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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Released:  Friday, June 6, 2008  
Length:  91 minutes
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Genre: Family, Comedy
Rating: Kung Fu Panda is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may not be suitable for children.

Kung Fu Panda Synopsis

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Po the panda (Jack Black) works in his family's noodle shop and dreams of becoming a kung-fu master. His dream becomes a reality when, unexpectedly, he must fulfill an ancient prophecy and study the skills with his idols, the Furious Five. Po needs all the wisdom, strength and ability he can muster to protect his people from an evil snow leopard.

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Zoo Atlanta and Dreamworks Animation Announce Panda Cub's New Name  2/16/2011 2:20 PM EST
ATLANTA - February, 2011 ? Officials at Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) have issued a joint announcement that the only giant panda cub born in the U.S. in 2010 has a name: Po. The name is a tribute to the lead character, Po the panda, in the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film, Kung Fu Panda 2, which will be distributed by Paramount Pictures starting on May 26, 2011.The...  More>>

Kung Fu Panda 1 / Kung Fu Panda 2 Ultimate Edition of Awesomeness DVD Review

Kung Fu Panda 1 / Kung Fu Panda 2 Ultimate Edition of Awesomeness DVD Review
Pandas may look all cute and cuddly, especially when they are frolicking in 3 feet of snow, but they can also be vicious and intense.  However, when you are combining those qualities with DreamWorks Animation, you know instinctively that you are in for much more of the former.   In anticipation of the theatrical release of Kung Fu Panda 3, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has put out new Blu-rays and DVDs of Kung Fu Panda 1 and Kung Fu Panda 2 entitled Ultimate Edition of Awesomeness.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Po (Jack Black; School of Rock) is a simple, clumsy Panda who works in his father's (James Hong; Mulan) noodle restaurant and dreams of becoming a kung Fu master.  When it is discovered he is the Dragon Warrior, he must train with the great warriors to defend his village against a great threat.  As a bumbling, uncoordinated, very large being, Po is constantly embarrassing and disappointing his Master, Shifu (Dustin Hoffman; Tootsie) and fellow warriors.  They question the validity of his new found status until he proves them, and himself, worthy of the title.

With a fantastic cast and terrific animation, Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 are fun and enjoyable and an entertaining movie for everyone.  Black is great as the loveable, insecure Po and Hoffman and Hong bring a wise sentiment to their characters that helps set the tone of the films.  Along with Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) as Tigress, Lucy Lu (Charlie's Angels) as Viper, David Cross (Arrested Development) as Crane and Jackie Chan (Rush Hour) as Monkey, they infuse these cartoon characters with human qualities that make the movie relatable.

The DVD's come with their original extras from the first release, which includes audio commentary and a look at the cast.   Kung Fu Panda 1 also has features on Sound Design, Mr. Ping's Noodle House, and a tutorial on how to use chopsticks.  Kung Fu Panda 2 includes deleted scenes with a short explanation from Director Jennifer Yu Nelson (Spawn).

Both DVD sets include a second disc with several previously unreleased animated shorts and special features. Secrets of the Scroll, Secrets of the Masters and Secrets of the Furious Five are all animated retrospectives giving the audience some backstory behind the characters and their stories of becoming warriors.  They are almost as enjoyable as the original movies and younger audiences are sure to love them.  The disc also has a sneak peak of Kung Fu Panda 3, a music video and two mash ups; one of Po's blunders and one of slow-motion sequences from both movies.   The latter are merely fluff and aren't nearly as interesting as the other segments of the disc.  Sadly, Twentieth Century Fox decided to include the same disc in both DVDs, so you end up with a repeat if you purchase both movies.  They would have been better off bundling the movies and the added features disc together as one special edition set, but maybe they plan to save that for when they release Kung Fu Panda 3 on home video.

As a whole, the films are great - family entertainment with loveable characters and some cool "action" sequences.  The little ones will want to watch them over and over again, especially if any of them are enrolled in Martial Arts classes like so many young people nowadays.

Kung Fu Panda 1 and Kung Fu Panda 2 Ultimate Edition of Awesomeness are available for purchase from

Grade:  B


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