It is amazingly clear that love has been put in the art. The action is well-paced, the colours are nice and especially the opening sequence (in good old 2D) and the bad guy's prison breakout are eyecandy. I think this movie is worth a watch just to see how fast and dynamic the action scenes are and how much fun the animators have with composition. But there is a story. A story about a panda named Po who idolizes five legendary kung fu fighters and joins them because he is The Chosen One (sort of) and is to master the secret technique on the dragon scroll. I'm going to spoil some things that are only spoilers if you spent your childhood asleep, because by God is this movie predictable. He seems to be completely useless, but when his master finds out the way to train him is through his stomach it suddenly goes at top speed. Meanwhile the five great kung fu fighters have their asses handed to them by the antagonist. He gets three action sequences to show us how totally Badass he is, including beating the living daylight out of his teacher. Oh boy. I sure do hope that dragon scroll isn't a reflective surface with an "it was in you all along" message attached to it and that this eventually leads to the panda single-handly defeating the antagonist (smiling) even though he has barely had any training. Po is funny at times, but I got the feeling someone was walking around with a plot for a semi-serious movie in their head and was told it needed more whackiness. The relationship between Master Shifu and his protégée-turned-evil is the most interesting thing in the movie and Tigress', who was probably an interesting character in earlier versions, gets some hints of a history that get pushed aside to deliver An Aesop about how you just have to believe in yourself. But hey, whoever came up with the idea to make a panda (second only to sad puppies on nature's scale of woobieness) the loser protagonist was onto something, and at least we can expect more nice visuals from the sequel.
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