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Kung Fu Panda is a computer-animated comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animations. It premiered in 2008 and received both positive reviews and a #1 spot at the box office for its opening weekend.

The story, which is a classic hero’s journey and coming of age kind of story, is set in DreamWorks’s version of ancient China, a world populated by anthropomorphic talking animals. Production designer Raymond Zibach said in an interview that some of the biggest influences for him when working on the movie were artful martial arts films such as Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The main character in the movie is a clumsy giant panda named Po, who runs a noodle restaurant with his adopted father, a goose named Ping. The bambling Po is a big fan of kung fu and wants to become a kung fu master. To everyones surprise, Grand Master Oogway claims that Po is the chosen one; the Dragon Warrior that will save them when the vicious kung fu warrior Tai Lung escapes from prison to seek revenge.

Upon release, the movie showcased he most complex computer animations ever creeated by DreamWorks.

Kung Fu Panda opened in over 4,100 theatres and grossed well over $20 million on its opening day and over $60 million during its opening weekend, reaching the #1 position at the box office. This was DreamWorks largest opening for a non-sequel movie, and it became the highest grosing animated movie worldwide that year.


Main cast

Character Voiced by Info
PoJack BlackA giant panda


Energetic and accident-prone. Big fan of kung fu. Named by Master Oogway as the Dragon Warrior.

Master ShifuDustin HoffmanA red panda.


An elderly kung fu master.


Trainer of the Furious Five, and – reluctantly – also the trainer of Po.


Adoptive father of Tai Lung and Tigress.

Grand Master OogwayRandall Duk KimA Galápagos tortoise.


Very old.


Master Shifu’s mentor.


Leader of the Jade Palace.



Tai LungIan McShaneA snow leopard


Master Shifu’s adopted son and former student.


Was denied the Dragon Scroll by Oogway and rampaged through the Valley of Peace. Sent to prison, but has now escaped and is looking for revenge.

Master TigressAngelina JolieA South China tiger


Master Shifu’s adopted daughter and student.


Leader of the Furious Five.

Master ViperLucy LiuA green tree viper


Member of the Furios Five

Master MonkeyJackie ChanA golden snub-nosed monkey


Member of the Furious Five

Master MantisSeth RogenA Chinese mantis


Member of the Furious Five

Master CraneDavid CrossA red-crowned crane


Member of the Furious Five

Mister PingJames HongA Chinese goose


Po’s adoptive father


Runs a noodle restaurant with Po

ZengDan FoglerA Chinese goose


Master Chifu’s messenger

Commander VachirMichael Clarke DuncanA Javan rhinoceros


Warden of the prison where Tai Lung was held.

The Furious Five characters – Viper, Monkey, Mantis, Tigress, and Crane – are homages to the five styles of Chinese martial arts: Snake, Monkey, Praying Mantis, Tiger, and Crane.

Basic facts about the movie

Length1 hour and 32 minutes
Release dateCannes Film Festival: May 15, 2008

United States: June 6, 2008

Budget$130 million
Box office$631.7 million

Behind the scenes

Production companyDreamWorks Animation
ProducerMelissa Cobb
DirectorsJohn Stevenson
Mark Osborne
Story byEthan Reiff
Cyrus Voris
Screenplay byJonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Music byHans Zimmer
John Powell
CinematographyYong Duk Jhun
EditorClare Knight
Distributed byParamount Pictures


StarringJack Black

Jackie Chan
David Cross

Michael Clarke Duncan

Dan Fogler

Dustin Hoffman
James Hong

Angelina Jolie
Randall Duk Kim

Lucy Liu

Seth Rogen

Ian McShane

This article was last updated on: December 7, 2018