MOVIE: Kung Fu Panda (2008)

kungfupandaSorry the blog has been radio-silent for the last week or so — I went out of town for several days of sunshine, warmth, and adorableness (my 1 year-old niece and 3 year-old nephew and 35 year-old twin sister and 29 year-old mother (hi, Mom!)), and neglected to alert you all to the fact I’d be out of commission for a bit.  Sorry about that!  I had lofty plans to get a lot of reviews written while I was out of town, but at the last minute had to leave my laptop at home (I’m nursing an injured shoulder and it was just too heavy!).  Such is life when you are a blogger with lots of broken body parts.

In any case, I’m making it up to you by telling you to go rent Kung Fu Panda this weekend.  Because it’s HILARIOUS.  And extremely entertaining and fun.  All that AND it stars a big fat panda who does kung fu — voiced by Jack Black!  Things just don’t get much better!

The story is about an evil snow leopard warrior named Tai Lung (the awesome Ian McShane, who is an upcoming Boyfriend of the Week, incidentally) who has just escaped from prison and is on his way to destroy the Valley of Peace.  To protect the Valley, Kung Fu Master Oogway decides it is time to hold the ceremony that selects the Dragon Warrior, a kung fu sooooper genius who, it is believed, will be the only one capable of defeating Tai Lung.

Meanwhile, there’s this big fat panda named Po who works with his dad in a noodle restaurant and spends his days dreaming of being a kung fu warrior himself.  When Po hears Master Oogway is going to hold the Dragon Warrior selection ceremony, he races out of the restaurant to go watch — and soon finds himself sort of accidentally selected!  Even though he doesn’t know any real kung fu!

The rest of the famous Furious Five (kung fu warriors), Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogan), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Crane (David Cross), are not too impressed with Po but ultimately decide the best way to get rid of him is to try to train him and let him fail.

But, of course, that completely backfires, due to Po’s AWESOMENESS. Something for which he does not charge.


My brother told me his five year-old son was laughing so hard at this movie that he was crying and that, therefore, I needed to watch it immediately.  Since I find many of the same things hilarious that the five year-old does (which either means I’m really childish or he’s very precocious — or some combination of both), I thought that was a pretty decent recommendation.

I now pass the same recommendation along to you.  Do with this information what you will.  As long as what you will is to rent and watch Kung Fu Panda as soon as possible.

[Netflix me | Buy me]

Genre: Animation, Kids
Cast:  Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, David Cross

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6 Responses to “MOVIE: Kung Fu Panda (2008)”

  1. Lizzie Says:

    Doesn’t Dustin Hoffman voice “Master Oogway?” (I’ve always loved Dustin Hoffman.) Haven’t seen the movie, but saw an interview, and a review about it. It is supposed to be very good. I suppose I really should see some of these animated thingies.

  2. megwood Says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Dustin — he’s not Oogway, though, he’s Shifu (Oogway’s protege who does the training of the master kung fu geniuses now and also trained Tai Lung).

  3. jo Says:

    I loved this movie! It was a special pleasure because I really was not expecting to like it at all, but felt obligated to take the kiddos. And I think husband and I ended up liking it even more than they did.

  4. Lindsey Says:

    Oh, I loved that movie — which was a total surprise to me, because I remembered thinking the trailer cringe-worthy.

    One of my favorite memories from working in a movie theater last summer was during a screening of Kung Fu Panda. You know the bit where Po has the epic crash and burn after the fireworks are lit? There’s the requisite moment of silence, into which a small child could be heard fervently say “Awesome!” The entire theater cracked up. 🙂

  5. megwood Says:

    Lindsey, I LOVE your KFP story! Awesome, indeed.

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