A look at the first opus of the Kung Fu Panda trilogy, signed by famed animation studio Dreamworks, and all the easter eggs hidden inside.
Jack Black’s companion, Po’s future enemy, Jackie Chan homage or even a post-credits seed… Take a peek at all the winks, references, easter eggs and hidden details you shouldn’t miss (re) Discover the studio’s excellent Kung Fu Panda Dreamworks.
rabbit in love
In the first scene from Kung Fu Pandawhen Po has a superhero dream in which he fights hordes of enemies, an adorable bunny girl who looks up to him and finds him “so attractive” is vocally embodied as Po’s real companion. Jack Black (which interprets panda). In the original version of the film, it is artist Tanya Hayden who voices the response time.
In the dream, Po encounters, among other things, a colossal buffalo, which he promptly returns to his place. When the panda wakes up in his room, we may also notice that the same character finds himself painted (and riddled with shuriken) on the wall of the room.
Discovering Kung Fu Panda 3, released 8 years later, we can’t help but imagine that the sketch in question could have been the inspiration for the formidable General Kai, the main antagonist of the latest opus.
For a brief moment, when Po’s “father” asks him to come and help him in the kitchen, the character’s shadow may lead us to believe that this is also a panda.
Therefore, we are filled with surprise when, in the next frame, we realize that Mr. Ping is actually a goose, loaded with woks and pots that have temporarily deformed his silhouette. The mystery of Po’s origin will only be revealed in the next two films.
“It is on the path that we think we are avoiding that we often meet our destiny.”
This warning, proclaimed by Master Oogway Shifu when the latter asks his envoy to report to Chorh-Gom Prison, could have prevented Tai Lung from escaping!
After all, it is thanks to the feather lost by the same messenger that the tiger finally manages to escape. If the Master had listened to his Master and not sent a duck, this probably would never have happened.
Watching the tortoise shell, pierced with paralyzing needles, which binds Tai Lung in Chorh-Gom prison, one can easily guess that it was Master Oogway himself who took care to save him from danger and lock him up. An intuition that is confirmed a little later in the film.
Oogway and Shifu
As in many animated films, the names of some of the characters Kung Fu Panda (and in particular those of the two sages who teach Po Martial Arts) have a very special meaning. Thus, in Mandarin, “Oogway” simply means “tortoise”. As for Shifu, his name can be translated as “master”.
Insensitive to bites?
In order to recover from his grueling workouts with Shifu, Po is entitled to a short acupuncture session given by Master Praying Mantis. Faced with his patient’s cries of pain, the insect excuses itself by saying that, given the panda’s body mass, “it’s not easy to find the right injection point.”
This small, harmless-looking copy explains why, at the end of the film, Po remains immune to Tai Lung’s paralyzing attacks, which are supposed to affect vital points?
During Po’s lengthy training, the scene in which he confronts Shifu with a pair of chopsticks to retrieve steamed dumplings from the bottom of a bowl refers to known sequence Fearless Hyena, a martial arts film in which Jackie Chan and his host engaged in a similar gastronomic duel.
During a heated discussion with Shifu (annoyed at the painstaking training he is trying to give Po), Master Oogway retorts that he cannot fulfill his destiny as long as he maintains the illusion that he decides everything.
“Look at this tree, Master. I can’t make it bloom of my own accord, not even make its fruit grow before its time,” the tortoise explains to his apprentice, who then angrily tosses a small seed into the ground to show his readiness.
By staying until the last seconds of the credits, we can see that much later, watering the patience that Oogway spoke of, the seed in question finally became a small plant symbolizing Po’s progress.