I didn't get to go see a movie with mom this weekend; instead, I took four girls to go see Kung Fu Panda. This weekend was my baby girl's fourth birthday and she told me that she wanted to go see the "Panda movie"; so we loaded up the car - blankets in tow - and headed to the movies...
I will start by pointing out the excellent cast that I wasn't aware this movie had..You probably already know that Jack Black was the voice of Po, the Panda. But did you know that the other voices where that of Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan and Lucy Lui??
And if that weren't enough to make me happy, the song at the end was song by one of my favorite artists - Cee Lo AKA Gnarles Barkley.
I took the girls to this movie, really not expecting much, other than a few laughs. But Kung Fu Panda exceeded all of my expectations. The story is simple but the execution is superb. The animation is very rich and the colors are crisp and bright. The action sequences are great and the laughs are mixed in at the appropriate moments.
The theater was full and it was composed of a mixture of Adults and young kids, with almost complete silence - with the exception of laughter - throughout the entire movie. There were no kids running around, screaming and crying; they were all involved in the film. And I heard plenty of laughter from the parents too.
This is a fun for all movie. A testament to this fact is that almost the whole crowd stayed for the end credits and this is a very rare occurrence nowadays - of course, that could have been because of the great song at the end :)
If you haven't taken your kids to see this one yet, I suggest you go see this one. You might even enjoy it too.