I enjoyed watching Kung Fu Panda, pleased to see that beyond the very Tenacious D opening sequence, safely packaged as a dream, the film didn’t stray too close to being a knowing, postmodern parody. Instead, it was an affectionate homage to kung fu films, therefore able to take itself very seriously despite all the cutesy characters. The plot was nothing new, but that wasn’t the point of the animation – it was meant to be light entertainment with the irresistible visual twist of animal characters, and did not disappoint.
(Originally written 22.2.10. Kung Fu Panda 2 impressions here)