Reviewer’s grade: C
Dreamworks Animation delivers a colorful, cleverly designed but highly predictable flicker for der kinder in which Jack Black voices a panda in ancient China who wants to be the kung fu Dragon Warrior and save his village from the wrath of Tai Lung (Ian McShane), a leopard who’ s escaped after 20 years imprisonment and has a redwood-sized chip on his shoulder.
Yes, this is another of those children’s movies the moral of which is that you can do anything you want to do if you only believe in yourself. Yeah, tell that to the people who win the Darwin Award each year for destroying themselves in some spectacularly moronic pursuit of the impossible.
Black’s voice, with its childish earnestness, fills the soundtrack, but listen for Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and James Hong as well. Dustin Hoffman, as the master trainer, is his usual wonderful self. PG