Grant Paulsen’s review published on Letterboxd:
“One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.”
I’ve liked this since I was a kid but the writing is actually really sharp. This is a good start to Po’s character development but I know the majority of it comes in the second film. And while the writing for his character in this movie is good, I feel like there wasn’t that much and at times he did just kind of feel like your standard hero protagonist. But that’s not a flaw, just a subjective thing. Shifu and Tai Lung are definitely the best parts of this film. The major problems are the feather that conveniently falls off the messenger and lands right in front of Tai Lung so that he can break out of his restraints and Oogway passing is a bit conveniently timed. Other than that, this movie really holds up, and is great set-up for an even better sequel that I can’t wait to rewatch because it’s one of my favorite animated films.