Kung-Fu Panda(the name alone gets you interested) tells the story of a plump, clumsy, panda named Po who dreams of becoming a kung-fu master, but has always been confined to his father's restaurant of noodles. When he is suddenly chosen to be the next Dragon Warrior, Po is not welcomed at first by his master, Shifu, and his five students-the legendary Furious Five-but when the manacing Tylong finally escapes from prison, Shifu realizes that he must train and believe in Po to become a true master of kung-fu.
This is a simple yet effective story that isn't
bogged down by unecessary second plots. The outline
alone is hilarious, but the creative team did an extraordinary job turning it from an idea into an excellent film. Kung-Fu Panda's biggest appeal is the mix of comedy and action, which is becoming more and more common with supposed animated comedies. However, Panda does an astounding job balancing the two out which I haven't seen in a CG-film since the Incredibles. There's plenty of laugh out loud scenes in this film.
Most of that comedy appeal is thanks to the talented Jack Black. His voice not only gives Po character, but you can actually feel Black's presence with Po through the whole movie. His characteristics seem to be directly from Black's own, and the end result is pure gold.
Other voices such as Angelina Jolie and Jackie
Chan seem to be there simply for box office numbers, seeing as how they are not known for thier voices, but Po remains the focus of the movie, furthering my point that thier voices were not really needed, as Jack Black just by himself wouldv'e been enough to shape a perfect film.
The team of John Stevenson and Mark Osborne's direction carries the action scenes through with ease. The finale is beautifully crafted, much like the rest of the film.
Even though I watched this online, I recomend seeing this in theatres. The colorful scenery and Matrix style slo-mo battles will definitely be worth it on the big screen. The CGI is near perfect.
AR's score: 4.5 stars(9/10)