If you guys ever doubt that Kung Fu Panda is the best film series Dreamworks ever made, it moved this guy’s Chinese father to tears because of the stunningly accurate representation of Chinese culture by an American studio.
I was in a need of making the post about one of my favorite characters of all time - Po Ping from Kung Fu Panda. We all know that he is an overweight who became our favorite badass, the Dragon Warrior. But I wanted to focus more on the things that are overlooked - or at least I feel like they are.
WARNING - this post will contain some MAJOR KFP3 spoilers!
Ok, so let’s get this party started. Po Ping…
-is an artistic soul
-made his action figures all by himself (including carving in wood and painting) the very day he fell in love with kung fu
-has a photographic memory! He saw the Furious Five only once from far away and carved their portraits in wood very accurately
-was able to learn the Wuxi Finger Hold all by himself just from pure observation and while being under the massive distress
-learns fast. Really fast, mostly from his own mistakes. He improved his fighting skills in such a short time
-cares about his art so much and is very proud of it
-is very creative! It usually shows during the fight on numerous occasions (he “drew” the giant dragon with his own chi, for example)
-probably likes to sing when he thinks no one is around (judging from the scene from the holiday special), he’s pretty good at singing
-hated himself for about 20 years of his life
-is craving compliments and affection… or any kind of validation, really
-throws himself into the most dangerous situations without second thinking
-is even ready to sacrifice his own life for a bigger cause if he thinks it’s necessary
-literally jumps into committing a suicide to save his loved ones. And yes, he was pretty sure he would stay dead i will never cope with this
-is probably asexual… heck, he is very likely asexual! I mean…
So in conclusion, Po Ping is an overweight, a fanboy and a badass but he is also…
-an artist with many talents
-a victim of mental illness
-an individual who for the course of all three movies weren’t given a love interest and yet he isn’t illustrated as broken or cold - he is represented as a loving person, as someone who is capable of love, who’s able to show his affection to others
Thank you DreamWorks, for this amazing, fleshed out character.
While thinking about the teenPo and teenTigress drawing some anon asked me, my hand slipped and whoops I started drawing these haha! Not shipping these two doesn’t stop me from enjoying their relationship and the few moments when they hug in Kung fu panda 2, I appreciate their friendship. Also, part of me wish that someday, they will share a hug where neither of them feels awkward. Where they could just hug and enjoy it both. (a group hug doesn’t count!!)
If I have the time, I’d like to do the color by the way :)