I see a lot of animated features in advance and, for the most part, keep my opinions to myself until the movie is in general release. Today I had the opportunity to screen Kung Fu Panda and cannot contain myself. I’m not going to write a review or post spoilers – but I just want to alert you to what I believe is one of the best CG animated films I’ve ever seen.
Yup. Right up there with The Incredibles. Dreamworks has done it. No joke.
The art direction, the voices, the character animation, the comedy, the action scenes, the opening 2-D cartoon sequence, the heart… it all works. Don’t miss this in a theatre. I don’t care what you think of the trailer, or Dreamworks track record, or anything like that. None of that matters. This film is good, and will a big hit. Mark my words – you’ll want the action figures.
Yes, this is a rave. I’ll post a more formal review as we get closer to its release. I just wanted to be the first to tell you.
[Disclosure: I am currently working on a book (unrelated to Kung Fu Panda) for Dreamworks.]