Parents' Guide to

Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Short origin story will appeal most to series fans.

Movie NR 2016 23 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Excellent backstory - short!

As a huge fan of the Kung Fu Panda franchise I think this is an excellent short film, one of the best, if not the best! I was very surprised first time I saw it I found it was on Netflix. It shows a little bit of Po's teenage years, although I think this one focus more on Tigress and her relationship with Master Shifu after the terrible incident with Tai Lung. It's very interesting to see more of Shifu's behaviour after that. Little sad, which I defenitely think will bring up very deep conversations with your kids about effects of certain happenings. I also thinks it has a very important moral about making someone proud but at the same time be yourself, especially from Tigress's perspective. It also shows in a very beautiful way how The Furious five met for the first time. The animation style is gorgeous! Its always nice to see these chatacters in 2D once in a while. Defenitely the best out of these short films, it looks absolutely perfect! And the reuse of the franchise's background music fits perfect for every scene. If I say any more I will spoil it, just watch it if haven't and if you are or have someone in the family who absolutely loves the Kung Fu Panda movies! You will not regret it, I promise!

Is It Any Good?

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Die-hard fans of the Kung Fu Panda series will no doubt enjoy this short and sweet animated tale, but those unfamiliar with the series may find it a little ho-hum. There are some slapstick laughs and a positive message about being true to yourself, but there's no character development and it's assumed you know the characters and care where they came from. A change in animation style also signals to the viewer that Po is reminiscing about the past, but the shift is subtle and younger viewers or those not familiar with the series may be unsure what's the past and what's the present.

Fans of the franchise looking for more should check out this short and silly story, but newbies to the series should start with Kung Fu Panda before diving in.

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