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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

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The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance. However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a novice in martial arts.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Black ... Po (voice)
Dustin Hoffman ... Shifu (voice)
Angelina Jolie ... Tigress (voice)
Ian McShane ... Tai Lung (voice)
Jackie Chan ... Monkey (voice)
Seth Rogen ... Mantis (voice)
Lucy Liu ... Viper (voice)
David Cross ... Crane (voice)
Randall Duk Kim ... Oogway (voice)
James Hong ... Mr. Ping (voice)
Dan Fogler ... Zeng (voice)
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Commander Vachir (voice)
Wayne Knight ... Gang Boss (voice)
Kyle Gass ... KG Shaw (voice)
JR Reed ... JR Shaw (voice)
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Storyline

It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around...which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart - and his girth - into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Summertime is Pandatime. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of martial arts action | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Panda: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,239,130, 8 June 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$215,434,591, 9 October 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$631,744,560
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Sound Mix:

Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The main enemy in Po's dream (at the beginning) turned out to be Kai, the main villain in Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), and the wolves turned out to be the Wolf Army from Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011). See more »

Goofs

Oogway says: Look at this tree, Shifu. I cannot make it blossom when it suits me, nor make it bear fruit before its time. However, the peach tree is both blossoming AND bearing fruit which is impossible for a peach tree. They blossom first and much later in the season bear fruit. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Po: Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend.
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Crazy Credits

After all credits roll, Po and Shifu are seen sharing a meal while the peach seed Oogway planted earlier is shown to have sprouted. See more »

Alternate Versions

While originally only a 2D release during its 2008 theatrical run, Dreamworks Animation later produced a 3D version. This version was released on Blu-ray in 2011 to coincide with the home video release of Kung Fu Panda 2. See more »


Soundtracks

Masterami Kung-Fu
Lyrics by Ilya Lagutenko
Performed by Ilya Lagutenko
[In Russian release, instead of "Kung Fu Fighting"]
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One of the five best CGI animated films ever!
27 May 2008 | by pvd007See all my reviews

After the disappointing SHREK 3 and the only "cute" OVER THE HEDGE, DreamWorks Animation finally delivers another highlight to the CGI animated universe.

I got used to the rather simple story of MADAGASCAR after watching it again, I really liked SHREK and even more SHREK 2 (am I the only one?). I never liked the cultural references they built in, because I think they only work in their time (but in their time they worked great!). So for me KUNG FU PANDA is the first great "classic" DWA film. Go see it, it also works for adults. If you have seen some of the classic martial arts film (Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee etc) you will even more enjoy it. The voice talent of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane is perfectly used. The other voices are OK.

It will be a big hit for DWA, north of 200 millions domestic, eventually even 300 mil.

That said, my favorite CGI's are 1. THE INCREDIBLES, 2. RATATOUILLE and 3. FINDING NEMO and closely followed by KUNG FU PANDA. Looking forward to seeing KFP an second time and then maybe it will become my new Nr. 3.


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