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The Diva's Review of Kung Fu Panda [On DVD 11/9/08]

 

The Diva's review of
Kung Fu Panda / Secret of Furious Five DVD(2008)

 

kung fu panda
Rated; running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes
Genre: Animation/Comedy
Written by: Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
Directed by: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Cast: (voices) Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Seth Rogen, Randall Duk Kim
Theatrical release Date: 06/06/08

DVD release Date:11/09/08
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89% - Fresh
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Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross $215,434,591
International Gross $416,039,880
Worldwide Gross $631,474,471



 

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

In China's Valley of Peace, the animal residents actually live in peace. talking. Po the Panda feels like he is wasting his time by working in his father’s restaurant selling noodle soup. In between serving customers, he dreams of being a martial arts expert. One day hoping to come across Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim), the martial arts teacher who has taught his heros everything they know. What Po doesn’t know is that Master Oogway has had a vision of the dreadful Tia Lung (Ian McShane).

Tia Lung has been held in prison for many years whohc is why they are at peace. But the vision states that he shall escape and hi is very angry. He will destroy the Valley, that much is for certain. Only one can stop him, the Dragon Warrior. Master must figure out who among his star pupils will become the Dragon Warrior - Monkey (Jackie Chan), Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Viper (Lucy Liu), Crane (David Cross), and Mantis (Seth Rogen).

They don’t count on Po who clumsily puts himself in the run and is granted the title. But is he really up to the task? He has no training, but he has the will and a big heart. Is that enough?

The Dish

This movie was hugely entertaining for the kids and adults. First and foremost, Jack Black is a fool. I spent most of my time laughing at his double entendres that went right over the baby’s head. But at times it was written specifically for my younguns. If I had a complaint, it’s that it was too short. But I think they successfully answered that with the Furious Five short that is included. It satisfied my kids appetite.

And they PACKED this DVD with so many extras! It’s still keeping my kids busy!

The DVD

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

Blu-ray BONUS FEATURES:
Disc 1: Kung Fu Panda
Bonus features:
• Filmmakers’ Commentary
• Meet the Cast
• Pushing the Boundaries
• Sound Design
• “Kung Fu Fighting” Music Video by Cee-Lo
• Mr. Ping’s Noodle House
• How To Use Chopsticks
• Conservation International: Help Save Wild Pandas
• Dragon Warrior Training Academy
• Printables & Weblinks
• DreamWorks Animation Video JukeBox Disc 2: Secrets of the Furious Five Bonus features:
• Po’s Power Play
o Learn to Draw: Crane, Monkey, Viper, Po, Mantis & Tigress
o Dumpling Shuffle
o Pandamonium Activity Kit
 Sound Machine
 HP Printables
 Custom Printables
 Kung Fu Panda Activision Game Demo (DVD ROM)
 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Activision Game Demo (DVD ROM)
• Land of the Panda
o Learn the Panda Dance
o Do You Kung Fu?
o Inside the Chinese Zodiac
o Animals of Kung Fu Panda
o What Fighting Style Are You? A Kung Fu Panda single-disc DVD will also be available at most retailers for under $20 in either a widescreen or full screen edition and includes the following special features:
• Filmmakers’ Commentary
• Meet the Cast
• Pushing the Boundaries
• Sound Design
• “Kung Fu Fighting” Music Video by Cee-Lo
• Mr. Ping’s Noodle House
• How To Use Chopsticks
• Conservation International: Help Save Wild Pandas
• Dragon Warrior Training Academy
• Printables & Weblinks
• DreamWorks Animation Video JukeBox

DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA Blu-ray The Kung Fu Panda Blu-ray will be presented in 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 Dolby True HD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. Bonus features include:
• Inside Kung Fu Panda
o Filmmakers’ Commentary
o The Animators’ Corner
o Trivia Track
o Meet the Cast (HD)
o Pushing the Boundaries (HD)
o Conservation International: Help Save Wild Pandas (HD)
• Po’s Power Play
o Dragon Warrior Training Academy
o Dumpling Shuffle
o Learn to Draw (HD)
• The Sounds and Moves of Kung Fu Panda
o Sound Design (HD)
o “Kung Fu Fighting” Music Video by Cee-Lo (HD)
o Learn the Panda Dance (HD)
o Do You Kung Fu? (HD)
DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA Blu-ray (Continued)
• Land of the Panda
o Mr. Ping’s Noodle House
o How to Use Chopsticks (HD)
o Inside the Chinese Zodiac (HD)
o Animals of Kung Fu Panda
o What Fighting Style Are You?
• DreamWorks Animation Video JukeBox (HD)
• Trailers
• BD-Live
o A Day in the Life: A Shaolin Monk in Training (available for a limited time)
o Po Around the World br />

The Directive

If you need a stocking stuffer, this should be it. Like I said, my kids are still busy. They pop it in everyday and try out something new.

3BC Ratings

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