A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Is It Any Good?
This family movie is a pleasure, and Po is the ideal animated incarnation of the engaging, electric Black. He's wonderful in Kung Fu Panda, giving Po the perfect mix of irreverence and sincerity. When Po meets his idols, the Furious Five -- Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Crane (David Cross), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Monkey (Jackie Chan) -- he's charmingly awestruck. To watch him metamorphose from kung fu fanboy to master is a delight. And the message -- there's no secret to greatness besides faith in yourself -- is admirable, if clumsily executed.
Kung Fu Panda's story may not be the most inventive, nor as inclusive as other Chinese-themed animations like Mulan or Over the Moon, but it's undeniably charming. And there are definitely moments of brilliance: A training battle between Shifu and Po involving chopsticks and a lone dumpling will go down as one of the best in cartoon history.
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