Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll

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Kung Fu Panda:
Secrets of the Scroll
Directed byRodolphe Guenoden
Produced byKaren Foster
Written byPaul McEvoy
StarringJack Black
Dustin Hoffman
Seth Rogen
David Cross
Lucy Liu
Tara Macri
James Hong
Randall Duk Kim
Narrated byRandall Duk Kim
Music byLorne Balfe
Hans Zimmer
John Powell
Edited byMark Deimel
Production
company
Distributed by20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
  • December 15, 2015 (2015-12-15)
Running time
23 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll is an animated short film in the Kung Fu Panda film series. It was included on the 2015 Digital HD and 2016 Blu-ray, and DVD re-release of Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2.[1]

Jack Black, James Hong, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim and Lucy Liu reprise their roles from the movies, while Kari Wahlgren and James Sie replace Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan as Tigress and Monkey, respectively.

Premise[edit]

The introduction, which takes place a bit before Kung Fu Panda 3, shows Po realizing that his dad, Mr Ping, has been giving away his things as bonus gifts to customers, including his toys of the Furious Five. As he searches for them, Oogway's narration asks whether there is any real difference between an accident and destiny, thus setting the scene for the story.

10 years before the events of the first Kung Fu Panda, a younger Tigress is training under Shifu, but always seems to disappoint him by not conforming to his strict style. When Master Oogway and Shifu order noodles from Mister Ping's restaurant, a young Po (who was left in charge of the restaurant while his dad was absent) accidentally sneezes into Shifu's, making him sick. To make matters worse, a seemingly-unstoppable warrior named Boar is en route to the Valley of Peace, defeating every Kung Fu master who opposes him. An incapacitated Shifu has no choice but to delegate to Tigress, giving her a scroll with the names of four warriors who can defeat Boar. At the same time, Po writes his own scroll with possible ideas for his future career, only to throw it out at his father's insistence. Tigress accidentally loses her scroll and mistakes Po's for hers. Po's scroll contains the names of "Cleaner", "Comedian", "Dancer", and "Doctor". This causes Tigress to gather Cleaner Crane, Comedian Monkey, Dancer Viper, and Doctor Mantis instead of the assigned warriors. Tigress is impressed by the skills they demonstrate, and assumes that Shifu will be proud of her. However, once she returns, and the mistake is discovered, Shifu becomes angry, disappointing Tigress. As she sulks, Oogway encourages her to be herself rather than Shifu, so she decides to confront Boar herself. At first, she sticks to Shifu's style, and is defeated, but gets help from the others, who manage to stall Boar with their own, unique styles. In an epiphany moment, she finally embraces her own style, and defeats Boar with the help of her new teammates. By chance, Po witnesses the entire fight, thus gaining his passion for Kung Fu. Tigress returns to the Jade Palace, where Shifu finally admits he is proud of her, and gives her access to the training room to perfect her "Tigress" style. He also invites Crane, Monkey, Viper, and Mantis to stay, deciding their own styles can also be refined.

The ending returns to the present, where Po finds his toys with a bunny boy. But watching the boy play with the same passion he'd had all those years ago convinces Po to let him keep them. Po then admits to the Furious Five that his Five are "where they're meant to be" and that, in any case, he already has the "real thing right here". "[1]

Voice cast[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Annie Awards February 4, 2017 Best Animated Special Production Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll Nominated [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Hilarious Smash Hits DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 Arrive with New Bonus Features on Digital HD December 15 and Blu-ray™ and DVD January 5" (PDF). Fhetoolkits.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  2. ^ "44th Annie Award Nominees". International Animated Film Society. November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.