kung fu panda

July 22, 2008

On Friday, the Climbers kicked off our spate of visitors , bearing beautiful gifts such as our own copy of not just the first volume (which puzzled Mr. Snow somewhat when he came to the end) but the whole of this story. Without even reading this blog I guess my likes and dislikes are transparent to all! Mr. Snow has since gone off into the mountains with them (maybe he can be Mr. Rock for this week) and I’ll join them at the weekend for some outdoor living.

Before they left, we managed to fit in a visit to the cinema to see Kung Fu Panda. Both Little and Large Climber enjoy animation films, and this one was no exception for all of us. The story goes, a fat, lazy panda is chosen over five kung fu warriors to become the one to save the Valley of Peace from a feared enemy.

I don’t think I’ll really be spoiling any surprises (it’s a Dreamworks film after all) to say he manages in the end. The conclusion does take some suspension of belief, as far as is necessary for a cartoon panda film (Mr. Snow and I did find ourselves arguing about just how long Po the panda had in kung fu boot camp before the evil one showed up).

Worse was the disturbing take-home message about believing and being yourself allowing you to conquer all. It seems I am not the only cynic, go here for a nice alternative view. Kung Fu Panda is only a film, but if as according to Philip French, ‘(Wall-E)’s humane message and concern for ecology have been criticised in conservative quarters’, it’s a spooky world indeed, cartoon pandas or not.

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