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Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 CG-animated Dramedy from DreamWorks Animation, balanced between Funny Animal humor, gorgeous art, and epic martial arts action.

Set in an anthropomorphic animal version of Chinese legend, the story follows Po, the (obviously adopted) son of a noodle shop owner. A gushing fanboy of kung fu, Po is a lumbering, awkward and gluttonous Manchild who lives in the shadow of the legendary Jade Palace, home of six of China's greatest kung-fu warriors. When their Old Master, Oogway, makes his selection of the Dragon Warrior, Po is astounded to learn that it's him. His battle for acceptance by the people he's looked up to his whole life leads him on both comic and tragic turns, especially once he finds out what being The Chosen One actually means: fighting Tai Lung, the One-Man Army who believes he deserves the title of Dragon Warrior... and will destroy anyone who objects. And Po still hasn't learned kung fu.


The film's fusion of classic kung-fu tropes, Funny Animal slapstick, and The Hero's Journey has proven extremely successful. DreamWorks has produced two sequels — Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016). A fourth film is set for release in 2024. The franchise also includes two TV series — one on Nickelodeon called Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (without most of the original voice actors), and another on Amazon Prime called Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, as well as the prime time Christmas Special Kung Fu Panda Holiday, and several theme park rides, most notably Kung Fu Panda Adventure.


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