Po the panda is a big, fat slob who
idolizes Kung Fu masters and dreams of becoming one himself.
Unfortunately, his destiny is to work in his father's restaurant,
and eventually take over the family business. When word arrives
that a champion will be chosen to battle The Big Bad, Po is eager
to witness the once-in-a-millenium ceremony. Much to the surprise
of the other residents of the Jade Palace,
Yoda Master Oogway, selects him. It's
then Obi-Wan Shifu's job to turn someone
uncoordinated, who can't even get up the steps without wheezing,
into the Jedi Dragon Warrior, who will be hailed
as a hero for securing peace for the Chinese analog of
Shrek-land, despite leaving a phenomenal trail of
destruction in his wake. Fortunately, he doesn't quit his day
job, and almost everyone lives happily ever after.
OK, the story's familiar, and Jack Black can be a bit grating at times. But the screenplay is surprisingly good, Jack Black isn't that over the top (most of the time), and Randall Duk Kim and Angelina Jolie are both excellent in their supporting roles. Plus, the animation's superb.