Here we discuss wild mass guesses on the subject of the movie Kung Fu Panda.
Tigress was adopted when Tai Lung was a teenager or at least still there.In the short, Shifu could be seen smiling. According to a legend, Shifu used to smile. However, it could be a case of the Unreliable Narrator Po is. It wasn't specified when Tigress was adopted but if it is true, then Tigress and Tai Lung used to have a big brother-little sister relationship. If you ignore the Foe Yay, you can see that Tai Lung still cares about his 'family' especially Shifu. The 'family' fell apart when Oogway denied Tai Lung the Dragon Scroll.
Tai lung was a closeted homosexual.The REAL reason he had the rampage was because Oogway found out about it a denied him the dragon scroll as a result.
The movie has a hidden theme about self-control.Many viewers have noticed that Tai Lung and Tigress share many, if not most, of their traits. The main, and possibly only, difference is that a true warrior has control over their emotions, rather then allowing the emotions to control them. Tai Lung gave into his anger and became a villain, showing a stunning lack of control for someone as well trained as himself. Tigress, on the other hand, was able to control her anger and disappointment, though she was probably just as pissed as Tai Lung. In the end, this single difference between them makes all the difference in the world, as it sent Tai Lung down a dark path, yet it also marks Tigress as being a truly worthy and honorable warrior.
Oogway isn't entirely gone.The sequel has him in the cast (as The Obi-Wan ?) and there's a hint that his spirit remains during Tai Ling's fight with Shifu. Tai Lung attempts to use the Staff of Harmony to strangle Shifu, but instead, it shatters; peach petals drift by as it releases its spiritual energy.
Oogway sealed his soul into the peach tree sprout.He did not die, he allowed his own body to fade away after sealing his essence into the only thing longer-lived than him: the only sprout of the Sacred Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom. That's the only way another plant other than the grass and the original peach tree could survive on the hilltop, if it had a soul of its own. Also reference the seal shown when Shifu causes a peach to fall during his "I failed" rant.
Tai Lung wanted to be killed by the Wuxi Fingerhold.Between being denied the post of Dragon Warrior and returning to kill Oogway and Shi-Fu, Tai Lung discovered a way to become immortal by possessing hundreds of people at a time... the only way to do so was to have one's body vaporized and inhaled by others quickly enough that your spirit hasn't yet realized you're dead. Tai Lung's plan had been for Shi-Fu to destroy him so as to allow him to possess him, Oogway, and whatever monks were studying there at the time, but Shi-Fu chickened out and Tai Lung was merely imprisoned. He escaped with intent to either PO Shi-Fu enough that he'd disown him and use the Fingerhold, or at least kill him and get revenge for the years of imprisonment. It wasn't fear of Po knowing the Wuxi Fingerhold that had him scared, it was fear of him not knowing it that had him scared. Splatterization doesn't have near the same probability of becoming immortal as does vaporization.
Po hasn't finished his Hero's Journey.Tai Lung was only the threshold guardian and Po has made it past the Belly of the Whale, or has yet to get there.
Mei Ling turns evil after her time as Crane's peer.Less a wild mass guess than an educated one ... in The Art of Kung Fu Panda, Tai Lung was originally intended to have an army that would help him pillage and burn. A trio of lynx assassins called the Wu sisters were dropped from production, but they are dead ringers for Mei Ling as she appears in Secrets of the Furious Five. With sequels planned, I think we may see some heartbreak in Crane's past...
The Wuxi Finger Hold is a "Pull my Finger" writ large.Explains why "The hardest part is cleaning up afterwards." It would explain explain the gigantic puff of gas it caused...
Po is actually the son of a (or two) great kung fu master(s)His birth parents - assuming both Mother and Father taught kung fu, as you see by the parenthesis - must've believed Po was simply too out of shape or just not capable of learning kung fu, so instead of leaving him at the Jade Palace as a baby ( much like Tai Lung was, they left him at the Noodle Shop and the rest of the movie explains it all, and his unknown-to-him kung fu heritage shines in the end of the movie. Knowing Dreamworks, this idea is too good to pass up. Or his parents simply couldn't afford to raise him or disappeared without a trace.
Po is actually the son of Shifu!Yes, yes, think about it! Po is obviously not really the son of the duck who owns the restaurant. Because he's a bear and not a bird, correct? Wrong! Panda bears are not really bears, they're raccoons, their true name being "giant pandas" with "red pandas" or simply "pandas" being a subspecies of large reddish raccoon. Who in the Kung Fu Panda universe is a reddish racoon, and not only that, but one who was good enough a martial artist to have fathered the Dragon Warrior? I rest my case.
Oogway was making it all up as he went along.But in a totally zen way, so it all worked out anyway.
Oogway planned the whole thing."There are no accidents", remember? If Oogway hadn't made Shifu paranoid about Tai Lung's escape, Shifu wouldn't have sent the messenger and Tai Lung would still be imprisoned. It's a bit of a Gambit Roulette, but Oogway has the mystical-enlightenment thing to make it work. As for why Oogway did it; it could be him trying to give Shifu closure about happened with Tai Lung - making him face the problem instead of putting Tai Lung in prison and forgetting.
Po is not adopted.He's not a panda. And his family aren't geese. It's really a universe with one sentient species that has lots of extremely diverse races that happen to look vaguely similar to earth species. Po was the resultr of a whole bunch of recessive genes that happened to hit all at once, and made him look like a panda. Sort of like a blond being born to two brunettes, only to the extreme.
Kung Fu Panda is set in the same world as Skunk Fu!.Just one generation earlier. Panda from Skunk Fu! is Po.
"Sinlong" will be a fake Sealed Evil in a Can.While it's supposed to appear that somebody screwed up, he's really the second test for the Dragon Warrior. The first is a test of heart/mind/whatever, and when someone passes it, Sinlong tries to kill them. Anyone who survives gets to learn special secret Dragon Style mystical techniques before fighting the real Sealed Evil in a Can in the third film, who could easily flatten Sinlong (but there's a chance that anyone who can defeat him without using the techiques can defeat the true final boss with them).
Said final villain can use either necromancy or mind control.And brings back Tai Lung, possibly giving him the army of underlings that were originally set for the first film.
Po did not use the Wuxi Fingerhold to defeat Tai LungRemember, Shifu never taught Po the move, and the kung fu master said there was a lot of "cleaning up" afterward. Po says he "figured it out," but how could he have done so if he'd never seen it demonstrated or even knew for sure what effect it was supposed to have? This leads us to the conclusion that Po, instead, invented an entirely new move, based on the Wuxi Fingerhold, but distinct, and the creation of this move signifies his ascent to kung fu master.
Tai Lung did get the meaning of the scrollHe looks at it and says there's nothing there, but maybe, it clicked for just a moment. He wasn't sure however. After all, something that powerful, that only the Dragon Warrior could claim it, something Shifu was willing to die to protect couldn't be so simple.....right? Then Po tells him that it is just that. And it hits him: He rampaged through the valley, was imprisoned for years, fought his way out of Prison, and was made a fool of by a BIG FAT PANDA....... all for something he already had. He realized in that moment he didn't need the scroll, and his frustration over that realization led to him trying to take it out on Po. Well, live and learn....hopefully.
Po is not a Panda, but a Pandaren.
Someone handed Tai Lung a spiked drink when he was Drowning His Sorrows from not getting the dragon scroll.One depressed kung-fu master with kung-fu metabolism, plus a probably-not-insignificant volume of alcohol, plus something to make him "entertaining", all adds up to one wild rampage. Tai Lung ended up how he was either because he had twenty years in an oubliette to stew and go mad, because the turtle shell prison stopped his metabolism before he got the juice out of his system, or both.
Oogway denying Tai Lung the Dragon Scroll was a Secret Test of Character.Oogway did consider Tai Lung as the Dragon Warrior but suspected he was too proud and arrogant for the job. If Tai Lung had accepted the denial and shown his integrity and loyalty, Oogway would have given the scroll to him. Tai Lung instead went on a rampage, so, in essence, Tai Lung himself screwed his chance to become the Dragon Warrior up big time.
The next movie will involve the invention of firearms and treat it as a "guns are dishonourable" Space Whale Aesop
Expanding on the guessing above, The next movie will be a reference to Jet Li's Kung Fu classic "Once Upon a Time in China."
In the sequel, the titular "Kaboom of Doom" can be caused by Lord Shen.Plot summaries have indicated that the villain, who has been confirmed to be Lord Shen, has a weapon so powerful that it threatens the existence of Kung Fu itself. Such a weapon may be an explosive of some kind.
Po has a daughter, Tekken Panda
Tai Lung rejected Shifu's apology because he thought Shifu wasn't being sincereThis verges into Alternate Character Interpretation, but it was something that sort of hit me when I first watched the movie and haven't been able to get rid of it since. Essentially, throughout his entire life growing up, Tai Lung felt that Shifu wasn't proud of him/didn't love him. He claims that Shifu didn't even try to comfort him after he was denied the scroll, it's unlikely that Shifu ever visited him in prison, and when Tai Lung arrives and says "I've come home, Master" Shifu rejects him saying "This is no longer your home, and I am no longer your master". They then get into a huge fight, and it's only after Tai Lung has Shifu utterly beaten and has told Shifu that he always wanted his approval that he starts spouting out his apologies. Take that together and it's not that big of a stretch to think that Shifu is simply telling Tai Lung what he wants to hear in a desperate attempt to stop Tai Lung from killing him. So Tai Lung, thinking that Shifu is lying about his apologies, rejects his apology and demands the scroll.
Po and Tigress will end up as a couple in Kung Fu Panda 2 or perhaps part 3.Po seemed to me in the first film to be showing signs that he has a crush on Tigress, while simultaneously considering her scary as hell. The mark-out moment he had when she did the split kick is a prominent example. Hey, I'm a natural-born shipper, so sue me.
Oogway ascended and is now one of The Others, allowing him to continue his awesomeness even across genres!
Po won't attempt the Wuxi finger hold in the sequel... at first...Its likely Po would notice that as a Peacock, there's no fingers to use the hold on. Someone will likely point out when he reveals this that he might be being too genre savvy as the feathers may count.
In Kung Fu Panda 2, Mantis will save the rest of the heroes.In one of the recent trailers, we have a scene of the five and Po in shackles, but the tiny mantis is nowhere to be seen. My explanation: he escaped due to his size, and one of his moments of awesome in this movie is whooping the guards around him with small but deadly strikes to save the rest of the five.
The ending of the sequel will tease the return of Tai Lung.From what I've heard, the ending sets up the plot for the next film. My guess is that Tai Lung will return, swearing revenge on Po, now with the metal gauntlet that appeared in Po's dream in the holiday special.
Shen killed Tigress's parents too.You may be wondering why I guessed this. Well, it could be that Tigress's parents were white tigers, or there may have been white tigers in her village. The soothsayer predicted that a black and white warrior would stop Shen, and she may not have specifically said a panda. Shen, thinking ahead, may have decided to get rid of any tigers, white or regular, while he was at it.
If there is a third in the series, the villain would use magical powers of some sort.The first had Tai Lung who used his melee skills to overwhelm his opponents. The second had Lord Shen who used technology in the form of a cannon in an attempt to destroy Kung Fu. Since both melee and technological themes have been used, it would be fitting that the third villain use some form of supernatural force in the form of magic.
Shen had two daddiesBoth of his parents were referenced as peacocks. Considering the degree to which they researched ancient Chinese culture(so much so that China complained that they themselves can't do better), why would they skimp on such an incredibly basic fact about peafowls? So, for whatever reason, Shen's mother is out of the picture and he was "raised" by two fathers (obviously he was actually raised by the Soothsayer, but you get the idea).
The Sixth Movie's plot will involve every main villain from the previous films forming a Five-Bad Band
The bad guys for movies 3, 4 and 5.Expanding on the above idea that the villain will turn into Villainous Counterparts (Psycho Rangers?), and given Mantis' stated desire to find a nice girl, settle down and get his head bitten off, the next villain will be a female Praying Mantis. We get a Fatal Attraction for Mantis. After that, the villain will be a mind-controlled Great Master Viper. Shen can use his knowledge of metallurgy to make him prosthetic fangs so he can once again use the Poison Fang technique. Finally, I don't know who Monkey's evil counterpart will be, but he must be portrayed by eitherOwen Wilson or Jet Li.
The Next film will take place outside of ChinaJust before the reveal of Po's real Dad the camera pans over what seems to be a vast distance, as well as a huge Mountain range that may be the Himalayas. If so this would likely place the Panda Refuge in the area of India. Given Shen's ruthless determination it seems likely that he would have found any remaining survivors in the country, which would force them to hide elsewhere. If so it would allow the creators to draw on a broader set of animals and culture in next film, as well as providing some variation on the the design.
Later films could involves colonization in China by foreigners
The next movies will all take turns prominently featuring members of the Furious Five.If the rumours of six films are true, then this lines up numerically. The first film established Po. The second film put a lot of focus on Tigress. The third one will feature a different member of the Five, and so on, depending on who is most appropriate for the current movie's theme/lesson.
ALL of Lord Shen's Freudian Excuse was in his headExpanded universe stuff reveals that Shen's parents rejected him for being sickly and an Albino, but in the movie are said to have died from grief at having to banish him, showing they DID love him. Shen felt like they rejected him from his point of view, but in reality, they just didn't know how to care for a sickly child and had the Soothsayer raise him because she DID. Shen, like he ultimately did with his banishment, took this as rejection, fueling his own hatred. Whether this makes him more tragic or more evil or both is in the eyes of the beholder.
The Third Film will deal with following your heart and not what others think of youThe first movie dealt with discovering what you already had inside you, the second film dealt with overcoming your past to find peace. The third film will deal with overcoming what others think of you and following what you know in your heart. Po's father will come and expect Po to come back to live with the other Pandas as a farmer, Po, liking his life and adopted family wants to stay but knows his biological father really loves him and has trouble denying him. Meanwhile, a new villain will prepare to attack whose of a species that's always demonized (a Bat would probably be a great choice, I could see it working on many levels) and has allowed himself/herself to become the bad guy because that's what everyone believed them to be. Po gives in and goes with his father, right before the new villain attacks, proving too powerful to defeat without him and capturing the valley. Po, hearing of this, blames his father at first, but then realizes he was the one who chose to do it and tells this to his father, who fully accepts his decision, even if he's slightly upset. Po returns to the valley and frees his friends before the final battle. Like the last two films, Po will try to share his enlightenment with the villain, who ultimately rejects it and is defeated for good. Well clearly it might not go like that, but I think it'd be a good basis for the film.
Po was Eddie Riggs in another life.Aside from the obvious, both are decently competent fighters whose real strength is teaming up with their already powerful allies for absolutely devastating CombinationAttacks.
Po was the ancient ancestor of Peter the Panda.
The recipient's Reaction upon seeing the Dragon Scroll is really a reflection upon themselves.When Po first looks at it, he simply says, "It's Blank!" This indicates that he might see himself as a blank slate, or that he doesn't truly see himself. However, when Tai Lung sees it, his reaction is, "It's nothing!" This might show that he doesn't like himself at all.
In the next movie the Five will face a problem of Can't Catch Up.I think this will be brought on by two things. First off all, Po has been training for a much shorter period than any of them, and yet is roughly as good as them. Secondly, Master Shifu doesn't really know how to train Po. Yes, he's learned, to a degree, what Po's strengths are, but in the end he isn't really teaching him a Panda-specific style, so much as teaching him regular Kung Fu, with some accomodations made. Now, as of the end of KFP2 we know that Po's father is alive. Furthermore, in flashbacks it's revealed that he was a capable fighter and, after twenty years, has probably achieved Master status. Is he as good a master, in general terms, as Shifu? Probably not. But, is he more capable of playing to Po's strengths? Obviously. So, with him as his master, Po could be a God-Mode Sue within a month.
Tai Lung will return in the third movie, having survived the Wu Xi Finger Hold.
There are two dragon warriors.The other dragon warrior is Tai Lung. Ok, stick with me here. This is actually a combination of two theories above (three if you count the numerous theories that Tai Lung is alive): That Oogway denying Tai Lung the scroll was a Secret Test of Character, and that Oogway would have given him the scroll if he'd shown humility. Secondly, there's the theory that Shen wiped out the Snow Leopards along with the Pandas, in his determination to destroy all possible candidates for "a warrior of black and white." Now, if we accept that Tai Lung COULD HAVE BEEN the Dragon Warrior, that leaves us with a problem regarding destiny: How could he have been the Dragon Warrior, if it was Po's destiny...unless they were BOTH destined to be the Dragon Warrior(s)...and, furthermore, they're STILL both destined to be the Dragon Warrior(s). I think this fits with the series' themes of balance. Yes, Po is balanced within himself, but he's still only one side of the equation: he's friendly, easy going, and focused on soft-style. While all of the Five, to some degree, represent his opposite, none of them are his equal, and thus none of them can fully be his counter-balance. However, Tai Lung is his EXACT counter-balance. Hard-work obsessed, and hard-style focused. Had he shown humility, he would dealt with Shen twenty years earlier, and saved alot of collateral damage. Furthermore, when Oogway announced the second Dragon Warrior, and everyone else mocked Po, the much-humbled Tai Lung would have been there to teach him. To Tai Lung Po's willingness to commit himself would have been a sign that Po was worthy of learning Kung Fu, no matter what anyone else thought, Shi Fu included. Even more significantly, where it took the others so much time to see Po's strengths, Tai Lung would have grasped them almost immediate, the first time he sparred with Po, and his pressure-point techniques proved useless. Had Tai Lung humbled himself, Shen would have been crushed twenty years sooner, Po's training would have gone much more easily, and the valley would now have two Dragon Warriors protecting it. But, there was no Yin to Po's Yang, which caused problems. Now, its up to Po to redeem Tai Lung, and restore balance.
Crane was trying to hint to Po that he could succeed by focusing on his strengths.Ok, I'm sure we all remember the scene where Crane said that Po should "just leave," only to reveal that he was talking about the room, not the Temple. There are basically two obvious interpretations of that: 1) Crane honestly just meant the room, and used a poor choice of words, or 2) He meant the temple, but then changed it to avoid hurting Po's feelings. But, I realized there's another interpretation: Crane knew that Po could succeed, but that he couldn't learn the same way they did. If you think about Crane's backstory, he knew that what others perceive as disabilities can often be your greatest strengths, if applied correctly. He may have even recognized some of Po's strengths (ability to do anything for food, and protection from damage via fat), but he couldn't just tell Shifu "You're doing it wrong!" Instead, by "this is my room" he was trying to subtly hint "This is the way we do things, you need to find your own room/style." Given Crane's timid personality, this seems like the kind of thing he might have tried to do.
Tai Lung believed he was destined to kill ShenThink about it: "A warrior of black and white". Hmmmmmmmm........
One of the next movies will involve a toned down expy!Mongol invasion of China.Because what are the odds that they'll stay solely in the boundaries of China for six whole movies after having a villain threatening all of China in only the second? On the same note, expect expy!Japanese ninjas eventually.
The Wuxi Fingerhold isn't fatal.What it actually does is drain your Chi and then uses that energy to teleport you somewhere (where depends on the person, possibly?). It does cause a MASSIVE explosion however, obviously, in doing so, which is what Shifu meant by "the hardest part is having to clean up afterwards". This would explain why after Po used the hold on Tai Lung, there's no corpse left behind or any sign that the body itself actually exploded.
A future film in the series will involve a villain resurrecting a Kung Fu-Fighting Army of the Dead, which would include all previous villains who died.Because how FREAKING AWESOME would that be?!
Mei Ling is related or somehow associated with the Wu SistersThey look rather alarmingly alike. Maybe this connection will be explored in the animated show.
The Wuxi fingerhold teleports the victim somewhere far away.
Oogway actually explained why Tai Lung couldn't have the scroll, we just didn't see it on screen.All we saw in the flashback was him shaking his head and walking away. Tai Lung would probably have said 'what do you mean, no?' then Oogway would have explained why he couldn't have it, but Tai Lung would be too pigheaded to listen and learn from that. Oogway's not an idiot after all.
Monkey will get drunk at some pointAnd will create a new martial arts form under the influence.
The villain of the third film will have green or black as his color.The first two films used a lot of color symbolism for their villains, each one using a different color. The color is always used in intense scenes to help establish the serious mood. In the first film, blue was used for Tai Lung, representing his cold and relentless nature. In the second film, red was used for Shen, representing his violent and hateful nature. The villain of the third film will have a color of his own, possibly either bright green (to represent toxicity) or black (to represent darkness).
The third film will be entirely in hand-drawn animationThe second film had more hand drawn than the first.
The gorillas in the sequel are actually GigantopithecusGorillas in China seem to be a serious case of Misplaced Wildlife... but in ancient (prehistoric) China there was a large gorilla-like ape called Gigantopithecus. Maybe a few of the last specimens of Gigantopithecus are serving in Shen's army. This theory is supported by their size, which is quite big compared to Real Life gorillas.
The orphans never accepted Tigress.Ok, there's a good chance that Po was being an Unreliable Narrator in Secrets of the Furious Five, simplifying much more complicated events into quick Ephiphany Therapy, for the sake of teaching his students An Aesop. Of all the stories, Crane's seems the most likely to have happened more or less exactly as he said it did, and Tigress' seems the most likely to have been alterred. In her story, Shifu seemed much more eager to take her in than in the flashback we saw in the original movie. The more likely series of events: Shifu did teach her to control her strength, but there was still no one willing to trust her (seem odd to anyone else that all the orphans just suddenly started liking her, but somehow they still couldn't find anyone willing to adopt her), so Shifu took her in as a matter of duty, not of real compassion.
If Po and Tigress ever become a couple, they will adopt their children.They were both adopted themselves, so it makes sense that they would want to continue the pattern. Also, the Kung Fu Panda universe isn't the same sort of fantasy land established in the Shrek series (where anything goes), so it's unlikely that DreamWorks will give us Mix-and-Match Critters like they did with Donkey and Dragon. Again, if Po and Tigress become a couple...
Tigress would be a Tiger Mom!
The reason Master Oogway could defeat Tai Lung so easily is that in the Kung Fu Panda world, Size/Strength/Muscles are meaningless compared to TRUE Mastery.Oogway may have been an Ancient Mutan...uh, Kungfu Turtle but to casually defeat with a mere touch, a much larger, possibly even stronger and faster, younger, furious, in the midst of a Roaring Rampaging, combatant that was the prime candidate for Champion of your own school of martial arts takes Weak, but Skilled Up to Eleven!
Tai Lung could have escaped at any time during 20 years in prison. If he wanted to.The reason he willingly stayed in jail was probably the same reason Master Shifu (at Kung Fu Panda 2) said about Sages spending an ungodly amount of time staying perfectly still and meditating to attain "Inner Peace". Sadly, it didn't seem Tai Lung spent much time getting "Inner Peace". My guess is that, being the Martial Arts Genius he was, he spent that time reverse engineering Master Oogway's attack, inventing ways to counter it and gathering his chi, and waiting for the only one who could stop him to die of old age. After all, if he wanted to escape earlier, he never needed a duck feather. He had a face full of whisker after all. He might have decided to just break out right then and there out of sheer coincidence since he was going go do it then anyway, or he knew what news of a new Dragon Warrior meant. Oogway was finally retiring to a higher plane. A new (likely inexperienced) Dragon Warrior is getting the scroll. The time was ripe for him to snatch it!
Atrophy does not happen, or can be countered with Kung Fu Mastery in this worldIRL, immobilization for even a few weeks would make muscle mass and functional strength shrink to near useless levels. In the Kung Fu Panda world, 20 years locked in a turtle shaped box while shackled still does nothing more than give you a few krinks you can stretch out in a few moments. Hell, if anything, being locked in a turtle shaped box for 20 years seems to be GOOD for you. (And bad for Rhino guards...)
Tai Lung BELIEVED in the supposed Power of the Dragon Scrolls to the very End.
Po's dad (the goose) is a Zen Survivor of some sort. Rivaling Oogway in wisdom if not brash courage.He may seem like a humble noodle shop vendor content with his lot in life but it was his advice that was key to understanding the Dragon Scrolls. Master Shifu, Shen Long, the Furious Five, none of them got it at first glance. But the GOOSE, had the answer brfore the question was asked.
Lord Shen was not actually responsible for the massacre of the Panda village.If you watch closely we never actually see him or his soldiers actually killing anyone in the flashbacks. Likewise, he never actually says he did it in his dialogue. He just happened to arrive at the village with his troops just in time to get blamed for it; this is the real reason he's so resentful towards his parents—they actually believed he was capable of something like that and exiled him for a crime he didn't commit without even bothering to listen to his side of the story. Lord Shen does know who is actually responsible, and his whole obsession with building an army and creating cannons was really about protecting the kingdom from this threat, even if they all hated him. Which means that all Po and the Furious Five actually succeeded in doing in the second movie is eliminating the one thing protecting their kingdom from a massive threat.
Tai Lung was a metaphor for Moses, while Shen was a metaphor for JesusAdmitely Shen = Jesus is more obvious than Tai Lung = Moses, but let me explain. Tai Lung, like Moses, was the surviver of a massacre of his people (assumed to be destroyed by Lord Shen alongside the pandas, making Lord Shen also a metaphor for the Old Testament Yahweh, who is thought as having been God the Son before being incarnated as Jesus by some theologists), and was raised by Shifu, who is a stand-in for the pharaoh (Oogway = Ra/Horus). Much like Moses was raised as being the heir of the throne, Tai Lung was raised to be the Dragon Warrior. This makes the parallel even more obvious when one considers that the pharaoh was the link between Ra/Horus and the people of Egypt, just like Tai Lung would be the emissary for peace as appointed by Oogway. However, external conflicts both made Moses and Tai Lung deviate from their paths for the exact opposite (the freedom of the jews, the "darkness in the heart", which was probably Oogway's B Sing anyways), making them pariahs and tormented by their enemies. You might think that Tai Lung's final fate is the opposite of Moses', but actually it isn't. Much as we now know the hebrews weren't actually opressed in Ancient Egypt, and might actually have had slaves themselves, Tai Lung's point of view was disproven. This means Po and the Furious Five are actually symbolic of scientific progress, therefore proving how meaningless Tai Lung's rebellion was, leaving him no choice but death, just like Moses is essentially a meaningless, obsolete figure. Lord Shen is Jesus for very obvious reasons. Like Jesus in Revelation, Lord Shen is white and red in colour, a figure of divine wrath further solidified by his name, which means "divinity" in Chinese. Lord Shen was born to normal parents, who were artificers (just like Jesus' parents were carpenters), but he twisted their profession (Jesus made carpentery a noble pursuit, Shen made fireworks lethal). Eventually, both gather violent cultists, and with them they commit genocide in name of a divine ideal (the death of white and black races for Shen, the violent early christian uprisings for Jesus). This leads to persecution from the local authorithy (the peacocks for Shen, the romans for Christianity, and therefore the Holy Spirit), but return stronger than ever (Shen kills the gay rhino, Christianity destroys paganism and Jesus will return in Revelation) and plan global domination and assimilation. Once again, Po and the Furious Five return, intending to stop Shen's/Jesus' madness. Shen is revealed as having made Po an orphan, just like newer historical finds show a darker side to Jesus and the early christians. Shen/Jesus then launches a final attempt at taking over the world, but Po/Sophia, renewed with sacred knowledge, promptly destroys the canon/religious fundamentalism, and Shen dies (ironically killing himself with his own weapon, just like Jesus died thanks to jewish faith and just like Christianity undermines itself with it's hypocrisy). For further bonus, Po and the Furious Five are associted with gold, and thus the light of the Sun, while Tai Lung is associated with blue fire that he carries on his hands (symbolising the parting waters and the primordial, chaotic darkness), and Shen is associated with fire and metal (symbolising both the planet Venus [Jesus is associated with the Morning Star in the New Testament]).
The effects of the Wuxi Fingerhold depend on the victim.Remember how Shifu mentioned that the worst part of the Wuxi Fingerhold was cleaning up afterwards? Yet when the move is used on Tai Lung, there is just a wave of light. Why? Because the Wuxi Fingerhold is the ultimate form of self-suggestion. The fear of the move is so powerful that one ends up destroying oneself the exact way one pictured it. If used on Po, for example, it would leave quite a mess because that's how Po pictured how the Wuxi Fingerhold worked. Tai Lung on the other hand probably only knew that the hold was very powerful and not to be used by any means. Tai Lung built up an image of a mystical move beyond mortal comprehension, hence the waves of chi.
Po and Tigress will never be togetherAfter seeing the sequel three times in a row, and having a Kung Fu Panda dream, I came to the realisation that they can never be together specifically because of the squicky implication of them not being the same species. How would that work? Even showing them kiss in the film would be squicky. Thinking like a filmmaker here, so bear with me. What I predict will hapen is that in the future films Tigress will meet a love interest, a rival to Po, dashing and handsome kung fu tiger. Po will be jealous of him, and Tigress will inevitably call him out on it. Bonus points if her love interest turns evil. At the end of the film they will show that they care about eachother and become close friends but nothing more.
Po didn't defeat Tai Lung, he merely delayed him.Po somehow used the power of the elders' scroll to, instead of kill him, cast him adrift in time. Tai Lung wasn't training to be the *dragon* warrior for nothing!
The villain of the sixth movie will actually listen to Po.Each movie has an aesop or lesson for Po to learn in order for him to become more and more of a Kung Fu master. And at the end of each movie, Po shared his revelation with the villain and offered a chance for redemption. And at the end of each movie, the villain spat in Po's face and proceeded to attack him which led to them being defeated once and for all. I believe that at the end of the sixth and final movie, the villain will actually understand Po's words and accept his offer for redemption. This would show that Po has not only finished his journey of becoming a Kung Fu master, but begin his journey as a mentor for future generations.
Crane and Viper will become the beta couple to Po and Tigress.It will foil Po and Tigresses relationship by having Viper be the instigator with Monkey and Mantis being the two Shippers on Deck for Crane. Giving the other four main characters something to do for the last four movies.
Po's biological father will return as a villainLosing his wife, infant son and most of his species will have turned him angry and bitter. Now that he knows Po is alive he'll be driven to find him and take him away, and Lord help whomever gets in his way or claims to be Po's family. Po will be unable to bring himself to fight his biological father up until one of the people he loves gets hurt.
Po will be in love with Tigress in the third movie.Note: I said that Po will be in love with Tigress, not that they will get together or that she would even return his affections. Word of God says that Po faces two challenges in the third movie; one is supernatural and the other is 'a little closer to home'. The way that that's worded gives the impression that it's an emotional affair and that it's a secret for now.
The scroll isn't a standard western animation moral of "be yourself" or "it's inside you", but a Daoist/Zen oneBecause "There is no secret ingredient." is a very Zen and Daoist kind of saying. And Oogway seemed to have a very Daoist way of viewing the world.
Po will have a panda fan club.It must happen.
Oogway will be the Big Bad in the final filmSort of. Oogway created the Dragon Scroll in hopes that one day the Dragon Warrior will rise and become the greatest kung fu master in the world. When the time comes, Oogway will challenge him/her to a great battle that will decide if the Dragon Warrior is worthy enough to become his successor and carry on the legacy of kung fu.
Mr. Ping is secretly a retired kungfu master in hiding who opened up a noodle shop after giving up kungfu.It's probably not a coincidence that he is wise to the aesops of the two films. As for why he doesn't get involved any fighting, maybe he's been out of practice long enough that he can't fight anymore.
Kung Fu Panda takes place in the same universe as Robin Hood
There will be a movie that focuses on an invading forceIt could be like the Huns, led by a family of Siberian tigers. Bonus points for Tigress actually being related to this family, finding out over the course of the movie, and then having to decide whether or not to accept her family name. This movie could also have more of a focus on how the Furious Five formed, and actually give them some character development.