Oddly, this caper is far more enjoyable the second time around – the first time of watching, Kung Fu Panda initially feels like a generic, painting-by-numbers, anthropomorphic animation resting on its star-cast laurels.
But, headed up by the manic, inconsistent Jack Black who, in this film at least is hilarious, and as perfect a fit for a role as you’ll ever see, the impressive star power is far from the main attraction. Affectionately parodying many a kung-fu movie before it, the script in Kung Fu Panda is very funny, allowing for subtle spoken as well as the more slapstick, visual laughs. It also looks utterly superb, with beautiful colours and animation.
Meet the Cast
Pushing the Boundaries
DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox
Bee Movie trailer
Shrek The Third trailer
Be a Kung Fu Master: Animals of Kung Fu Panda, What Fighting Style Are You?
Do You Kung Fu?
‘Kung Fu Fighting’ music video by Cee-Lo
Learn the Panda Dance
Po Around the World
Po’s Power Play (DVD ROM): HP Printables, Kung Fu Panda Activision Video Game Demo
Format: Blu-ray version reviewed, also available on DVD