Kung Fu Panda
Saw it on a whim last night since my sister had seen a video essay on it and wanted to re-watch it.
It’s been a looooong time since I’ve seen the film. It still holds up really well.
- Got some great physical comedy if that’s your thing, the fight scenes and the training montage in the middle of the film have awesome choreography!
- Part of me is very confused as to why they canonically refer to the world as “China” (or Animal China at least), since the choice of voice-actors just feels weird and wrong, in some ways. Ya got Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman as the trainer, 3/5 of the Furious Five aren’t Chinese (David Cross as Crane, Angelina Jolie as Tigress, Seth Rogen as Mantis and yes he does the laugh!!)
Jackie Chan also barely gets any lines in this other than some grunts too, which dissapointed my sister and I.
- I thought the opening and events went much too quickly, intent more on pushing the story and characters forward to new events rather than world-building than I’d have liked.
What surprised me in the credits was Jennifer Yuh Nelson directed the opening dream sequence and the Furious Five bonus short. I know her name as the Supervising Animation Director on Love Death + Robots S2 and 3. What’s even cooler is she managed to go from this movie, to straight up direct Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3, so good for you Jennifer!
Makes me want to watch KFP2 and 3 sometime in the future too. Never seen them before and I’ve heard they were really good follow-ups.
(Actually, that’s a lie. I did watch KFP2 at a Summer Camp long, long ago. However, I don’t remember anything from it and my experience was terrible. The Summer Camp somehow got ahold of a terrible, off-the-street camcorder version, so when we watched it mid-day with a projector, the colours were all too bright, it was blurry, and sound quality was terrible.)