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Ursinho da Pesada, known in English as The Little Panda Fighter, is a 2008 Brazilian Direct to Video film by Vídeo Brinquedo that is, to say the least, "inspired" by Kung Fu Panda. A panda named Pancada works at a boxing club, but dreams of becoming a professional dancer. His boss, hoping to get back in the ring, fights a bear named Teddy Thunders, but due to an incident with the washing machine, everyone thinks he's Pancada. Now, Pancada is forced to fight in the ring for a battle that could determine the fate of the business.

See also Chop Kick Panda, another Kung Fu Panda knockoff.

This film provides examples of:

  • Batman Gambit: At the end of the movie, Polaris bets all of his money on Pancada losing to Teddy Thunders, and is able to hand the Bear Bar Box over to Pancada, who turns it into a dance club, while Polaris retires to the icy mountains.
  • Broken Aesop: The movie tries to teach the viewers the "be yourself" aesop, but since Polaris (who was pretending to be Pancada in the boxing ring) gets away with his treachery, the message is ultimately twisted into "you can totally be what you are not".
  • Clark Kenting: Taken up to eleven. Polaris the polar bear manages to hide his identity by putting on a leotard and a bandit mask while fighting the current boxing champion Teddy Thunders, and when his disguise shrinks instead of being exposed everyone thinks he's Pancada the panda, even though they look completely different.
  • Coincidental Accidental Disguise: When Polaris' leotard and mask shrink in the wash on a night when Pancada happens to not be working (since he was attending a dance audition), the audience mistakenly believes he is Pancada.
  • Covers Always Lie: The artwork on the cover looks much better than the film's actual animation. Plus, the scene showchased does not appear in the actual movie.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Pancada never had much of a chance against Teddy Thunders.
  • Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Averted. There are no kung-fu-fights, but boxing. And Pancada isn't very good at boxing, because he wants to be a dancer. The cover lies, as mentioned above, to get the attention of Kung Fu Panda-fans.
  • Fighting Panda: Averted as well for the same reason above. Pandaca is a boxer who would rather be a dancer, and the movie pretty much has nothing to do with kung-fu.
  • Karma Houdini: Polaris pretty much tricks everyone into giving him their money, and gets away with it.
  • Limited Animation: In one scene, Beth says, the boxing club is sold out, but no customer can be seen.
  • The Mockbuster: A pretty flagrant rip-off of Kung Fu Panda.
  • Never Trust a Title: The titular panda is not "little", as he is one of the largest characters in the movie. Plus, he only fights for thirty seconds at the end of the movie, and he gets his ass kicked.
  • Non-Action Guy: Pancada would prefer to dance rather than fight.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: A bunch of people come up to Pancada and commend him on what they thought were his fighting skills and he thinks they're talking about his dancing audition, even though they were clearly not there watching. This is soon followed by another one between Pancada and Polaris, which is even more poorly constructed.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Honey serves no purpose in the story aside from being Pancada's Love Interest.
  • Shout-Out: One of the opponents is clearly an evil version of Tender Heart.


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Danny Gonzalez female bear

Danny remarks the absurdity of the female bear in Little Panda Fighter having a human-esque figure.

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