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Kung Fu Panda 1&2, a Hilarious Duo on DVD

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Now in release on two separate DVD’s or Blu-ray’s the king of Karate, the one and only Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 just in time for the third sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 in theaters January 29. Loads of laughter and adventure, the first two animated family films were a huge success and are still entertaining children around the globe.

Po hangs from a tree as Master Shifu looks on in KUNG FU PANDA 1
Po hangs from a tree as Master Shifu looks on in KUNG FU PANDA 1

The first film tells the story of how Po found his way to the Emperor’s palace and mistakenly chosen to become one of the special guards. Here we find him hilariously learning Kung Fu Karate from Master Shifu and getting into trouble with the other members of the guard called the Furious Five, Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper, and Crane. When Po and the Furious Five have to defend the Temple from Tai Lung an evil leopard, the funny and exciting adventure begins.

Po rides through his village in KUNG FU PANDA 2
Po rides through his village in KUNG FU PANDA 2

In part two we find the now a hero giant panda Po calling himself the Dragon Warrior. In this adventure Po looks for inner peace suggested by Master Shifu and sets out to do so in his own silly way. When Lord Shen, a member of the Peacock Clan, tries to take over china with his fireworks explosives, Po gets called into action with the Furious Five.

Both films are very funny and star Jack Black who lends his voice to Po in the two animated films. Mostly silly, the character really creates a lot of laughter, the kind of inane stuff that makes kids laugh. Black’s perfect for the part with a recognizable persona from live action films School of Rock, Nacho Libre and the voice of Slappy in Goosebumps.

The two DVD/Blu-ray releases contain a bonus disc each with their own special features:

Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 BONUS FEATURES:
“3 Animated Adventures: NEW! Secrets of the Scroll, Secrets of the Masters, and Secrets of the Furious Five.”
“Martial Arts Awesomeness Music Video”
“Mash-up of Awesomeness: Slo-Mo”
“Mash-up of Blunders”
Both have a special “Sneak Peak” of Kung Fu Panda 3 with an introduction by Jack Black.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Kung Fu Panda 1
“Directors’ Audio Commentary”
“Meet the Cast”
“Pushing the Boundares”
“Sound Design”
“Mr. Ping’s Noodle House”
“How to use Chopsticks”

Kung Fu Panda 2
“Kickin’ it with the Cast”
“Deleted Scenes”
“Audio Commentary”

Both DVD/Blu-rays include Ultra Violet that enables the purchaser to view the film anywhere.

Mei Mei (voiced by Rebel Wilson) performing a ribbon dance in DreamWorks Animation's KUNG FU PANDA 3.
Mei Mei (voiced by Rebel Wilson) performing a ribbon dance in DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA 3.

The newest addition movie Kung Fu Panda 3 opens in theaters on January 29th and features the return of the main voice cast from the first two films. Here is a short synopsis provided by Twentieth Century Fox: When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Kung Fu Panda 1 & 2 are a fun filled adventurous addition to your child’s video library that even the adults will enjoy. (A)

Specifications and additional video information:
Voice Cast Panda 1: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong, Dan Fogler, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Jackie Chan
Voice Cast Panda 2: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross,James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Dennis Haysbert, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Victor Garber
MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of martial arts action
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Family
Running Time: Each approximately 1 hr. 2 min.
Original Theatrical Release Date: “Panda 1” June 6, 2008 and “Panda 2” May 26, 2011
Video Release Date: January 5, 2016
Language: English
Reviewed Format: DVD (also available in Blu-ray)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.36:1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Number of Discs: 2 Discs plus Digital HD with Ultra Violet
Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com