Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Kung Fu Panda Is Great For Kids

There are not many films that I've seen that make kids want to move that are not musicals. Most of the time there has to be a lot of singing and dancing for kids to want to get up and jump around after they have seen a movie.

In the case of Kung Fu Panda, that energy seems to stick around for a long time after. This movie has been out of the theatres for a little while but if you look really hard, you might still find it some discount theatres in your neighbourhood, if you have them.

Most of the time you probably will not be able to find this film in theatres any more and as such, you will have to go and rent a copy. Let me just say it is worth the rental ten times over. You should also know ahead of time that if your kids really like the movie, you will be seeing it way more than ten times.

It is a great story about a panda who lives in a village somewhere, working for his father who is a crane by the way, in the family restaurant. The characters in the film are all animals and they all talk. It is interesting how kids never question that fact that all the animals always seem to talk in movies but never do in real life. I have never had a kid who went to see one of these movies with me say " Hey, animals can't talk!" Well they aren't supposed to be good at Kung Fu either but in this film they are great.

The panda, played by Jack Black really wants to be a respected martial artist but doesn't know if he will ever get the chance to become one. I don't want to give away the plot but I will say one thing is amazing about this movie. A lot of the movie has the characters fighting in it. Yet, the fighting scenes don't come off particularly violent and you will hear your kids mention how cute all the animals are over and over again.

The movie has a great supporting cast including Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan and Angelina Jolie. I'm not sure what it is, but ever since seeing it, my little girl wants to take Kung Fu lessons. She also really wants to be a tiger. I'll have to think about both requests.

Anyway, I know the film has been out of theatres for a while but seeing it again recently reminded me about how great it was. If you are looking for a great rental idea for the kids, that also happens to have a great message about friendship and family, you should pick up Kung Fu Panda. It is worth every penny, every time you see it. Oh, and keep an eye on your kids. They may start to develop a mean left cross. Have fun.

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