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[16.09.2008] THR.com meldet...
In what is believed to be an industry first, Paramount Home Entertainment is bundling its upcoming home video release of "Kung Fu Panda" with a direct-to-video companion film and will release the package on a Sunday, Nov. 9, instead of the traditional Tuesday.
Most of the major studios are actively producing direct-to-video sequels to major theatrical hits, but never before has one come out on home video the same day as the original. While studios occasionally have released titles on a Friday or Monday, this is the first time a new release will arrive in stores on a Sunday.
"Kung Fu Panda," a DreamWorks Animation hit that grossed $213.8 million North America this summer, is the big kid-vid release of the holiday season. It will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
The companion film, "Secrets of the Furious Five," is slugged, "The 'Kung Fu Panda' story continues." The film delves into the backstories of the "Kung Fu Panda" characters, with all-new animation and Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman reprising their respective voice roles as Po and Master Shifu.
What Paramount is calling the "Pandamonium Double Pack" will retail for less than $25. A single disc of "Kung Fu Panda" only also will be made available, priced below $20.


[15.08.2008] CS! meldet...
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg expects at least one additional "Madagascar" sequel after Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and said that the studio, as was previously rumored, has also begun talks aimed at creating a sequel to its summer hit Kung Fu Panda.
Katzenberg said "Escape 2 Africa" is the "second chapter in one story," adding that "there is at least one more chapter. We ultimately want to see the characters make it back to New York."
An announcement about a Kung Fu Panda sequel could come within two months.
"We've started conversations about it, and I think in the next 30 or 60 days, we'll be able to talk completely about that," Katzenberg said.
Kung Fu Panda has earned $560 million worldwide. In 2005, Madagascar took in $530 million globally.


[03.07.2008] Heute startet "Kung Fu Panda" in den deutschen Kinos...

[30.06.2008] CS! berichtet über die US-Kinocharts...
[...] DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda had a similar drop in its fourth weekend, taking fourth place with $11.7 million for a cumulative gross of $179.3 million. It's slowly working its way to becoming DreamWorks Animation's second biggest non-sequel movie after the original Shrek. [...]

[27.06.2008] Im TAG Blog steht zu lesen...
[...] Every building of the DW campus is bursting with activity. Monsters and Aliens, Shrek, Madagascar Deux, and on and on. DreamWorks' Lakeside Building is getting enlarged, and the administrative staff is gone from the upper floors.
But down on the lower levels, artists are working. A story crew has started early work in Kung Fu Panda, the Sequel, even while animators are hand-drawing new material for the DVD of Kung Fu Panda, the original. [...]


[23.06.2008] Variety.com berichtet über die Einspielergebnisse...
[...] Families continued flocking to Par's "Kung Fu Panda" with $19 million at 2,860 in 18 territories for a tasty $6,643 per-location average. "Panda" launched in Mexico with $5.9 million for the fourth highest animated opening in that market and took in $4 million in its Chinese debut.
Par is opting for a gradual release on the toon, which has topped $66 million offshore. "Panda" opens next weekend in Oz and moves into Europe in July. [...]


[16.06.2008] CS! berichtet über die US-Einspielergebnisse...
[...] Dropping 43% but holding up 2nd place against Shyamalan's movie, the animated anthropomorphic comedy Kung Fu Panda (DreamWorks Animation) brought in $34.4 million in its second weekend, adding to its 10-day box office gross of $118 million. [...]

[09.06.2008] THR.com berichtet über die Einspielergebnisse...
[...] The No. 1 domestic title, DreamWorks/Paramount's "Kung Fu Panda," debuted day-and-date in nine overseas markets for an animated $20.7 million from 1,398 screens for a muscular $14,806 per-screen average. It ranks third on the weekend followed closely by Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian."
"Panda," the action saga of an overweight panda (voiced by Jack Black), set boxoffice records for an animation title in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines and grossed a stunning $9.2 million from 569 locations in Russia, as well as $7.5 million from 550 screens in South Korea. [..]


[08.06.2008] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Massawyrm...
[...] One thing you’re going to hear people say is that this is Pixar good. And I am inclined to disagree. This isn’t Pixar good. This is Brad Bird good. This is the fucking Incredibles with kung fu. No joke. I know. I know. You don’t believe me either. It’s a hard sell. But it’s legit. It’s directed by two guys, one of which did Father of the Pride and the other directed that incredible Weird Al Yankovich Jurassic Park video. These guys get it. And they turned in one of my favorite animated films of all time.
Everything it attempts it gets note perfect. They took all the best parts of a Shaw brothers kung fu training movie and blended it with the very best of animated family formula and created one giant super ass kicking feature film. No, there’s very little new here at all. In fact, you’ll walk in knowing the story because you’ve seen it all before. It wears its influences on its sleeve. Yoda’s final scene in Return of the Jedi, the punishment of training sequences in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Neo finally believing he is THE ONE in The Matrix. Yeah. You’ve seen it. But not like this. Not wrapped around the warm gooey center of childhood. [...]


[06.06.2008] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Harry Knowles...
[...] What makes this film fantastic... has nothing to do at all with the ACTION in the film. The action is Kung Fu. We’ve seen it before, albeit not with this combination of animals... but what I wasn’t expecting was a film without Scatological humor - a film without a swarmy sense of modern pop-culture references. You see, this isn’t a typical DREAMWORKS ANIMATION film - it isn’t of the SHREK universe - it’s trying to be something significantly more than that... it simply wants to tell a fun story about a Panda that doesn’t want to sell noodles, but dreams at night of being the greatest martial artist of all time. [...]

[05.06.2008] Bei CS! gibt es ein Video-Interview mit den US-Stars... Und bei GameTrailers.com gibt es neues Videomaterial zu "Kung Fu Panda - The Game"...

[03.06.2008] CS! sprach mit dem Co-Regisseur John Stevenson...
[...] We said, "Let's take 'Kung Fu Panda' which is an idea everybody gets comedically, but then let's try and surprise everybody by giving them more movie than they might expect from the title. Let's try to make it a real martial arts movie albeit one with a comic character and let's take our action seriously. Let's not give anything up to the big summer movies. Let's really make sure that our kung fu is as cool as any kung fu ever done, so that we can take our place in that canon and make sure it's a beautiful movie, because great martial arts movies are really beautiful-looking movies and then let's seen if we can imbue it with real heart and emotion. We kind of hoped that maybe when people see the movie, they'll be surprised that they get a bit more movie than they may be expecting from the title. [...]

[02.06.2008] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Capone...
[...] KUNG FU PANDA is an experience I think kids, their parents, and any other adults will enjoy equally. And there's just enough insane kung fu to keep even us geeks entertained.

[29.05.2008] Bei CS! und Latino Review gibt es neue "Kung Fu Panda" Clips / Ausschnitte...

[25.05.2008] Bei IESB gibt es mehrere "Kung Fu Panda" Featuretten...

[21.05.2008] Ein "Kung Fu Panda" Clip / Ausschnitt ist online...

[08.05.2008] Der "Kung Fu Panda" Trailer #2 ist online...

[31.03.2008] Bei BadTaste.it gibt es ein paar neue Poster zum Film...

[29.03.2008] Bei AICN gibt es eine recht positive Kritik zu einer 90% fertiggestellten Fassung des Films...

[12.03.2008] CS! berichtet von der ShoWest...
[...] The clip that was shown introduced Tai Lung, the tiger antagonist of the film voiced by Ian McShane (though there was no dialogue in the clip), as he escaped from his imprisonment, chained to the floor of a deep pit with a heavy turtle-like armor holding him down. As the scene opened, that armor starts to crack and explodes off of him. High above at the edge of the pit, a rhino guard and a duck (not sure who that's supposed to be) see that he's escaping and the guard orders them to fire the crossbow, so a number of giant bolts fire down the pit, one of them severing one of the chains that had him held down.
What followed was an impressive action sequence in which Tai Lung uses all his resources to escape from what seems like an impossible situation, throwing the crossbow bolts back at his captors and against the wall of the pit in order to gracefully climb up them by jumping from one to another, as the guard tells the archers to fire and literally thousands of arrows fly down the pit--think those famous scenes from Hero, 300 or Braveheart--but Tai Lung ducks under the stone platform on which he was chained, then grabs the chains and uses them to swing to the top of the pit where he starts taking on all of the rhino guards in an impressive martial arts sequence in which he clears the bridge of rhinos, at one point by throwing one of them like a bowling ball to knock the rest of them down, hitting another one with a giant mallet. The scene ends with the bridge cleared of rhinos but at the end of the bridge, there's an entire phalanx of guards waiting to stop Tai Lung from passing and the clip ends with the duck we saw earlier gulping. Looks like there'll definitely be a lot of martial arts action for anyone who loves that kind of stuff. [...]


[19.02.2008] CS! berichtet über die Toy Fair '08...
[...] DreamWorks' upcoming animated comedy Kung Fu Panda was getting a huge push at this year's Toy Fair with a lot of licensed toys and games based around the characters in the movie and Mattel leading the way on all fronts. From what we've seen, it looks to continue DreamWorks' tradition of creating family-friendly animated comedies with lots of fun and lovable characters. This one's no exception with lots of talking (and fighting) animals that the kids should embrace - some of them reminiscent of classic Disney characters from movies like The Jungle Book and The Lion King, particularly the lead character Po and the bad guy Tai Lung. Of course, Mattel has a lot of plush toys of Po and other characters, but more surprisingly, were the amount of full-size weapons on display for kids to fight each other with, including the Commander Crossbow (that kid on the box is out for blood!), "Po's Power Paws," Master Monkey's staff and the very cool "Sword of Heroes," both which split into multiple weapons--I have a feeling that some dads will be getting into this action--and there's even a "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Game" featuring the film's two main characters. You can see pictures of all of these in the gallery here. [...]

[13.02.2008] Der neue "Kung Fu Panda" Trailer ist online - Cool !!!

[08.11.2007] Bei GameTrailers.com gibt es einen vielversprechenden Trailer zu "Kung Fu Panda - The Game"...

[31.10.2007] Der offizielle "Kung Fu Panda" Teaser-Trailer ist online...

[29.10.2007] Ein "Kung Fu Panda" Promo-Trailer ist online (wurde aber kurz danach aus dem Netz genommen)...

[03.07.2007] Bei AICN gibt es einen Bericht von der Cinema Expo in Amsterdam...
[...] This CGI-movie - starring the voice talents of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Angelina Jolie - is a comic take on the whole kung fu genre. Fat panda Jack Black dreams of becoming a kung fu master. By mistake people think he is the chosen one to defeat the bad Tai Lung (Ian McShane). Hesitant master Dustin Hoffman must train him and finds out the only way to get him into action is to lure him with food.
Jeffrey Katzenberg said that they hope to turn Kung Fu Panda into a Shrek-like franchise. I guess all the elements are there. There are some great sidekicks (Jolie, Chan, Liu) and with kung fu on the menu at the Olympics in Peking next year this kind of martial arts will get a lot of attention. The 15 minute preview we got had a lot of potential. The fight scenes looked fresh and imaginative and especially Dustin Hoffman looked well cast as the master that doesn’t believe in his student. Bad guy Ian McShane looked pretty scary. The scenes in his prison were very dark, but his outbreak was pretty spectacular. [...]


[20.06.2007] CS! meldet...
DreamWorks Animation SKG has entered into an exclusive licensing arrangement on DreamWorks Animation's June 2008 release, Kung Fu Panda, with Mattel serving as the worldwide master toy licensee for the film. The deal is the first such partnership between the leading animation studio and the world's premier toy company. The announcement was made last evening at DreamWorks Animation's Consumer Products division launch party for Kung Fu Panda in New York City, one day before the opening of the Licensing International Expo 2007.
Mattel will be creating a wide range of products across multiple categories of action figures, games, plush and role play for the forthcoming release. Fisher-Price and Radica Brands are also included in the Mattel Brands portfolio. [...]
Kung Fu Panda, featuring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane, opens in theaters on June 6, 2008.


[14.06.2007] Die Offizielle Website bietet neues Artwork...

[12.04.2007] Planet-Xbox.de titelt "Luxoflux entwickelt Kung Fu Panda"...
Aus einem Job Listing geht hervor, dass der kalifornische Entwickler an Kung Fu Panda arbeitet. Vorlage ist der gleichnamige Dreamworks-Film, der 2008 in die Kinos kommt. Großmeister der Kampfkunst sehen sich hier vor die Aufgabe gestellt, Po den Panda zu einem Kung Fu-Kämpfer auszubilden. Das Game soll für Xbox 360 und PS3 erscheinen.

[24.10.2006] CS! meldet...
Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation are joining forces on a pair of potential weekly series based on DreamWorks features, reports Variety.
One series will be based on the upcoming film Kung Fu Panda; the other is a spinoff of 2005 hit Madagascar, centered on its popular penguin characters.
"Panda," due in theaters in May 2008, revolves around a lowly waiter in a noodle restaurant whose shape doesn't lend itself to kung fu fighting. The movie features the vocal talents of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane.
DreamWorks Animation will take a back seat on day-to-day development of the Nick projects. The cable channel will take the reins on physical production out of Nick Studios.
"We've given them all the elements that exist in the movies and then, really ... we're pretty deferential on this," DreamWorks Animation chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said. "They spent a lot of time with the creators, directors, producers and talent involved in the two movies, but it was more to pick their brains and then take the properties and make them their own."
Both projects are in the early stages of development. Tom Martin ("The Simpsons") will write the pilot script for "Panda." Paul Rugg ("Freakazoid!") is aboard to write the Madagascar offshoot, centered on penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in a series of new adventures.


[12.07.2006] CS! meldet...
DreamWorks Animation announced today that Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie will join Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane in the cast of the computer-animated comedy Kung Fu Panda. The film will reunite Jolie and Black after having voiced lead characters together in the hit 2004 animated-comedy, Shark Tale.
Jolie will play Tigress, a martial arts master who joins in training Black's Po the Panda in the art of kung fu. Coming off the blockbuster hit Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jolie recently completed work on The Good Shepherd, slated for release later this year, and is currently working on the Robert Zemeckis-directed Beowulf, which will be released in late 2007. She is represented by Media Talent Group.
Kung Fu Panda features Jack Black as Po the Panda, a lowly waiter in a noodle restaurant, who is a kung fu fanatic but whose shape doesn't exactly lend itself to kung fu fighting. In fact, Po's defining characteristic appears to be that he is the laziest of all the animals in ancient China. That's a problem because powerful enemies are at the gates, and all hopes have been pinned on a prophesy naming Po as the "Chosen One" to save the day. A group of martial arts masters are going to need a black belt in patience if they are going to turn this slacker panda into a kung fu fighter before it's too late.
Slated for release in May 2008, Kung Fu Panda is being directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne and produced by Melissa Cobb.


[11.07.2006] CS! meldet...
His voice and personality are almost unmistakable as the evil Al Swearengen from the HBO Western series Deadwood, but British actor Ian McShane will probably have to tone down the expletives for the series of animated films for which he'll be providing his voice. [...]
"Those things are fun to do, they really are. You go in a day and it's a chance to do something different, play around, and exercise your voice."
And by "those things," McShane is referring to doing animation voice work, something he's been doing a lot of recently [...]
"Then [Jeffrey] Katzenberg asked me in to do this 'Kung Fu Panda,' which we haven't started yet, with Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black, and I play the bad Tai Lung, the evil snow leopard," he continued. "What they've done now is extraordinary. I went in and the director said, 'We'd like to show you something' and they'd taken a scene from the first series of 'Deadwood' where I stamp on Trixie's neck and beat the crap out of her, and they animated it and transferred it to the leopard in the series." [...]


[22.06.2006] Bei AICN gibt es ein "Kung Fu Panda" Teaser-Poster von der NY Licensing Show 2006...

[09.11.2005] CS! meldet...
Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan and Ian McShane are set to join Jack Black in DreamWorks' animated comedy Kung Fu Panda, which will be released in May, 2008. Lucy Liu (Rise) is also discussions to star.
In the film, Black stars as Po the Panda, the laziest of all the animals in the Valley of Peace. With powerful enemies at the gates, all hope is pinned on a martial arts hero to rise to save the day. When Po unwittingly shows up in the midst of the martial arts competition, the masters are shocked to see that this unmotivated panda bears the mark of the Chosen One.
Hoffman will voice the role of Shifu, the by-the-book, tough-as-nails kung fu master whose task it is to transform Po into a fighter.
Chan will lend his voice to Master Monkey, a strong, agile and dedicated kung fu warrior, who serves as a daily reminder to Po of everything he is not.
Liu will be the voice of Master Viper, another of Po's teachers, who can be coy and feminine, but is capable of unleashing the warrior within.
McShane (Deadwood) will voice the villainous Tai Lung, a powerful snow leopard, intent on destroying the Valley of Peace. [...]


[25.09.2005] SciFi.com meldete kürzlich...
DreamWorks Animation is developing Kung Fu Panda, an animated film featuring the voice of Jack Black, which is set for 2008, Variety reported.
The film will be influenced by cartoonish live-action movies like Kung Fu Hustle and will star Black as the voice of a lazy panda prophesied to save the Valley of Peace, the trade paper reported.
The film will be directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne. Melissa Cobb will produce, from a screenplay by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab.
For 2009 and beyond, DreamWorks Animation has four additional potential projects planned, including How to Train Your Dragon, Rex Havoc, It Came From Earth! and Route 66.


[23.06.2005] Bei AICN gibt es ein "Kung Fu Panda" Teaser-Poster von der NY Licensing Show 2005...

[15.04.2003] E! Online meldet...
[...] Adam Sandler, the ultimate slacker may find himself animated once again. He's close to signing on to DreamWorks' Master P: The Kung Fu Panda. Sandler would voice a lazy zoo-panda who has to learn the ancient art of kung fu. It's on the fast track at DreamWorks, which means we can expect it in, oh, 2006. [...]

[26.08.2002] Yahoo! zitiert Ann Daly von DreamWorks...
[...] DreamWorks' current ani slate includes "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" (July), "Shrek 2" (summer 2004), "Sharkslayer" (holiday 2004), Aardman Animation's "Wallace and Gromit: The Great Vegetable Plot" (spring 2005), "Madagascar" (summer 2005), "Over the Hedge" (holiday 2005) and Aardman's "Tortoise vs. Hare" (2006). The studio also is producing "Shrek 4D", a multimedia ride film for Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Orlando (spring).
Daly said the studio is still determining which CG project will next go into production after "Madagascar." "Kung Fu Panda" and "Monkey Division," formerly known as "Space Monkey," are primary candidates, but DreamWorks is considering several other projects for release in 2006 as well. [...]


[31.05.2002] Hollywood Reporter meldet...
A kung fu-fighting panda is a contender to become one of DreamWorks' next animated heroes. DreamWorks Pictures has picked up "Master P: Kung Fu Panda" for a mid-six figures from writers Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff, based on an original pitch. "Kung Fu Panda" is being developed into a fully animated, computer-generated feature to be produced at Pacific Data Images about a gang of snow leopard bandits that come down from the highlands to invade a bamboo jungle. In response, the jungle animals must search for a prophesied warrior to defend them. They find their hero in a lazy, underachieving panda who they must train to become the ultimate kung fu master.


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