Jack Black is one of those people who multi-tasks his talent. Whether it's a musical, in film, or in this case, an animated flick, Jack Black manages to reveal his assortment of performances which are genuinely entertaining. In Kung Fu Panda, we have Jack Black as Po, a misunderstood and naturally chubby panda, who is about to undergo a transformation on many levels. This type of plot has been done before, but I have to say, there are a few twists which make Kung Fu Panda not only a great movie for kids, but adults will be walking away with a few pointers for their lives as well. Kung Fu Panda arrives on Blu-ray with a rather impressive transfer, but we'll get to that later.
|Kung Fu Panda|
Features: An hour and a half of enjoyable entertainment. Over an hour of extras (viewing running time) and several games. Very crisp and colorful transfer for Blu-ray.
Codec / Resolution: AVC / 1080p
Movie File Size: 20.75 GB
Average Bitrate: ~21 Mbps
Movie Release: June 6, 2008
This Release: November 8, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 88 mins
Current Price: Check Price / Purchase (Blu-ray)
Po is a panda who regularly has dreams of being a master Kung Fu fighter. A Dragon Warrior. He has a few obstacles. He's currently working for a noodle joint for the family, has a natural weight problem by being a panda, and is basically a klutz. And of course there is the Furious Five who have had several years of training under Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), while Po can make a pretty good Udon and wash tables.
I should say right here Kung Fu Panda does have a predictable plot, but sometimes being predictable is what makes the movie fun to watch. Anticipating a particular consequence in a scene with Jack Black's character is quite rewarding.
There is a tournament being held to find out just who will be the Dragon Warrior to defend the Valley Of Peace from a rogue Kung Fu fighter. Tai Lung (Ian McShane) will be most dangerous if he escapes, and he is feared with even the name being spoken. Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) is the tortoise Master who has the premonition Tai Lung will be escaping soon and is the one who came up with an idea to hold a Kung Fu tournament in the first place, to see who will expose themselves as the potential Dragon Warrior.
Po has always dreamed of being a Kung Fu Master, and this latest tournament has his utmost attention. Unfortunately, he arrives at the tournament too late (because of his job serving noodles at his father's restaurant) and has to find a way to get in. Po finally manages to find a way to see the tournament, and with his chubby movements, impresses Master Shifu, amazingly winning the tournament. But this is just the beginning, and Po has a journey of discovery ahead of him.