Kung Fu Panda Two - Pack (Kung Fu Panda Widescreen Edition + Secrets of the Furious Five)
by John Stevenson, Mark Osborne, Raman Hui (Directors)
Review by Charles Mohapel
Dreamworks Animated DVD ISBN/ITEM#: B001G6E7QK
Date: 01December 2008 List Price $34.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Upon first seeing a trailer for Kung Fu Panda, I just knew it would be a hilarious animated film. Once again Jack Black is in his element as the even more well-rounded Po, the Giant Panda. Obviously the adopted son of Mr. Ping, the Chinese Goose, Po dreams of being the most awesome Kung Fu master in the world and hanging around with the Furious Five, at least not when they're fighting against overwhelming odds.
Dustin Hoffman ... Master Shifu, the Red Panda (voice)
Angelina Jolie ... Master Tigress, the South China Tiger (voice)
Ian McShane ... Tai Lung, the Snow Leopard (voice)
Jackie Chan ... Master Monkey, the Gee's Golden Langur (voice)
Seth Rogen ... Master Mantis, the Mantis (voice)
Lucy Liu ... Master Viper, the Green Tree Viper (voice)
David Cross ... Master Crane, the Red-crowned Crane (voice)
Randall Duk Kim ... Master Oogway, the Galápagos Tortoise (voice)
James Hong ... Mr. Ping, the Chinese Goose (voice)
Dan Fogler ... Zeng, the Chinese Goose (voice)
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Commander Vachir, the Javan Rhinoceros (voice)
Wayne Knight ... Gang Boss (voice)
Kung Fu Panda Disc Includes:
Kung Fu Panda
After being delayed and arriving just in time to see the palace gates closing in his face, Po goes to great lengths to get in and ends up launching himself over the palace gates and literally crashing the ceremony. When aging Master Oogway declares Po to be the next Dragon Warrior, everyone is stunned, not the least of which is Po himself.
Beginning his training under the skeptical Master Shifu, Po absorbs the kind of punishment once seen in the Merry Melodies, yet he stubbornly refuses to quit. When asked by Master Shifu why he doesn't quit, Po replies that they've done nothing to him he hasn't faced before. These words and Po's determination earned Master Shifu's grudging respect and he realizes that he will have to create completely new methods to train Po to defeat the evil Tai Lung.
When Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, and Viper all fall victim to Tai Lung's special nerve-strike and Crane is defeated , Master Shifu attempts to defeat him. Before Tai Lung can kill Master Shifu, Po challenges Tai Lung. The resulting battle produces the kind of scenery destroying action that reminded me of Obelix, the equally portly Gaul in the Asterix comics written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. If Po and Obelix bump bellies, I believe the result would be a Magnitude 4 earthquake at least.
Meet The Cast
Pushing The Boundaries
"Kung Fu Fighting" Music Video by Cee-Lo
Mr. Ping's Noodle House
How To Use Chopsticks
Conservation International: Help Save Wild Pandas
Dragon Warrior Training Academy
Printables & Weblinks
Dreamworks Animation Video Jukebox
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (In Theaters in November 7, 2008)
Secrets of the Furious Five
Secrets of the Furious Five Disc Includes:
Secrets of the Furious Five
Po's Power Play
Land Of The Panda
According to Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_Panda ), "Jeffrey Katzenberg has publicly stated that because the film's premiere exceeded expectations, a Kung Fu Panda series of up to six films was likely, depending on the overall performance of the initial film's release. With the subsequent strong box office performance of the film, preproduction of the first sequel is underway. On October 2, 2008, it was announced that the sequel would be called Pandamonium and would appear in theaters in June 2011."
This is another movie for kids of all ages and lovers of animation.