Friday night, we finished watching Kung Fu Panda. This is the 2008 Dreamworks blockbuster animated film starring Jack Black as the… panda protagonist? He plays Po, a panda who works in his father’s noodle shop. Naturally, this being a kids movie and doesn’t need to make a lot of sense, his father is a crane. Well, whatever. Although Po slings noodle bowls all day, he dreams of learning kung fu and fighting alogside the Furious Five, who are the local martial arts masters. During the film, we find out that he’s destined to be the Dragon Warrior, but being such an incompetent novice, it’s hard to believe. Of course, we adults know he will be Dragon Warrior, but it’s the journey of how he finds himself.
The kids liked it, and I don’t blame them. It’s an entertaining, smart film. The audio and video quality are top-notch on Blu-ray, and the voice acting and animation are good too. Good cast — Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and many more. The story was good too, so Namita and I were entertained along with the kids. Besides the story and the audio/video quality, I liked all the kung fu references, which kinda reminded me in a way of the old kung fu movies I watched on Saturday/Sunday afternoons.