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Kung Fu Panda (Franchise general)

Postby KyletheCartoonist » Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:50 pm

The Kung Fu Panda franchise is freaking huge.
I got into this series after playing the video game based on the first movie.

(This is the official order of events)

Kung Fu Panda
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_Panda

This, along with How to Train Your Dragon, is probably the movie that killed the Shrek series. I saw this movie when it first came out, and I thought it was pretty cool, I remember playing Kung Fu Panda on the playground, and I was always Master Oogway. Anyway, it's a fun little movie that makes you feel good about yourself.

Secrets of the Furious Five
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secrets_ ... rious_Five

Haven't seen it, moving on.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_ ... ay_Special

The only short film I've seen, it is also my favourite. I watched this right before watching Kung Fu Panda 2. It's a nice little movie, and I'd say its one of my favourite holiday movies.

Legends of Awesomeness
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_ ... wesomeness

Haven't seen it, moving on.

Kung Fu Panda 2
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_Panda_2

Wow, was this dark. It is a lot different from the first. It also tells the story of how
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the antagonist, Shen, killed every panda in China, except for Po.
It also gave the biggest twist in movie history:
Spoiler: show
Mr. Ping isn't Po's biological father.
Okay, maybe everyone knew that since the first movie. It reminds me of Toy Story 3, in the sense of how the previous was light and happy, and this is sad and suspenseful. But that's not to say its a bad movie, it's really anything but. I would definitely reccomend it. My only complaint is that Master Shifu doesn't get a lot of screen time, it feels like he gets ten minutes total.

Secrets of the Masters
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_ ... he_Masters

Haven't seen it.

So, that is my experience with the Kung Fu Panda series. It has a confirmed third instalment, and the guys at Dreamworks even said that they plan to have SIX MOVIES in total.
Wow, that's the second largest movie series I've ever seen. It only gets beaten by Star Wars, with SEVEN WITH AN EIGHTH ON THE WAY.
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Postby buckmana » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:16 pm

I'm a big Kung Fu Panda fan.

It's number 4 on my list of favorite Dreamworks productions.

I don't have all the shows/movies on that list though, I haven't had much luck locating them in stores.

The movies were easy to find, but as regards the others, I've only got Secrets of the Furious Five so far.
 
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Postby DipperPines18 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:36 am

Kung fu panda is my fave movie! I like 2 also just not as much. And I love the holiday special. It sux that it is no longer airing on tv.
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Postby KyletheCartoonist » Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:18 am

Yeah, it's probably my favourite Dreamworks franchise, if not Shrek.
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Postby ArchuLinShved14 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:54 pm

Sneak peek: 'Panda 3' amps up bear count

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For two Kung Fu Panda animated movies, portly Po has believed all his bear kin were in panda heaven. That he was the lone survivor.

But Kung Fu Panda 3 proves Po wrong. The new film (opening Jan. 29, 2016) is Panda-palooza.

"There is great joy," says Jack Black, the voice of Po. "Lo and behold, there's a secret panda village. There's intense rejoicing as I am reunited with my people."

Po has a chance run-in with his long-lost panda father Li (Bryan Cranston), who brings Po back to an enclave where the pandas have been living since a fierce panda attack alluded to in DreamWorks Animation's 2011 hit Kung Fu Panda 2.

"There are even cute baby pandas," says Black. "Those guys are going to be the life of the party, for sure."

Also found in the village: an overeager, amorous young female panda Mei Mei (Rebel Wilson), a wannabe ribbon dancer. This does not turn out to be a panda love story.

"Po's a little freaked out, since he's never been around a female of his own species," says Black. "I don't think he has game in that realm yet."

But directors Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni will be able to feature panda frolicking, swimming in streams, rolling down hills. Nelson even visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China, to study playful panda behavior for use in Panda 3.

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"That is the most shockingly adorable place — there are nurseries filled with gaggles of baby pandas," says Nelson. "A lot of how the pandas play was inspiration for the movie."

It's not all fun. The biological father/son reunion causes concern for Po's adopted father, the noodle shop-owning duck Mr. Ping ("He feels very protective," says Black). There's also a menacing supernatural villain called Kai who poses a threat to the village and the world. Po has to train his fellow pandas in martial arts to fight back.

Kung Fu Panda 3 enlists the original characters from the past hit films, with all Furious Five kung fu warriors returning: Angelina Jolie as Tigress, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Seth Rogen as Mantis, David Cross as Crane and Lucy Liu as Viper. Warrior trainer Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) returns as well.

Meanwhile, the new voices are bringing their own talents in the recording studio. Wilson even wrote a love poem dedicated to Po and pulled out pink nunchucks during her first meeting with directors to demonstrate how much she was thinking about her animated character.

Her martial art talents were appreciated. "We were blown away, she does play a nunchuck-wielding panda," says Carloni. "But I wanted to point out (to her) that this is an animated film."

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Postby Stitch » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:41 pm

SIX movies? How on earth?
The third looks good though!
 
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Postby ArchuLinShved14 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:04 pm

Kung Fu Panda 3 teaser trailer is just one week away!

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Postby ArchuLinShved14 » Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:02 am

Kung Fu Panda 3 | Official Trailer #1

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Postby ArchuLinShved14 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:26 pm

Kung Fu Panda 3 exclusive: See concept art and cinemagraphs of panda village
Plus, co-directors Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni and production designer Raymond Zibach talk about the look of the series' third installment.

Kung Fu Panda 2 concludes with Po’s father realizing his son is alive and shows the village where he resides, alongside a number of other pandas. This final moment is crucial going into Kung Fu Panda 3 (out Jan. 29, 2016), both narratively and artistically.

The glimpse at panda life was largely influenced by a 10-day trip to Sichuan, China that the filmmakers took where they saw real-life pandas and Mount Qingcheng, which was covered in mist with beautiful, rustic architecture, according to production designer Raymond Zibach.

“We used that as a jumping off point for what you saw at the very end of the second film, and then we kind of kept drawing on that experience,” says Zibach, who adds that the landscape for the village was also influenced by the idea of a Shangri La where the pandas are hidden from the rest of the world.


The filmmakers have continued to use that experience in part as inspiration for Kung Fu Panda 3, which sees Po (voiced by Jack Black) reunite with his father Li (voiced by Bryan Cranston) and his fellow pandas, whom he believed to have died in a slaughter by the villainous peacock Shen. The film will also pit Po against the series’ first supernatural villain, Kai (voiced by J.K. Simmons).

In exclusive concept art and cinemagraphs (above and below), the panda village has an organic and earthy feel to it. It’s striking, picturesque, and even enchanting — and there’s good narrative reason for that. “We try to experience this through Po’s eyes, so we want to make it really special for him,” Zibach says. “The fact that he comes back to other pandas and is going to learn their way of life was kind of magical to him because he thought none of this ever existed.”


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This reunion marks the first time Po interacts with other pandas in his adult life. “It’s a really great opportunity because you get to see what makes Po, Po, what makes him different, what makes him the same, and [we get to] really explore this entire world of pandas,” says co-director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

But it also made for an interesting artistic challenge. “From a cinematic point of view, it was interesting because we used to cut from a panda to a duck to a tigress to a snake, and now we’re cutting from panda to panda,” says co-director Alessandro Carloni. The filmmakers, in effect, had to clearly define the multitude of pandas, making them look and act differently. That in mind, Zibach says there are nearly 30 variants of pandas between the kids and adults in the film.

As for the aesthetic, Nelson notes that the art, and the previous two films, shows something hyper-realistic and theatrical in its colors, which was done in an effort to saturate the environment and make audiences feel like they’re there. There is a big emphasis on the artistry, of course, the painterliness of these films that make them stand out from other animated fare. Nelson says of the panda village specifically, “Every single moment is about making that place as beautiful as possible.”


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