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The Amazing Panda Adventure

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Adorable real pandas but otherwise sappy animal adventure.

Movie PG 1995 91 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+
age 7+

Captivating movie for family movie night

We almost did not watch this movie as the reviews didn't sound great, but I am glad we did. I think it's difficult to find live action movies that are appropriate and entertaining for all ages, and this is definitely a good one. If you don't like animals - particularly baby pandas - perhaps you wouldn't enjoy it as the baby panda is the star. The scenery is beautiful and it gave a realistic view of life in rural China and the plight of endangered animals. I don't agree with the "sappy" description. It has a happy ending - but don't we expect that from a movie designed for kids? I also liked that the two child actors looked more like real kids instead of Hollywood perfection.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
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Probably the best thing about this movie is the pandas themselves. Through a combination of footage of real pandas and animatronic animals, the black-and-white animals steal the show from their live-action co-stars. The animals easily outshine the humans, especially the kids, who are alternately funny and overly precious (the scene where they both disrobe after being covered with leeches is also just bizarre and unnecessary). It's odd to see Lang, who's now best known as the crazy colonel in Avatar, 15 years younger and playing a father. He does his best to explain the importance of saving the pandas, but the movie ultimately rests on the shoulders of the two child actors.

Animal adventures, especially those featuring baby animals, are sure to tug at the heartstrings, and this one has the added drama of a dangerous crew of poachers trying to track down the kids and the panda cub. But the story feels a bit slow at times, especially when it comes down to the kids, who interact rather awkwardly with each other, even as they're supposed to grow into great friends. The action sequences, however, will intrigue children, and the pandas will draw in animal-loving audiences.

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