Excerpt: “Kung Fu Panda”. Yep, I said it. I actually sat down and watched a movie titled “Kung Fu Panda.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Over the last dozen years or so, the computer animation movie marked has become inundated and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Excerpt: follows a panda bear named Po (Jack Black) who loves kung fu. That said, he’s lazy and oafish and he spends his days not practicing the martial arts but by toiling away in the noodle shop that his family runs.
Excerpt: Breaking the trend for animated films featuring furry creatures in impossible scenarios, Kung Fu Panda drops the usual array of pop culture references for superb comedic timing and original writing. The jokes are fast, funny, and non-stop, even down to the closing credits.
Excerpt: Dreamworks CG computer animation wing has almost always played second fiddle to the Pixar, both in terms of the level of animation that each studio has produced as well as the level of storytelling and overall films that come out of the studio.
Conclusion: ’Kung Fu Panda’ will not only appeal to both kids and adults, it will win over martial art fans, animation junkies, and anyone who just enjoys a fun family flick with no strings attached. The film’s Blu-ray release is even better.
Excerpt: Set up in 1998 - after Pixar had already released Toy Story to massive critical and commercial success in 1996 - there is a sense that Dreamworks Animation has always been following in the footsteps of Disney�s heralded studio.
Excerpt: Jack Black is always best when he’s asked to play... Jack Black. Fortunately in Kung Fu Panda , that is exactly what he is asked to do. In this DreamWorks animated film about, well, a panda that practices, uh, kung fu, Jack Black is at his Jack Blackiest. It’s the part he was born to play.
Summary: Sticking to a tried-and-true formula (hapless underdog discovers he's the Chosen One) still proves effective when it's done with a snappy pace, eye-popping animation and a cast of game comedic vocal talents headed by Jack Black.