Kung Fu Panda revisited

Oh me, oh my, Friday night I went to see Kung Fu Panda 3 and the bears did not disappoint! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, (and I strongly urge you to go right this minute) and you don’t want to read any spoilers, I suggest you skip this section and head on down to today’s ‘toon, so I don’t ruin the experience for you.

I have to admit, I was a fledgling Pandaholic when the first Kung Fu Panda movie came out, and to put it mildly, I was skeptical, if not downright dismissive of the idea. Then I went to see it and all I can say is WOW! Goofy, but lovable Panda Po aside, the movie is a visual treat and movie 3 was no exception.

The film team even visited the panda kindergarten and went to the Chimelong Panda reserve to meet the worlds first surviving panda triplets, Mengmeng, Shuaishuai and Kuku (also known as Pinky’s minions) and gave them a cameo role in the movie.

Po travels to his long lost, unremembered home with his real panda dad to gain the vital panda knowledge needed to fight this movies’ supremely evil villain, and in the process discovers his roots and a whole lot of (wait for it) adorable baby pandas, not to mention a female panda that appears to have studied at Babette de Panda’s charm academy for young pandas ladies.

I laughed, I cried, I gasped with amazement. I can’t end this review without mentioning the incredible lushness and visual excitement of this movie. As a fine artist (besides being a panda satirist) I love movies that capitalize on relevant art styles and references. Nods to traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, not to mention amazing color combinations and dynamic compositions make this movie an aesthetic, as well as a pandarific experience. If you can see it on a big screen, do it. Do it now.

And now, on with our Sunday feature ‘toon…

Huzzah! Pandas save the day!

Huzzah! Pandas save the day!

Hope you enjoyed today’s cartoon, and do go see Kung Fu Panda 3. Heck. see all of them again! I know that I will! and I bet Po will get an Oscar tonight for best panda in a dramatic role, don’t you think?

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

9 thoughts on “Kung Fu Panda revisited

    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I hope I’m not over setting expectations, but really, I was pretty psyched to see it and it did not disappoint! I hope it comes soon to your continent. It took almost 2 months to get to mine.

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      1. Vicky V

        I loved the first two so am really eager for this one. March 24 is the release date for Australia. I’m hoping to see it in Gold Class which is comfy recliners and you can order food and drink. Huzzah!

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        1. Panda in Chief Post author

          Wow! That sounds like a great theater. We have some friends with a home theater (Mr. Badger built their house) that has nice recliners, but we’re not allowed to have food or drinks in there. too bad. other than that it’s perfect, and only seating for 6 people.

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          1. Vicky V

            Gold class is part of Village Cinemas – one of our big chains. It can be quite expensive but it’s a great experience. You can order food and drink before the movie and select what time into the movie you want them to arrive. There’s even a lounge to sit in before the film starts which serves food and drink. Basically, a panda paradise!
            If you could bring food into your friends home theatre it would be perfect! But just being able to watch a movie in a recliner is enough for me 🙂

          2. Panda in Chief Post author

            Yes! And no lines there either. Plus she almost always makes some sort of delicious dessert before the movie, so we have the food lounge thing going too.

  1. Vicky V

    Finally got to see King Fu Panda 3! So much to love 🙂
    The artwork was stunning. The pandas were adorable – especially the Triplets. I laughed when the ribbon twirling panda appeared. Paul and I looked at each other and said “Obviously a friend of Babette’s!”
    I really hope there is a Kung Fu Panda 4 – the search for Po’s Mom. I know it’s wishful thinking but I want her to be alive somewhere.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I think I heard they are already working on KFP4. And yes, I thought that Mei Mei had studied with Babette.

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