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May 18, 2008

Kung Fu Panda

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Kung Fu Panda teaser poster
Directed by Mark Osborne
John Stevenson
Produced by Melissa Cobb
Written by Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Starring Jack Black
Jackie Chan
Dustin Hoffman
Angelina Jolie
Lucy Liu
Seth Rogen
David Cross
Music by Hans Zimmer
John Powell
Cinematography Yong Duk Jhun
Distributed by DreamWorks Animation
Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 6, 2008
Language English

Story

Po (Jack Black) is a panda who is an apprentice noodle-maker and kung fu fanatic, but whose defining characteristic appears to be that he is the laziest animal in ancient China. Evil warrior Tai Lung (Ian McShane) has escaped from prison, and all hopes have been pinned on a prophecy naming Po as the “Chosen One” to save the day. He has a kung fu master, Sifu (Dustin Hoffman) who “has trained five of the greatest warriors that the world has ever known”, to help him.

Notably, all the original disciples of the main masters are animal stances or styles commonly used in the art of kung fu – Tigress (Tiger), Monkey, Viper, Crane and Mantis. Shen Lung Kung Fu uses those animals as a base for the whole system.

It’s the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around…which doesn’t exactly come in handy while working every day in his family’s noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po’s dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five — Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey — under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it’s up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart – and his girth – into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

A CG-animated comedy about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, Po, who must somehow become a Kung Fu Master in order to save the Valley of Peace from a villainous snow leopard, Tai Lung. Set in the legendary world of ancient China, this is the story of Po, our unlikely hero, who enters the rigid world of Kung Fu and turning it upside down. Po ultimately becomes a Kung Fu hero by learning that if he believes in himself, he can do anything Written by GiorgioC

Cast

  • Jack Black as Po – Giant Panda
  • Casey Hut as Kata
  • Jackie Chan as Master Monkey – Monkey
  • Dustin Hoffman as Shifu – Red Panda
  • Angelina Jolie as Master Tigress – South China Tiger
  • Lucy Liu as Master Viper – Viper
  • Nadine Vi as Master Ferto – Fer-De-Lance
  • Ian McShane as Tai Lung – Snow Leopard
  • David Cross as Master Crane – Japanese Crane
  • Seth Rogen as Master Mantis – Praying Mantis
  • Michael Clarke Duncan as Commander Vachir – Javan Rhinoceros
  • James Hong as Mr. Ping – Goose
  • Dan Fogler as Zeng – Palace Goose
  • Randall Duk Kim as Oogway – Tortoise
  • 2 additional voices were provided by winners of a Nickelodeon competition

Crew

Crew Position/Opening titles  
Music by Hans Zimmer and John Powell
Production designer Raymond Zibach
Director of photography Yong Duk Jhun
Co-produced by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
Produced by Melissa Cobb
Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson
Visual Effects Supervisor Markus Manninen

Rating

This film has been rated PG by the MPAA for sequences of martial arts action.

Soundtrack

As with most DreamWorks animated films, composer Hans Zimmer was hired to score the film. Zimmer is said to be visiting China at some point in order to absorb the culture and get to know the Chinese National Symphony, all as part of his preparation to write music for Kung Fu Panda.

Though Zimmer was originally announced as the main composer of the film. during a test screening Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, announced that composer John Powell will also be contributing to the score. This marked the first collaboration in eight years by that time between these two composers, who worked together on Dreamworks’ The Road to El Dorado and the action thriller Chill Factor. This was publicly confirmed by DreamWorks Animation on March 21, 2008.

A soundtrack album will be released by DreamWorks Records on June 3, 2008.

Video game

A video game adaptation of the film was developed and published by Activision.[

Technical specifications

This will be the first DreamWorks Animation CGI film to be made in 2.35:1 widescreen format.

  • Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
  • Color: Deluxe Color
  • Prints: Technicolor
  • Mix: THX Certified
  • Kodak Motion Picture Film
  • Avid

Photos

 

imdb and wikipedia 

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