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Panda Vs Tiger,
This review is from: Kung Fu Panda [DVD] (2008) (DVD)
Dreamworks has always lagged behind Pixar in several ways. Most obvious being the animation - although very good, it never seemed to be as perfect as Pixar's, and characters never seemed to interact as seamlessly with backgrounds as they ought to. But that's nit-picking, you don't notice that unless you are looking for it, and now it seems that Dreamworks have cracked it - Kung Fu Panda is the best looking film to leave their digital studios to date.
There are some funny moments to get the family giggling, and a central message which is simple enough to hit home without being too cheesy. As soon as the premise is set you'll guess the ending - but that doesn't have to stop a film from being enjoyable - after all, how often is it that you watch a Hollywood film that doesn't follow a set formula? Truth be told - this is a kids film and they tend to prefer the running humour rather than the complexities of a satisfying conclusion!
This is a good film to expose children to a bit of Chinese culture, Kung Fu Panda has a loyal warmth to Chinese culture (enjoying it rather than getting cheap laughs from mispronunciation) and you get a glimpse of old fashioned Chinese life.
Casting seems fine - Jack Black as Po the Panda works well, the character is similar to his usual roles as someone with an innocent childlike mind, but Ian McShane was an inspired choice as the uber-baddie, Tai Lung. His voice has that natural low growl to it and the character is menacing on screen - you really get a feeling for the power the nasty tiger has, and this will come across very well on a good home entertainment audio system.
In a nutshell: A good film for children and the family as a whole. The visual comedy will enthral youngsters time and time again, but older audiences may find that this has little re-watch value. It's nothing special, it won't go down as a family classic - but it's still worth a watch and hopefully demonstrates that Dreamworks have upped the ante in the animation stakes.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2012, 23:15:41 GMT
Tobias Reeks says:
I love your review, except for the fact that Tai Lung is a snow leopard....
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