MPAA Rating: PG, for sequences of martial arts action
Age range: Ages 4 and up
Runtime: 91 minutes
Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Director: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne
Release Date: June 6, 2008
Kung Fu Panda - Movie Trailer
Kung Fu Panda - Official Synopsis
Enthusiastic, big and a little clumsy, Po 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.
Kung Fu Panda - Fun Facts for Kids
Most people think of martial arts when they hear the words "kung fu," but in Chinese the phrase actually has more meaning - kung fu refers to an attainment of excellence in a skill or discipline through hard work. The focus is on discipline and mastery through one's own efforts.
Kung Fu Panda tells a story that encompasses this spiritual meaning of kung fu as well as the martial arts aspect. Po the panda bear practices to become a kung fu master, and in the words of the producers, "Kung Fu Panda is about being the best 'you' that you can possibly be...to be your own hero."
The movie has a kid friendly message, and a kid friendly website. The Kung Fu Panda website offers tons of fun and creative games and activities. Kids can make 3D characters from the movie, make takeout boxes, and even download embroidery templates. The site also has printable coloring pages and activity sheets as well as numerous online puzzle games.