Originally posted to Facebook Oct 15, 2014
"Okay, Kung Fu Panda: The art style, design, and choreography are perfectly crafted. I love The Furious Five, especially Tigress, and their personalities are harmoniously in tune with the setting and with the culture of China in general. I can't tell you how bad I want to like the movies because of all that, it's just the fucking main character that ruins absolutely everything for me. I HATE PO. Did they think it was funny to take a graceful, honor-based location like China and throw a fat, disrespectful American in there? The unquestioned prophecy thing is always a little gimmicky but what upsets me most is that Po is motivated by food. The five greatest warriors in China are evidently bound by honor, their martial arts training, a will to defeat evil, and the greatest warrior of all of them, "the chosen one" said to stop the most threatening evil is motivated and trained with FOOD. Do you see the problem? Buddhism and Confucianism teach its followers that desire leads to downfall and spiritual weakness, and spirituality is a huge part of China's history. So making the fulfiller of an ancient Chinese prophecy be motivated by food more than anything DOESN'T BEGIN TO MAKE SENSE. I know it's a cartoon, I know I take martial arts very seriously, but if you don't want me to compare a cartoon to the real-life China, maybe you should've made the movie take place in a different location with it's own cultural identity. Believe it or not, I could say a lot more about the first movie, beginning to end... For example, why did Tai Lung's kung fu abilities suddenly drop when he faced the panda as compared to his fights with the Five and Shifu? I won't get into it. Po, if you are a prophet, even in a cartoon about martial arts, there is absolutely no way that you, a physically-challenged character with a few days training can perform better than five legends who have been training their whole lives. But apparently even after all your training, you still get exhausted by fucking stairs. So in a sense, I do love this movie, I'll just pretend that the panda's not in it if that's okay with everybody: The Furious Five defeated Tai Lung, awesome serious kung fu cartoon, the end."