|Cast: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Wayne Knight, Kyle Gass, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Hong|
Director(s): Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Genre: Fantasy / Animated
A wonderful wonderful film!
This ranks up there for me amongst animated flicks and even, dare I say it, Kung Fu flicks.
Yes, I realize it's cartoon animals doing the fighting, but therein allows more room for creativity, style, and humour.
It's great when you can lose yourself in a story, and forget about the famous folks behind the voices, and even forget that sometimes you're watching animation. There are scenes of splendid detail (remember when you first saw the animated hairs on King Kong in Peter Jackson's remake?) which nowadays are taken for granted, and vibrant colours and design bringing out the best in the depiction of the Far East. There were even a few scenes involving dumplings and noodles that made me hungry.
And the fight scenes (and one particular scene of prison escape which left my jaw dropped open) are 'choreographed' so vividly and manic, obviously by a crew who love what they're doing and are fans of the genre.
It ends suitably with no need for a sequel, but you know how things are.....it'll probably get one. And I'd be fine with that. I am already craving the further adventures of Panda and the Furious Five (Monkey, Tigress, Crane, Mantis & Viper).
This is suitable for kids and adults (okay, maybe not Jeff - prove me wrong Jeffy!) and if you liked Nemo, Incredibles, etc....you won't be disappointed. (though this is Dreamworks, not Pixar).
This is going on my best of 2008 list for sure.
Forgot to mention that I saw it on IMAX. If you have the chance to do so, it's worth it.
It's good to be the king
I agree with Mitch on all counts. A splendid film.
Took the kiddies to Rainbow theatre and ALL three of us got in for $9!!!! NINE!! That's like THREE for ONE at fackyew regular theatre pricing.
Would have loved to have seen it in IMAX, but alas...the kids enjoyed it, I loved it...top-notch animation and a classic Kung-Fu story-line...
This is officially on my top movie list for 2008. I wasn't interested in seeing this at all, but Mitch swore on it and so i gave er' a go. I was hooked in from the get go. It was fresh, fun, enjoyable. Jack Black was perfect for the role (and i really don't like the guy at all). The animation was very good and overall, I thought it was quite good as a kung fu movie. Spectacular. Everyone should take a few hours and see this hidden gem (it's truely outrageous)
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