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Film review: Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda

Release date

Kung Fu Panda, out 4 July. It's a PG.

The stars

Jack Black is the voice of Po, a young panda who dreams of being a kung fu star but seems to be better at chopping veggies than he is blocks.

Angelina Jolie and real life kung fu expert Jackie Chan voice Tigress and Monkey, two of Po's idol group, the Furious Five.

The plot

Po the panda is working away miserably in the family noodle café, which his dad wants him to take over one day.

But when the master of the kung fu temple decides it's time to choose the dragon warrior - the best fighter in existence - big, clumsy Po is accidentally selected. He's over the moon to be chosen and can't wait to start training with his idols, the Furious Five, and their master, Shifu.

But some people think Po will never be good enough to be the real dragon warrior. The only way he might prove them wrong is by taking on everyone's arch enemy - the evil, deadly and terrifying snow leopard, Tai Lung.

Will he fight or flee?

Best bits

After dragging Po out into the wilderness to train, Shifu discovers that the best way to make the panda fight is for a bowl of food! The fight that follows is the funniest and best in the whole film - the action will nearly make you dizzy.

Fave characters

Thai Lung is genuinely scary and Po's dad is so silly he'll make you giggle, but the real star is still Po himself - he's so determined and excitable and the lines he comes out with are hilarious!

Any weak bits?

The whole film is definitely one of the better ones so far this year and its setting in a mountain village makes it stand out too, because it's so unusual for an action film. It would have been good to see more of the Furious Five but to be honest, Po's such a cool character that you don't really mind.

Hit or miss?

Pure awesomeness!

NR rating:

NR rating

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Your Comments

"I thought it was boring for the first five minutes, but after that it got better and funnier."

Emily, 8, Telford, England

"It's the best film ever and my fave part was when Po was trying to get up the stairs and when he got to the top he just fell down again!"

Aoife, 8, Dublin, Ireland

"I did not like it at all, it is more for younger children."

Sam, 11, Norwich, England

"It was good but the part were Tigress and the baddy were fighting on the bridge was just boring."

Nim, 8, Surrey, England

"I watched Kung Fu Panda on the way to America and I thought it was good. I liked it that even though he was fat and everyone said he couldn't do it, in the end he saved them. I liked it and would buy it on DVD."

Chloe, 12, Preston, England

"I think Kung Fu Panda was brilliant. The storyline was very good the moral was even better. Funny and enjoyable. I thought it was going to be for younger kids but it wasn't. Pure awesomeness!"

Dale, 14, Torquay, England

"I found it was a bit boring at the start but throughout the movie it has the odd quirky comment. At the end it was so funny. I think it is one to watch!!!"

Alex, 13, Norwich, England

"One of the most hilarious films I have ever seen. Jack Black was the perfect person to play Po. And I wouldn't have guessed that the monkey was Jackie Chan! I reckon that Kung Fu Panda gets a 10/10 and a billion bonus points!"

Richy, 11, Shropshire, England

"I thought the film was brilliant. It had great comedy and is a must see for all ages. Jack Black voices Po brilliantly."

Dan, 12, Huddersfield, England

"I thought that Kung Fu Panda was really funny and that the picture was good. I thing it was great because it was telling us it does matter was you look like, it's who you are and the person inside that counts."

Emma, 9, Dudley, England

"Kung Fu Panda is such a childish movie that the producers should be ashamed of it. BORING!!!"

Zahraa, 10, London, England

"It was one of the best movies I have seen in a while! Made me giggle my head off!"

Leah, 10, Bath, England

"It's so cool. Everyone has to watch it. My favourite film so far this year. A good family movie."

Izzy, 11, Northampton, England

"I thought it was very good but because I'm 10 I thought it was a bit babyish."

Emma, 10, Sunderland, England

"Kung Fu Panda is brilliant. It is one of the best films I have ever seen. It was really funny and I don't see why some people think it is childish."

Sam, 9, Fife, Scotland

"I think Ku Fu Panda is GREAT! I think it is made for all ages. When I first saw it I thought it would be quite boring but instead it was brillient. I would rate it 10/10!"

Millie, 9, Oxford, England

"I thought Kung Fu Panda was really good and really funny. It's ideal if you're down in the dumps and need cheering up. Go Kung Fu Panda!"

Rosie, 10, Nottingham, England

"I thought it was great because it gave people a lot of fun and lessons. After I watched this film, I got up some courage, so I loved it."

Kelly, 11, South Korea

"It was very boring after the first five minutes. I had seen all the best bits on the adverts. 1/2 out of 5. A disappointment."

Alex, 12, Birmingham, England

"How can people say this is boring? It has a perfect balance between action and comedy with fantastic animation. Jack Black is a comic genius; he was perfect for Po. And Tai Lung is awesome! The only negative thing I have to say is it's a bit unrealistic in parts with Tai Lung. 9/10."

Rosie, 12, London, England

"Am I the only one thinking this film was very poor, maybe because the hype made you expect something amazing? Don't get me wrong, I love animation, like Bee Movie, but this film was just really bad. Maybe four-year-olds will see this, but I doubt anyone else."

Clive, 14, London, England

"This film is so cool and shows people you can be anything! My family love it and I do not agree that it is boring."

Mia, 11, Manchester, England

"It was an amazing film. 100/100. I've seen it three times and I'm definitely going to buy the film!!!"

Francesca, 10, Surrey, England

"I loved the movie. When I went on holiday to Singapore the movie came out and I was dying to see it. I begged my mum and she said yes; she wasn't very excited, but she was laughing a lot and in the end she loved it - we even went to see it again!!!"

Naomi, 10, Sydney, Australia

"I really enjoyed Kung Fu Panda as it has an important message that you can do anything if you believe in yourself. I loved the part where Tai Lung got sat on. Po is a very loveable character. I wish there was more Furious Five kung fu action."

Lauren, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"It's a good movie with a good plot. It should have a U rating though."

Sam, 13, South Wales

"It's really, really funny and makes you giggle until you cry."

James, 9, Poole, England

"I thought it was really good. It could be a little less scary in places, but overall it is really quite funny once you've got into the movie."

Ella, 9, Bristol, England

"I went to see it with my best friend and she liked it, but I thought it was boring and short. Younger children would like it."

Rose, 11, Newcastle, England

"It taught me a lesson, which was that we must have belief in ourselves that we can do it."

Edmond, 11, Hong Kong, China

"Kung Fu Panda was great and made me laugh so much. My fave part was when you saw Tigress as a cub as she was really cute."

Shannon, 12, Swindon, England

"I thought Kung Fu Panda was really funny and the storyline was great. It is one of the must-see movies this year."

Katie, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"This film was awesome and I don't agree with people saying it was awful and childish. It is a great family movie."

Terri-Anne, 13, Middlesbrough, England

"Amazingly funny; I saw it two times and it never gets boring."

Amy, 10, Chelmsford, England

"Brill! Great fun and Po is so unpredictably funny and brilliant. My parents loved it, too, so it's good that we agree on something for a change!"

Daniel, 14, Surrey, England

"I thought that Kung Fu Panda was not as good as the adverts. It was the type of film where you know what will happen in the end."

Andrew, 11, Yorkshire, England

"I thought that this film did not live up to the expectations I had for it. I thought it would be much funnier than it was."

Molly, 10, London, England

"Really awful, in my opinion! Very childish, silly and a bit stupid, really. But maybe younger kids might enjoy it!"

Amy, 13, UK

"I thought it was great and showed people if you believe you can achieve anything."

Haleema, 9, London, England

"It was great but in some parts I got a little bored. It was funny at first and I enjoyed it. I would give it 9/10."

Reiss, 9, Solihull, England

"I think it is really bad because of the fighting in it and it's a PG! Give my brother a chance and he would copy the moves."

Abby, 12, Chichester, England

"I was rather disappointed with this film. Most of the funny lines were shown in the adverts! But the final scene between Po and Tai Lung was really funny and exciting."

Graham, 13, Exeter, England

"I've seen Kung Fu Panda and would give it a 3.5/5 rating because you could predict what was going to happen in a way and it gets a bit boring after a bit. But I thought it was a good story and had some comedy in and overall I really enjoyed it."

Sophie, 10, London, England

"I wasn't sure what to expect when I went to see Kung Fu Panda; I thought it might be a very average, childish film. But it was amazing! It was really original and the script and characters were so funny. I loved it! 10/10."

Maya, 13, Belfast, England

"I think it's a great movie and it's so funny I nearly fell to the floor! I would let any child watch it with their parents. I would highly recommend it to all my classmates."

Hannah, 8, Trafford, England

"It was so good I couldn't stop doing Kung Fu!"

Anay, 9, London, England

"Best film ever, ever, ever. The thing I liked about the film was that it was funny, sharp and bouncy and an animal story."

Shamima, 11, Blackburn, England

"I went with a friend and at first I thought I would just get so bored but you know what? I never was. It was a great film with parts that were just too funny to be true!!!"

Sophia, 11, Cambridge, England

"I think it is a great movie because it has fun parts and sad parts and I love Kung Fu."

Shawna, 10, Colchester, England

"I saw Kung Fu Panda at my birthday three weeks ago with my friends - it was FAB! In fact, it was so good that four days later I went to see it again with my family! I got a little confused in the middle because I thought Tigress was Tai Lung but I got it in the end. It made me laugh out loud!"

Rachel, 9, Wirral, England

"I think Kung Fu Panda was a great film because it was really funny. Jack Black was perfect for the part of Po. It was a very successful film."

Sarah, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"I thought this film was really funny!! I really enjoyed it and want to get it on DVD when it comes out!"

Phoebe, 11, Bury, England

"It's a funny film with lots of humour in it and it's great for family entertainment."

Zoe-Anne, 8, Reading, England

"I thought that Kung Fu Panda was hilarious and Jack Black's voice just suited Po very well. I had lots of good laughs and I hope they try and do a sequel to the best film in the world."

Emma, 10, Hartlepool, England

"Kung Fu Panda had me laughing and entertained me throughout. Jack Black as Po didn't fail to have me in hysterics. The film has a plot that is different to other animated films and the punchlines were worthy of being laughed at. I would recommend this film to anyone of any age - it's an innocent comedy that will live on and be enjoyed time and time again."

Natalie, 10, Nuneaton, England

"When I saw the trailer I thought it would be boring but I went to see it and it was GREAT. It was really funny and it has an important message in it."

Emily, 13, Kidderminster, England

"This film is brilliant and the best animation film I've seen in my whole life. Everyone has to see it, even adults! Ha ha! Out of 100 I give it 1000."

Jessica, 11, London, England

"I really enjoyed this film, especially at the end. It was really funny, and I was so happy that he won the fight. I took my friend to see it with me, and it was so good she went to see it again."

Bethany, 10, Newcastle, England

"I thought it was a great film although before I thought it would be childish. I especially liked the animation of the monkey. 10/10."

Andy, 12, Copenhagen, Denmark

"I thought Kung Fu Panda was great! First of all it was funny; secondly it was not scary but it was surprising when Ty Lung opened his eyes; and thirdly there were loads of fights. I would give it a 10/10!"

Yousif, 9, Leeds, England

"I think Kung Fu Panda was hilarious and very impressive at the same time. I loved all the characters so I couldn't pick a single favourite character. My rating is 100/5."

Esme, 11, Southampton, England

"Kung Fu Panda is great. It is not just for kids but for adults, too. Out of 10 I give it 11."

Eleanor, 12, Bristol, England

"I thought it was so cool! The humour in it is hilarious! I like Po, Monkey and Po's dad!"

Ellie, 10, Ireland

"I think Kung Fu Panda was the best film I have ever seen. Jack Black made Po's voice very funny. All the characters were very funny. I don't think a single film will beat it this year. I think it should be at the top of the MOVIE CHARTS!"

Morgan, 9, Nottinghamshire, England

"It's a very funny film you; have to watch it !!!! 10 out of 10."

Simran, 9, Coventry

"I thought it was the best movie I've seen in a long run, but over here in Ireland I'm sad to say it got bad reviews. I know, terrible! But overall I thought it was great!."

Ruth, 13, Ireland

"This movie is hilarious and has an amazing cast as well. It stars Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu. This movie also has a fantastic storyline and dialogue. I give this movie 9 out of 10."

Daniel, 12, Newport

"This is such a good movie. They're showing fights are bad, but when you are saving the world you need to stand up, and this movie does it in a comedy way."

Ridge, 11, Auckland, New Zealand

"WOW - I went to see this with my friends; we were all in stitches laughing. It was amazing. I wasn't expecting it to be that good and I had to be forced to see it, but now I'm glad I did."

Natasha, 11, Newcastle, England

"I was surprised at this film. I thought that it would be too childish and corny for me; however, I found it absolutely hilarious! The animation is jaw-dropping and spectacular. It also had really outstanding fight scenes. Brilliant. Five stars."

James, 14, Stafford, England

"I think Kung Fu Panda was the best film ever! It was really funny, too! My kitten is a bit like Tai Lung - he's really wild and out of control!!"

Ellie, 9, Birmingham, England

"It was one of my top five films! I loved the kung fu action scenes. My younger sister loved it!"

Flora, 11, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I saw it on the day it came out with my best mate and we both thought that overall it was so AWESOME!!!!!!!! A definite must see."

Jodie, 11, Thurrock, England

"This film was so funny! Jack Black is brill at playing the panda and I would love to see a second film of it!"

Olivia, 12, Swindon, England

"Kung Fu Panda was very good. I think it showed a lot of morals in it and it was quite funny."

Rob, 12, UK

"I thought Kung Fu Panda was funny in some parts. I think it would be a better movie for younger people than adults. I think the best character in it was Po, played by Jack Black; he was the funniest."

Chloe, 11, Northern Ireland

"It was boring; I felt like going to sleep."

Lizzie, 11, Sheffield, England

"This movie is sheer awesomeness. It's funny, it's got a great plot and the graphics are good - something all the recent animations aim to do but don't do very well, like Madagascar. ***** 5 out of 5."

Nile, 11, Middlesbrough, England

"I thought this film was really funny!!!! I can't wait until it comes out on DVD!!!! I'm going to buy it straight away!!!!"

Anna, 9, London, England

"This film is funny. My fave bit was when the panda went up on the chair with fireworks and when he landed in the temple he was the chosen one. If I had to mark this great film out of 10 it would be 9/10. Go and see it at a cinema near you."

Josh, 9, Cwmbran, Wales

"I think that Kung Fu Panda is an excellent film but is a bit boring."

Sandra, 10, London, England

"I thought Kung Fu Panda had some very funny bits, but I thought it dragged on a bit so I would give it four stars. I think the funniest bit was when Tai Lung said to Po, 'What are you gonna do? Sit on me?' and then Po said, 'Don't tempt me'."

Luke, 11, Lisburn, Northern Ireland

"I think Kung Fu Panda was great! Definitely one of the best films I've seen all year. 4-5 stars."

Beth, 10, Swindon, England

"I thought that this movie was the best. I absolutely loved it. Especially the tigress (Angelina Jolie)."

Sadiya, 12, Bradford, England

"Kung Fu Panda is one of the best films I've ever seen in my life. I can't wait until it comes out on DVD."

Sam, 12, Cornwall, England

"This is definitely one of the best films I've seen this year, I give this 10/10! It is one that you can watch over and over."

Rachel, 12, Portsmouth, England

"Kung Fu Panda, was, I'm sorry to say, rather disappointing. It stars Jack Black as Po the panda who apparently is a special warrior. I think it is more of a U than a PG. There were no good jokes and nothing made me laugh in it."

Chloe, 12, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I've seen this film a couple of times already and it's great. It's one of the best films I've ever seen."

Joe, 10, Sheringham, England

"Kung Fu Panda was absolutely fantastic. I would love to see it again. 5/5."

Sarit, 10, Manchester, England

"It's the best film I have seen in ages."

Safa, 10, London, England

"I thought Kung Fu Panda was the funniest film I have ever seen! The best part was when Po sat on the jaguar!"

Libby, 8, Wrexham, Wales

"It was really funny; and me and my friends were still laughing after we had gone home. I would give it 5/5."

Robyn, 13, Northern Ireland

"I love Kung Fu Panda. I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it to everyone."

Alia, 12, Liverpool, England

"Kung Fu Panda is a good film. Jack Black is very funny and I enjoyed the film from the first second to the end. ***** Five stars."

Harley, 10, Harrogate, England

"I went to see Kung Fu Panda and thought it would be really good but I thought it was a bit boring and silly."

Mitchell, 7, Bishop's Stortford, England