Kung Fu Panda is the next movie from DreamWorks Animation, following the release of Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie next week. A new teaser promo is online, complete with a giant Jack Black introduction (which I could have done without). I’m not quite sure what t think of this. On one hand, the Panda is probably the cutest animal next to the Penguin. But are you really interested in seeing a Panda with Jack Black’s voice running around and kicking ass kung fu style?
Also, Jackie Chan provides the voice of Master Monkey, which I find extremely odd because Chan is not a good actor. The only reason he has a movie career is his acrobatic martial art stunts. Don’t get me wrong, I love his films (mostly his earlier work), but not for the acting. So to hire someone like Chan as a voice actor could only be for one of two reasons: 1. You want a big martial arts star on the voice cast list OR 2. You need a Asian character to sound stereotypically like a complete moron (and by stereotypically, I’m talking about how Hollywood likes to treat Asian characters as stereotypes). I just know that Pixar would never cast a character based on his real life name value. They cast based on the voice talent, and whomever is best for the character. This still seems to be my biggest gripe with the DreamWorks animated films, they are more about the flash, jokes, and stars, than the story.
Check out the teaser promo below.
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