Kung Fu Panda

 

Kung Fu Panda is an animated film about a panda who learns martial arts and then uses this new ability to fight his enemies. Kung Fu Panda is being directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne and produced by Melissa Cobb. The idea for the film was conceived by Michael Lachance, a DreamWorks Animation executive. The film premiered at the 61st Cannes Film Festival. The film is due for US release on June 6 and UK release on 4 July 2008. It will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The film stars the voices of, among others, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and Ian McShane.

This film has been rated PG by the MPAA for sequences of martial arts action. The film was also rated PG by the BBFC.

The movie opens up with the main character Po (Jack Black), a giant panda having a kung fu themed dream. The dream concludes with the outlines of the five masters bowing to him just as his father, a crane yells for him to come to work. Po falls down the several flights of stairs from his room to the kitchen of a noodle shop run by his father, who inherited it from his father, who won it from a pig in a game of rummy. It is then he hears that today is the day that the dragon warrior will be chosen to defeat the evil snow leopard. Po is commically and “accidentally” chosen by the grand master as the one who is to be the dragon warrior.

Cast

Actor Role Animal
Jack Black Po Giant Panda
Jackie Chan Master Monkey Monkey
Dustin Hoffman Shifu Red Panda
Angelina Jolie Master Tigress South China Tiger
Lucy Liu Master Viper Viper
Seth Rogen Master Mantis Praying Mantis
David Cross Master Crane Japanese Crane
Ian McShane Tai Lung Snow Leopard
Michael Clarke Duncan Commander Vachir Javan Rhinoceros
James Hong Mr. Ping Goose
Dan Fogler Zeng Palace Goose
Randall Duk Kim Oogway Tortoise

Two additional voices were provided by winners of a Nickelodeon competition

 

 

~ by darkdestroyer on June 1, 2008.

10 Responses to “Kung Fu Panda”

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