Spoiler Points for Kung Fu Panda (2008)

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Spoiler Points for Kung Fu Panda (2008) [PG] 92 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $14.00
DVD Release Date: 11 November 2008 (click date to purchase or pre-order)
After the Credits: There is a scene with Po and Shifu playfully eating (recall just before "The End" they both mention being hungry). note: an usher exclaimed, "That was the worst scene after the credits eve!" meaning it was too short and mostly insignificant, but you should be your own judge.
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Spoiler points for Kung Fu Panda:
• When the Dragon Warrior Selection ceremony commences, Po the Panda (Jack Black) finds himself locked out of the Jade Palace. He tries any manner of ingenious ways to get inside before his father can discover that he's foregone selling noodles for a chance to be at the historical event. Finally, he gets the idea to strap fireworks to a chair and rocket in, but just as his father approaches filled with disappointment. At which time the rockets sputter and shoot him straight up into the sky. He lands, flat on his face, at the foot of the Kung Fu Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) who subsequently selects him to be the Dragon Warrior over Master Shifu's five warrior students: Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Crane (David Cross).
• Neither Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) nor his five students much care for Po seeing his selection as an accident despite Oogway's professing that "There are no accidents."
• Word arrives from the deep, dark prison where Shifu's former student Tai Lung has been imprisoned, that Tai Lung (Ian McShane) has escaped arrives.
• Oogway passes on in a wind of rose petals leaving Shifu with only a few words of wisdom about working with Po to fulfill his destiny and rescue his own inner peace.
• Shifu believes, at first, the task impossible, but when he acts on his Master's words, he realizes the way to Po's training is through his stomach. Armed with a bowl of dumplings, he quickly uses his cunning to train Po who, likewise, is now eager to fulfill his own perceived destiny. Po emerges far more well trained and resilient than anyone could have foretold.
• But, that doesn't stop Tigress from leading the other students in an effort to stop Tai Long (Ian McShane), who cleverly escaped from prison the prison commanded by Commander Vachir (Michael Clarke Duncan) using a feather to unlock the restraints that have bound him for decades. Their encounter, however merely delays the return of Tai Long.
• Sheifu decides that Po is ready to receive the Dragon Scroll and unlock the secret to unlimited power. Po opens the scroll only to find it blank but covered with a reflective material. Their disappointment in the scroll's contents or lack thereof, forces Sheifu to order his students to evacuate the valley. He alone will face the wrath of Tai Long.
• Tai Long arrives and demands the scroll. When he finds it gone he takes his wrath out on Shifu. In the meantime, however, in a discussion with his father about his destiny, Po learns the secret ingredient to his father's noodle soup is "nothing". In fact it is the belief in oneself that is the key. And this makes him realize, in brilliant fashion (great kudos for the writers for thinking of this super moral), the key to the Dragon Scroll's reflective message. There is no message, just a reflection of that who possesses it. Beautiful concept!
• So, Po dashes back and cleverly defeats Tai Lung. (You'll have to see it to see how he does it—come on, you want to see this part and you know it!)
• Everyone is so proud of Po and happy to have him protecting their valley.
• Shifu and Po realize the value of their relationship as master and student.
• The film ends with peace in the valley, a new hero in place, and the two thinking about how hungry they are.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The final scene, with Po and Master Shifu eating dumplings was great! In fact, it was my favorite scene in the whole movie!