Parents' Guide to

The Adventures of Panda Warrior

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Action-packed cartoon with animal heroes in frequent danger.

Movie PG 2016 78 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+



This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
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age 18+

I didn't think it was possible to make a movie like this intentionally.

Poor animation. No plot other than "defeat the bad guy." Gaping holes in the plot such as an unknown character appearing at the end to explain the bad guy wasn't really a bad guy after all. Dialog without cohesion nor much sense. I skipped to the end in order to keep my supper in my stomach. HBO must be really desperate to show something like this other than in the middle of the early morning hours. I rated this for "kids 18 and up" because they should be too smart to download this -- it will rot the brains of younger children.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (12):

With routine animation, a conventional pursuit, and a reliance on one altercation after another to move the story, there's little to recommend in this copycat martial arts panda story. There are some cute characters in The Adventures of Panda Warrior (a mantis with an excess of bravado and a battalion of desperate onions), but one begins to lose track of them in the wake of dozens of other not-so-adorable participants in the relentless scuffles. The writing and some performances are weak, as well. Although the film is intended for kids, the action sequences are more violent than one would expect, including flamethrowers, death by spears, mind control, and a really sinister, humorless villain. The film was made in China and adapted for English-speaking audiences, so the distributors of this DVD may be hoping to take advantage of the popularity of Dreamworks' Kung Fu Panda series. Hopefully, parents will not be confused, as this mediocre effort pales in comparison with the adventures of Jack Black's delightful Kung Fu hero.

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