Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda

The ancient-China-set story follows lazy, clumsy panda, Po (Jack Black) who dreams of Kung Fu stardom while working away at his dad’s noodle joint. His fantasy becomes reality when, at a ceremony where Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) is to choose the next Kung Fu master, Po is accidentally selected (though as Oogway explains – “there are no accidents”). Despite objections from teacher Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), Po fumbles his way through training alongside his heroes the Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. They are preparing for the return of the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane) who is headed their way.

2008Rating: PG, Contains violence82 minsUSADreamWorks Animation
AnimatedKids & Family

Streaming (3 Providers)

Kung Fu Panda / Reviews

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

Guaranteed household hit right here. The kids will leave the cinema kung-fu chopping the air and pleading for a pet panda. Kung Fu Panda is affable, humorous, visually gorgeous and will charm the pants off many… despite relying on a heavily formulaic story.

Full review
Village Voice

Village Voice

Perfectly pleasant, very good-looking, modestly funny, dispiritingly unoriginal variant on the nerd-with-a-dream recipe that's been clobbered to death in animated films for at least a decade now.

Full review
Variety

Variety

A nice looking but heavily formulaic DreamWorks animation entry.

Full review
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Looks great and is good fun but Kung Fu Panda is a few surprises, laughs and engaging characters short of leaving a lasting impression.

Full review
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The stroke of genius is, of course, the film's hero -- the big, lovable bear that is the Chinese panda.

Full review
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

Happily shorn of all the in-jokes and pop-culture references that wrecked the Shrek franchise, Kung Fu Panda does it the old-fashioned way: with smart, witty dialogue, beautifully designed animation, and bucketloads of visual invention.

Full review
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

Rotund actor Jack Black makes a pretty good panda.

Full review