Kung Fu Panda (2008, Game, 360) – 7/10 review

Creative Director: Joby Otero

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

7/10

Genuinely good fun movie game which successfully generates the atmosphere and reproduces the look of the better-than-expected movie. Jack Black’s voice work is critical (I actually laughed during the game, most unusual) but the gameplay is strong enough and keeps irritation and repetition to a minimum. As a bonus it looks nice and is animated with real character and lightness of touch. The Donkey Kong tribute works well and the game as a whole is consistently fun. Xbox 360 Achievements are slanted toward hardcore gamers so they have something to play for as well.

This Kung Fu Panda game contains very mild bad language and extreme, though largely comic and without lasting consequence, fantasy martial arts violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Kung Fu Panda (2008, Computer-Animated Kung Fu Movie) – 7/10

 

 

Jack Black: Po
Dustin Hoffman: Shifu
Angelina Jolie: Tigress
Ian McShane: Tai Lung
Seth Rogen: Mantis
Lucy Liu: Viper
David Cross: Crane
Randall Duk Kim: Oogawy
James Hong: Mr. Ping
Jackie Chan: Monkey
Director: John Stevenson
Director: Mark Osborne
Co-Producer: Jonathan Aibel
Co-Producer: Glenn Berger
Writer (Screenplay): Jonathan Aibel
Writer (Screenplay): Glenn Berger
Writer (Story): Ethan Reiff
Writer (Story): Cyrus Voris
Head Of Character Animation: Dan Wagner
Artistic Supervisor Animation: Alessandro Carloni
Artistic Supervisor Animation: Rodolphe Guenoden
Artistic Supervisor Animation: Philippe Le Brun
Artistic Supervisor Animation: Jason Reisig
Artistic Supervisor Animation: William Salazar

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Waiter Po dreams of kung fu awesomeness and is thrilled when a festival is held to announce the identity of the Dragon Warrior, a legendary kung fu master who will restore peace to the valley for all time. After conquering a mountainous set of stairs and finally gaining entrance to the festival, Po finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior. Awesome. Except he doesn’t actually know kung fu.

7/10

While the tagline asked us to “Prepare for awesomeness”, sufferers of DreamWorks Animation’s post Shrek 2 / non-Aardman Animation output were actually preparing to have to wipe their shoes clean of animated drek once more. That makes it a pleasure to report that Kung Fu Panda is a properly fun movie with good voice work from Jack Black and unexpectedly awesome voice work from Dustin Hoffman. Best sequence of the movie is a training sequence involving the last riceball which is brilliantly choreographed and animated and invokes the best of Jackie Chan, a man without whose self-invented genre of comedy and environment contextual action this movie wouldn’t exist (and who voices one of the characters, Monkey). It’s as good a sequence as in any martial arts movie and is the topping on an unexpectedly entertaining experience.

This movie contains extreme but largely comic, and without lasting effect, fantasy martial arts violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.