Kung Fu Panda (2008, USA) C-92m. SCOPE ** D: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson. Starring (the voices of) Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong, Dan Fogler, Michael Clarke Duncan, Wayne Knight, Kyle Gass. In China, an ordinary panda bear (Black) with a penchant for martial arts becomes the famed dragon warrior and must defend the village against an escaped bad guy. Can he learn the art of kung fu in time - or even at all? Mild comedy with tons of clichés, only the action sequences stand out.

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