Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda ★★★★½

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"Quit, don't quit? Noodles, don't noodles? You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the "present.""

I've always enjoyed this movie when I first saw it with my family in theaters at a younger age. Actually, we saw it on its opening weekend and I cannot even believe I was able to remember that forgotten memory. Now, in 2021, Kung Fu Panda 1 was available for streaming on Netflix. As a 25-year-old film enthusiast, I rewatched it and I complete forgot how clever and smart the screenplay was for this animation classic from the 2000s decade. Watching Po's character development from being a bumbling and cocky fanboy who has a crazy obsession with kung fu, but with low self-confidence into becoming the dragon warrior he ever dreamed of was so well-done. I acknowledge that his character becomes fully developed in the sequel, but this was a great start to developing this beloved animated character who loves kung fu fighting. I mean WTH? I completely forgot how good Kung Fu Panda 1 was upon a rewatch at an older age. The animation is still incredible, the characters were so well-realized that were voiced by very talented actors, the choreography looks absolutely amazing to this day, striking color-work into the animation, the amount of emotional depth, and much more. One of DreamWork's very best films!!! I know Panda-Fu!!!!

Grade: A-

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