KUNG FU PANDA – This isn’t what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be first a silly animation with anthropomorphized animals with a martial arts angle slapped on top. I was wrong. This is very much a genre kung-fu film first, that could theoretically been performed by live actors.
The relatively unhappy, adopted child of a poor noodle maker leaves his small village on a quest… Against his father’s wishes, he travels to the temple to witness the choosing of the new kung-fu master, and finds he is that master. It’s not trying too hard, and its primary focus isn’t on the cute furry animals… I had visions of this being a cartoon version of BEVERLY HILLS NINJA, I think; likely due to the physical similarities between the panda and Chris Farley.