In DreamWorks Animation’s latest (2008) DVD, Kung Fu Panda, we are offered a kung fu film like no other. Kung Fu Panda is the story about a panda named Po (voiced by Jack Black) who dreams about being a brave martial artist like the furious five, the greatest in the world.
Unfortunately, he is stuck cooking noodles with his father. When he finds out that they are going to pick the dragon warrior, to fight off the infamous Tai Long, who has just escaped from prison, he cannot resist going to see who will be chosen. To everyone’s surprise, he accidentally gets picked after falling into the judging ceremony. This is great, because Po will finally be able to live his dream and fight side by side with the furious five.
The only problem is Po is a slow moving 300 pound Panda and not a fast witted fighting machine with great reflexes. As his training to become the dragon warrior begins, so does a series of slapstick events and of laugh out loud moments.
Kung Fu Panda is probably the best DreamWorks animated movie since Shrek. It features great actors, a great story, and probably some of the best kung fu scenes I have seen lately.
One of the things that I found really funny in this DVD was how much Jack Black’s acting came through in the animation, there were even a few times where really felt like I was looking at Jack Black in a really good bear costume. Besides Jack Black, the film includes many great actors such as Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and the man himself, Jackie Chan.
Comedy fans might recognize comic David Cross as Crane.
If you are looking for a great family film, or just a good comedy for that matter, be sure to check out Kung Fu Panda. I recommend it.