Kung Fu Panda (2008)
June 6, 2008
Rated PG for sequences of martial arts action
"Kung Fu Panda" features Jack Black as Po the Panda, a lowly waiter in a noodle restaurant, who is a kung fu fanatic but whose shape doesn't exactly lend itself to kung fu fighting. In fact, Po's defining characteristic appears to be that he is the laziest of all the animals in ancient China. That's a problem because powerful enemies are at the gates, and all hopes have been pinned on a prophesy naming Po...
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Not all movies are what they appear, as evidenced by this summer's DreamWorks Animation picture, Kung Fu Panda
. Here's a movie where Jack Black plays an overweight panda who is destined to become a kung fu God; it sounds just a little too much like Beverly Hills Ninja
, albeit with a slightly less rotund star. When I first saw the previews for Kung Fu Panda
, I balked. The movie looked unoriginal, uninteresting and not at all funny, yet apparently everyone else thought otherwise: the movie made a boatload of money and, to my shock, good reviews.
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