Trivia / Kung Fu Panda

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Lucy Liu's previous role before Viper? O-Ren Ishii, also known by the name of "Cottonmouth" (Liu had also been associated with Jackie Chan and James Sie previously when she voiced the adult Jade Chan in a late Season 4 episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, which actually had another Kill Bill alumni, David Carradine, in an earlier episode, as well as fellow actor James Hong).
    • Monkey's VA is Jackie Chan. His son played Monkey's voice in Secrets of the Furious Five, and Monkey's VA for the TV series is the same man who played Jackie Chan himself in Jackie Chan Adventures (he also played that series' Big Bad, Shendu)!
    • At one point, Master Croc does a full split.
    • Many of Black's phrases get snuck into the film, such as "Skadoosh!" That one in particular was the Pre-Mortem One-Liner against Tai Lung.
  • All-Star Cast:
  • Casting Gag: In Secrets of the Furios Five, Young Monkey's voice actor is Jaycee Chan, the son of Jackie Chan, who voices the older Monkey.
  • Creator's Favorite: Jack Black has commented on his voice work as Po being his favorite role out of everything he's done.
  • Doing It for the Art: The first reaction of the producers at hearing from the animators that they didn't know how to do the rope bridge fight was encouragement; that meant that nobody had done it before and from that challenge, one of animation's wildest action sequences was created.
  • Dueling Movies: The third installment dueled the ill-fated Norm of the North at the box office in 2016 thanks to that film having a similar story. Panda blew that one away. It will move on to face the real challenger, Disney's Zootopia (but not at the box office); that film uses anthropomorphic characters and a character voiced by J.K. Simmons as well.
  • Image Source:
  • Life Imitates Art: Dustin Hoffman (Shifu) tutored Jack Black (Po) on acting during production.
  • One of Us: Both Jack Black and Angelina Jolie have commented on shipping Po and Tigress together, with Jolie even going as far as to say she'd be all for "panda-tiger babies"!
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Real-Life Relative: The bunny during the dream opening of the film who calls Po attractive is voiced by Jack Black's wife, Tanya Haden.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: In 2011, a man named Jayme Gordon attempted to sue DWA for stealing his ideas for a panda kung fu character. After two years of litigation in which Gordon tried to get a multi-million dollar settlement (DreamWorks rejected all attempts at it), DWA, their lawyers, and Jeffrey Katzenberg finally discovered a Lion King coloring book by Disney that had very suspiciously similar artwork outlines to what Gordon had presented as evidence (his presentations were dated to have been created when Katzenberg was still chairman of the Walt Disney Studios; the Disney coloring book was published in 1996, two years after Katzenberg had left Disney). Gordon immediately dropped his lawsuit and earned his own dose of legal problems from prosecutors when they charged him with wire fraud, perjury, and destroying critical documents in his ill-fated attempt to rip off DreamWorks Animation two years later for taking the Disney drawings and trying to pass them off as his own; this earned him two years in prison, three years of supervised release after, and forced him to pay back the $3 million DWA spent on legal bills. Plus, the idea of Disney filing their own lawsuit against Gordon for plagiarizing one of their books for extortion purposes may not be far off as well.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In an early version of the movie's script, Po was intended to be something of a Parody Sue, expecting the Furious Five to love him and adore him as much as he liked them. Apparently, Jack Black intervened because he realized how unlikable this made the character, and urged the writers to change Po to being insecure and well aware of his own flaws.
    • The creators were going to make Mantis The Mole until character designer Nico Marlet gave him more of a playful look that played with the stereotype of a creepy praying mantis.
    • One of Viper's weapons was supposed to be a Parasol of Pain.
    • The script didn't have Tai Lung destroying the village in a rampage after being denied the scroll, but Word of God said test audiences found Tai Lung too likeable and relatable, so they added that in order to make him seem more villainous.
    • The Wu Sisters were originally going to be minions of Tai Lung in the first movie, but were taken out to make Tai Lung seem like more of a badass. Their original designs also differ greatly from their current ones, including them looking completely identical and having a rather obnoxious Verbal Tic. See for yourself.
    • Mr. Ping was going to be Po's stern boss (which ironically would have fit voice James Hong's three previous roles as a Mean Character) before one of the storyboard artists thought it would be funnier if he was Po's doting father instead.

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