If you’re not a fan of Jack Black, I’ve got a counter offer for you, perhaps have him voice a Panda that really really wants to be a Kung Fu master, you might change your mind, well for about 90mins or so. It’s a warped tale about a town of geese, pigs and bunnies and an out of place panda. There’s also a red panda and a super Kung Fu master in the shape of a turtle. Throw in the Furious Five, and Tai Lung as a seemingly unbeatable villain, you basically have a darn near perfect movie.
Really the only thing that makes this Dreamwork’s offering awkward are some of the voices. Seth Rogen is totally out of place as a praying mantis, and where Pixar does take the time to find talented voice actors, Dreamworks has become notorious for hiring big names to voice their characters, purely for publicities sake. Other than that Kung Fu Panda is laugh out loud pure entertainment.
There are some edge of your seat action sequences that really make awesome use of the limitless work space created by the animators, which leave you wishing you could see that type of superness, in live action movies. With stunning visuals, comical sound cues and eargasmic sound effects, it’s no wander this film has established itself as an international success, with parts 2 and 3 well integrated into pop-culture.
Additionally there manages to be time for a great message to flourish from this film, and that is the power of believing. “You must believe it,” says Master Shifu (the red panda) to Po (the actual panda) as a message of certainty, as a clear indication that nothing can be, unless it’s originally conceived and believed in. A thought perhaps too deep for the average 4 year old, but no doubt a great reminder to everyone else watching this movie.
It’s clear why Jack Black as a Kung Fu Panda does have such a following, and as reluctant as I am, I must be counted as such. Be sure to check out this 2008 blockbuster.