Parents' Guide to

Kung Fu Panda

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Action-packed start of a franchise; scary scenes, fatphobia.

Movie PG 2008 88 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 52 parent reviews

age 6+

A Comedy For Both Kids And Adults

This film is actually very funny. It has plenty of humor throughout the movie, and not just the slap-stick kind. The animation is alright, and the plot is pretty good too. The only thing is it might be a bit dark for kids under 6. Otherwise, I highly recommend it!
age 6+

Entertaining though a bit mean with fat phobia and disappointing with propensity of non-Asian voice cast

I saw this for the first time at the dollar theatre in Albuquerque with my roommate. At the time I did not watch animated films, oh but he did! He was an animated film connoisseur. I agreed to watch it because it was cheap. I liked it then and when I watched it the other night with my 7 year old for the first time I was reminded on how much you really want to like Po. My son responded to it very well and loved Po and the Furious Five and was very enthusiastic to see Po succeed. My son also thought that sometimes the Furious Five and Master Shifu were mean in criticizing Po for his weight and was not having it. Another issue with the film is the abundance of voice actors that were not Chinese nor had Kung Fu film experience. All that said the story is told very well and it has a lot of charm. It is very easy to root for Po and to the larger lessons of working together and believing in yourself that the film and my 7 year old walked away with.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (52 ):
Kids say (108 ):

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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