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Kung Fu PandaBig, lively and a little clumsy, Po (Jack Black, Golden Globe nominated) is the most die-hard kung fu fan you've ever seen ... and it may not be very suitable for those who have to work every day in the shop. of his family's spaghetti. Suddenly called to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams come true and the little panda joins the world of kung fu to train alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five: Tiger (Oscar®-winning actress Angelina Jolie); Gru (Emmy Award-winning actor David Cross); Mantis (Seth Rogen, Emmy nominated); Viper (Lucy Liu, Emmy and SAG Award nominated); and Monkey (international superstar Jackie Chan), and their guru, Master Shifu (two-time Academy Award® winner Dustin Hoffman). But before they know it, vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung (Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Ian McShane) sniffs the trail, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the looming threat. Will the little panda be able to become a true kung fu master? Po will put his heart into it, and the unlikely hero will eventually find that his greatest weaknesses can become a great strength.

Completing the international cast of "Kung Fu Panda": Randall Duk Kim as Oogway, the wise inventor of kung fu; James Hong in the role of Mr. Ping, Po's father, an expert pasta maker; Michael Clarke Duncan as Commander Vachir, the proud creator of the impregnable Chorh-Gom Prison; and Dan Fogler as the stressed-out Palace emissary, Zeng.

DreamWorks Animation SKG Presents "Kung Fu Panda", a Paramount Pictures distribution, featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong, Michael Clarke Duncan and Dan Fogler. The film is directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne. The story was written by Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris. The screenplay is the work of Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger. The producer is Melissa Cobb. The executive producer is Bill Damaschke. Co-producers are Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.


Whether it is an ogre who wants to take back what is rightfully his or her right, or a bewildered group of animals who would like to return to their zoo, the public of all ages has always sided with the most unfortunate character, the so-called ' loser 'of a story. Anyone who has faced difficulties empathizes with the strange heroes of these spectacular moralizing tales.
So what about a panda who dreams of becoming a kung fu master? A tender and affectionate black and white bear, whose only aspiration in life is to become an expert in martial arts, a discipline that requires agility, alertness and ultra-fast reflexes. His is really a formidable ambition, for some perhaps almost 'reckless'. But isn't heroism always like this?
When directors John Stevenson and Mark Osborne and producer Melissa Cobb read this very original story, they got very positive reactions. The difficult journey faced by Po, the Panda of Kung Fu, has definitely hit their strings.
Kung Fu PandaSays director John Stevenson: "We are all parents, I have two daughters and Mark and Melissa also have children. We wanted the film to have a message for our children: 'Be your hero', which means, not seek answers outside of yourself. Don't expect someone to fix things for you. Each of us has the power to get what he wants, if he is determined to do it. Be the best of what you can be. "
"For all of us it was important, from the very beginning," continues Osborne, "that 'Kung Fu Panda' contained a positive message, which we all truly believe in. We wanted it to be a fun, humorous and great experience. action. But we also wanted it to leave its mark in the hearts of the audience. "
Stevenson continues: "Basically we knew what our purpose was, and more importantly, we knew how to achieve it. We wanted to make a 'timeless' film. The story is set in ancient China, but the narrative is not limited to the characters of that. period and of that land. Great stories are timeless. And we also wanted our story to have that quality ... like the path of a classic hero. Obviously the film had to be great entertainment, fun, with good fight scenes, but we didn't want to make the classic captivating film for the summer audience: at the center of the story is Po, and his journey is peppered with compelling characters and imaginative visual effects ".
In wanting to stage the story of a panda chasing his dream, the filmmakers have created a real fairy tale, reminiscent of ancient Chinese fairy tales.
Kung Fu Panda"I was directing a TV show at DreamWorks called 'Father of the Pride'," says director John Stevenson, a consummate story artist and illustrator who has previously worked with Jim Henson, and joined DreamWorks in 1999. " finalizing the final episode, they asked me if I wanted to work on a project entitled 'Kung Fu Panda'. I accepted: I really like kung fu movies, they were very popular in the 70s, when I was a child and I remember very well the TV series with David Carradine. I thought it would be an interesting project. " Stevenson says he was looking for an alternative to the talking animal movies that have been in vogue in recent years. He was struck by "Kung Fu Panda" because it reminded him of the time he was working on another PDI / DreamWorks project ten years earlier, a film that few had paid attention to but had been the subject of great dedication by of those who had worked there, filmmakers and voice actors. It was "Shrek".
Kung Fu PandaA few years before the release of "Shrek", which undoubtedly left its mark in the history of animation, another filmmaker named Mark Osborne had been talked about at numerous festivals, with his stop-motion short "More" , nominated for an Oscar. Observes director Osborne: "One of the doors that opened thanks to 'More' was DreamWorks. I was a director looking for a project and I worked in development for a few years, analyzing various works and elaborating those stories that the studio wasn't safe. One day I heard about 'Kung Fu Panda' and I liked the idea. I wrote some comments about it, and after some time, the project started to take hold seriously We already had the characters, some locations and more important ideas, but we had no idea where the film should go. It seemed interesting to be able to move on to feature films, and explore the computer generated world.
An alternate narrative was the focus of the film, according to the producer. "We really wanted something different for 'Kung Fu Panda'", explains Melissa Cobbs, "to differentiate it from recent animated films, to interrupt the" trend "and not make a film necessarily linked to our contemporaneity. In this sense, in fact, there are no references to the pop culture. It was supposed to be a family comedy, an action-packed, genre-friendly kung fu movie. However, our main goal was to create a product that will remain relevant for years to come. "

Kung Fu Panda
Original title: Kung Fu Panda
Country: USA
Year: 2008
Gender: Animation, Action, Comedy
Duration: 92 '
Directed by: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Film script:Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow and Jim Hecht
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Production:DreamWorks Animation
Distribution: UIP
Exit : 29 August 2008 (cinema)


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