Kung Fu Panda is Dreamworks' latest animation flick. It features the voice talents of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and Jackie Chan. The film has an absolutely amazing opening dream sequence with some off-the-chart hand-drawn animation. It reminded me of Samurai Jack, a cartoon series. The sequence, made to resemble shadow puppetry could as well be published as a comic book.
Simply put, Kung Fu Panda is a brilliant animation film. Using China and the art of Kung Fu as its backdrop, it resembles stories that one would expect to hear in Chinese Mythology. The storyline is serious in nature, yet it is never stupid. The entire Panda thing is what makes it an animation-comedy. I loved the character of Tai Lung, the would-be Dragon Warrior gone wrong. Same with all the others. The emotions portrayed by the characters are very human. Those of rage, the search for limitless power, glory; they seem almost too well done.
The Kung Fu fight sequences, Tai Lung's prison escape, the entire Chinese look and feel of the film, everything seems to have been made with immense attention to detail. The slow-motion scenes are hilarious, and also scary when they need to be. The dialogue is terrific, so is the background score. I'm finding it very difficult to find anything wrong with this film. Kung Fu Panda is a film that strikes a chord for it's message. Recalling Tennyson's Ulysses ~ To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Watch this with the entire family. LET THE PANDA-MONIUM BEGIN!