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  • All-Star Cast:
    • Jack Black, Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, David Cross and Michael Clarke Duncan are either primary focus characters or have significant roles in the film.
    • In the Japanese dub, Po is voiced by the musician and bassist Tatsuya Yamaguchi, albeit only in the first two films, when he's replaced with Setsuji Sato instead in the third one. Master Tigress is voiced by Yoshino Kimura, who played the Japanese wife in Blindness.
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    • In the Mexican Spanish one, Po is voiced by the comedian Omar Chaparro.
    • In the Castillian Spanish one, Po is voiced by the comedian Florentino "Flo" Fernandez.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Aside from the All-Star Cast, Wayne Knight does the voice of the lead thug during the opening Dream Sequence.
  • 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. Kung Fu Panda 3 blew that one away. It later went 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.
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  • Life Imitates Art: Dustin Hoffman (Shifu) tutored Jack Black (Po) on acting during production.
  • The Other Darrin: In video games, spin-off TV series, and commercials, this is usually the case. For instance, Mick Wingert does the voice of Po whenever Jack Black is too busy - except for one video game where Eric Loomis did it. Both of them, by the way, do very good impressions of Jack.
  • Playing Against Type:
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  • Playing Gertrude: Dustin Hoffman as Shifu, the foster father of Tai Lung, voiced by Ian Mcshane. In real life, Hoffman is only five years older than Mcshane.
  • 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.
  • Sleeper Hit: At first, everyone thought that this would just be a comedic parody of Kung Fu films, never once suspecting that it would be the start of one of the most popular movie franchises in America and China.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: Po became a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon in 2010.
  • 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 likable 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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