899. Kung Fu Panda

Title: Kung Fu Panda
Director:  Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Year: 2008
Run time: 1hr 32m

“Prepare for awesomeness with this delightful Academy Award-nominated DreamWorks Animation film. Jack Black is the voice of Po, a noodle slurping dreamer who must embrace his true self – fuzzy flaws and all – in order to become the real Dragon Warrior. Filled with high-kicking humour, groundbreaking animation, and an all-star cast including Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan and Dustin Hoffman.”

Live blog

1:32 – “There is no charge for awesomeness.”
4:19 – How is the panda the goose’s son?
7:21 – “One often meets one’s destiny on the road one takes to avoid it.” Like that one.
9:55 – That is a fudge lot of stairs. Gotta be one good temple.
15:55 – The celebrations are always so colourful and vibrant.
18:08 – Who is paying for this massive and over-the-top prison just for one prisoner?
20:16 – “I’ve only seen paintings of that painting!”
25:13 – The panda is so cute!
26:20 – “There is now a level zero.”
30:50 – “Noodles Don’t noodles.” There is no noodles?
39:12 – Really like their minimalist rooms. So little clutter.
40:53 – This origin story bit is so Star Wars. Boy brought up as your own, wants too much power, goes rogue.
46:46 – Universe juice.
55:30 – A good teacher knows how to get the best out of their students, I guess!
57:06 – Dumpling rage.
1:03:17 – “They’re five masters, I’m just one me.”
1:15:07 – Unorthodox but effective.
1:17:50 – “There is no secret ingredient. It’s just you.”

Conclusions

So, the biggest question is, why have I not watched this before? It’s a great big fluffy adorable panda for goodness’ sake?

But, righting that wrong now, thank goodness the film stands up to the cute main character. Good story, great cast, fab animation, lots of fun jokes and of course, lots of great wisdom to take away. It did feel a bit like Star Wars goes to China but I loved it.

Rating: 5/5.