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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Po the Panda explains to a class of eager kung fu students that virtues of patience, courage, confidence, controlling one's temper, and compassion are more important than "kicking butt."
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of martial arts action and a few big, scary characters like a gorilla warrior, an island of armed gators, and a big ox. As a cub, the Tigress lives in an orphanage where everyone fears her temper. The extras include kids teaching some basic martial arts moves.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few pants-falling-down gags mixed with the action.
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"Jerk" is said once and "kicking butt" a few times.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a cartoon short (only 24 minutes long) spun off of Kung Fu Panda. It also includes some basic instruction by kids on different fighting techniques (the kids demonstrate the motions alone, and the focus is on how each represents an animal). There's plenty of martial arts action in the cartoon short, and some scary characters for young viewers -- like the gorilla warrior and some mean gators. But the action is tempered with lessons that each member of the Furious Five learns on his or her path: patience, courage, confidence, controlling your temper, and compassion. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite its brevity, SECRETS OF THE FURIOUS FIVE holds its own as an enjoyable series of vignettes. Each of the five stories, while not as pristinely animated as Kung Fu Panda, keeps the pace and action up while bestowing a lesson. Each has exciting characters (like an island full of gators and a fierce gorilla warrior) and an original storyline that will keep all ages engaged.
If that's not enough Pandamonium, dip into the extras, the best being a segment in which kids can imitate the moves of other kids as they demonstrate the different fighting techniques. It's a better fit for the DVD than the hip-hoppy "Learn the Panda Dance" feature, but both will definitely get young kung fu students off the couch.
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