's movie. As mentioned previously in the forums about the pop culture references in this movie - I don't remember one - very nice indeed - it works with some of the other movies but I can do without.
And the meaning behind the story may be even better! Jack Black is not only half of the greatest band in the world, he is also a fine voice actor. The last great part of this movie is often the most overlooked part of a good family film. Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman are downright excellent as the main characters, and Ian McShane as the bad dude gave it the right fearful presence. Certainly this is marketed for the kids but the whole family will enjoy it. I can not recommend this movie enough.
The story was great and the background was beautiful, it really felt like an ancient Chinese city. In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts. I took my wife and nephew and niece to see it on a Friday night and they enjoyed it, too! The story is about Po, an overweight panda who is the son of a noodle maker, who dreams of Po following in his footsteps. Speaking of animation, the cinematography, character design and backgrounds are all done very, very well. Besides Po, Shifu and Oogway, the rest of the cast seemed pretty 'phoned-in'.
Thankfully, those characters are pretty inconsequential so they're not really missed. Together they embark on amazing adventures, battle ferocious villains, and become legends. Po is as you know is a panda bear and the film's unlikely hero: as the bigger than life and completely lovable bear voiced by the comic genius Jack Black. He has 75% of the lines in the script and that is not a bad thing. I can't imagine anyone but Jack Black pulling off the voice though - he definitely made the movie for me. I think it's one of those rare movies like The Incredibles and Finding Nemo that adults can enjoy as much as the kids. Let me get this out of the way: this movie has some of the greatest 3D animated fight scenes.
Whether it's flying through the air alongside a leaping character, the painting-like backgrounds, or the wonderful opening sequence reminiscent of Samurai Jack , they're all beautiful. What helps make this a new classic in my eyes is what it doesn't have. Don't just drop the kids off to see Kung Fu Panda. I was almost dreading seeing this movie - we won tickets to the screener and from the first scene I found myself laughing out loud. Po is lazy, irreverent slacker panda, but he must somehow become a Kung Fu Master in order to save the Valley of Peace from a villainous snow leopard, Tai Lung. His flawed character, Po the Panda is very refreshing.