this is meant to be kung fu panda

anonymous asked:

Listen, i'm fat myself and the exaggeration of the panda village is because they're pandas? Thats who and what they are they're lazy and fat and eat a lot and its not being fatphobic to accentuate that characterization when its relevant to the plot also jack black (po) is fat himself? And his character usually makes the fatphobic jokes in a self deprecating manner? Sometimes yall reach tooo much

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Really?

So by your same logic the pig characters on Sing have nothing to do with fatness?
They are a characterization. Pandas or pigs, they are animals with human features meant to describe human things and situations. A symbolism of fatness.

Yes, Jack Black or Gabriel Iglesias being fat can reclaim fatness on their comedy. That is not mutually exclusive with perpetuating fat stereotypes. Which they do. 

Kung Fu Panda has no underlying positive message for fat people. Po is a walking fat stereotype. He suddenly becomes amazing in a deus ex machina plot twist

He didn’t work for it, he never had it before. He just suddenly started having a super power that is solely based on his weight, using his fatness as attacks and techniques (another old fat trope of fat characters in media and video games that we talked about before)
Could this be meant as a symbolism of coming to terms with being fat so no one can hurt you for it? If that was the intention, it wasn’t clear, nor it is mentioned. 
There is no positive message. Just “if you are fat you are all these stereotypes, you are a walking joke, and maybe one day you’ll wake up being a super Kung Fu master, but if that doesn’t happen… well, sucks to be you.”

The Panda village is not a depiction of pandas. It is a symbolism of fat humans through the behavior of pandas that are equated to those of fat humans. And obviously their main theme and common feature is fatness. 

Before accusing us of outreaching just because we dared to speak up against something you like, I would recommend you to start analyzing the things you ship a little better. Because you are clearly under reaching. 

We are not here to cater to any show or any fandom. We are here to call out fatphobia wherever it is. 

- mod Guillermo

Dreamworks stuff

I was walking around my usual places when my eyes lays on a huge bag filled with Dreamworks stuff. Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek.

I instantly bought it, even if people stared at me with their expressions filled with judgement.

So, here I am with some cringe material for all of you out there.

I’ll resume their content, don’t worry. Each journal has useless questions and fact we all know, games for kids and some drawings sent by children displayed at the end. Well, of course, those are not meant for us, unfortunately.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S ACTUALLY SOMETHING INTERESTING, reason why I’m writing this.

Each journal contains a little comic. Here, have a sneak peak.

I only read the KFP one, but there’s another one for Shrek and HTTYD. This one is…very silly for my judgement, but if you guys wish I can go and send you over the entire version with english subtitles.

Well…that’s all. Inside this bag there were some toys, like…lame toys so I didn’t waste time making pictures.

Kung fu Panda theme analysis “The more you take, the less you have”

Let’s be honest, the lesson that greed is bad isn’t exactly new in film. But I really like what Doug Walker said in his Kung fu Panda 3 review , that it’s told so simply and effectively here. They don’t need tomake a huge speech about greed and it’s consequences that would bore the audience. There is beauty in simplicity and Kung fu Panda as a franchise understands that very well. 

They out right state the moral in the beginning of the movie. And they display what Oogway meant through out the course of the movie.

Kai takes

and he takes

and he takes

and he takes

until he takes too much. And it destroys him. And It’s not only Kai who’s had to learn this lesson. 

Tai Lung was so consumed by his greed that he almost destroyed the entire village. Injuring and possible even killing innocent citizens. 

And was even willing to murder the man who raised him from a baby. 

Shen was so consumed by greed he committed genocide. 

And purposely hurt himself in hopes of hurting his enemies too. Burning his ancestral home to the ground. 

And they too were destroyed for because of it. 

A Warrior of Black and White

An explanation of why I believe Lord Shen wasn’t defeated by Po and neither was he meant to.

[Spoilers for Kung Fu Panda 2 below]

After watching Kung Fu Panda 3 (and loving it), I went back to rewatch parts of my favorite second part. One moment in particular always struck me as intense - the one where Shen closes his eyes just before his death. Has he found inner peace in that last moment, I wondered. We don’t know for sure, but I don’t think so. I think he might have been relieved that his demise would come from an accident (one of his own making, too) and not from the prophesied “warrior of black and white”. He accepted it as the closest he could get to victory - going down, but not as he was foretold.

All this time he expected a panda to be the one who defeats him, but I think it was never the meaning of the prophecy. 

I think the warrior of black and white was Shen himself.

First of all, just like the pandas, he fits visually (add red and you got it). Secondly, and more importantly, unlike Po, Shen deals in extremes - everyone is either for or against him. Remember how easily he turned on Wolf Boss? Shen has a very black and white view of the world.

Thirdly, let’s look at the prophecy:

“…if Shen continued down this dark path, he would be defeated by a warrior of black and white.”

If he continued. That is a very important point. He didn’t have to continue his research of weaponizing fireworks. He could have stopped it then and there. But because he deals in black and white he did not consider his own course of action could possibly be the problem. He believed someone was out to get him, because everyone is either an ally or an enemy, there is no middle ground.

It was his black and white outlook that was his doom. If he continued making judgements based on that, if he failed to see how it was a dangerous way of thinking both to him and others, then he would be defeated. By himself.

And that’s what happened. Po may have taken down his ships, destroyed his canons, but who made the canon fall on Shen - the peacock himself. Why? Because even when everything was lost and Po told him he held no grudge, and Shen could have turned a new leaf, instead he pressed on.

And so he was killed and thus ultimately defeated through no will other than his own. I find it deeply poetic that what kills him is the very thing he was pursuing. Sadly, I don’t think he ever understood this. He is indeed a very tragic villain.

Before Shen’s turning point, where he went out to command a genocide of the pandas, we have really little idea of whether he was really that bad a guy. His parents seemed to care for his well-being, he was rich, he was busy inventing weapons. Maybe they were for defense. Most likely they were an attempt to make his firework-inventing elders proud. One way or another, Shen’s character was tested by the prophecy. And thus the warrior of black and white came to be. Not Po. But Shen himself.

And so Kung Fu Panda 2 remains my favorite from the three currently existing movies. And one of my all time favorite movies in general. 

It shows us a hero, who has all the reasons to be filled with prejudice, to believe himself the ultimate judge, the chose one, one who knows best - and yet he is a flexible forgiving guy, who knows how to move on and let go of things. And the villain is his exact opposite - someone whose judgements were extreme and who could not let go or move on, focusing on one path until it consumed him. At any moment Shen could have stopped what he was doing and saved himself from defeat, but he couldn’t see it.

Shen’s final exchange with Po is very powerful to me. It’s what makes them different, it’s what gives one strength and dooms the other to failure. 

The moral of this story is: don’t be inflexible warriors of black and white, kids, or you might get yourself killed. But if you do go out the same way Shen did, maybe at least the fireworks will create your image in the sky:

P.S. Of course the prophecy could also mean Po, cause he is a balanced dude, thus black and white, but hey, I like my theory. XD

“Am I the son of a panda, the son of a goose, a student, a teacher?. It turns out, I’m all of them.

I AM THE DRAGON WARRIOR.”

Behold of the eye of the Dragon Warrior, What do you think Pandom? I was inspired so I wanted to make a digital art of our dumpling boy in his awesome face of being master of Chin and being the Warrior he is meant to be.

I hope you guys like it. love it to both and remember.

“Kung Fu Panda 3 FOREVER!!”

anonymous asked:

I enjoyed KFP3 but it's hard to believe this opus won't be the last one, as I had a strong feeling that everything seemed to have come full circle. I can't really imagine any other plot progression or character development.

We understand that you feel that way, but we strongly feel that DreamWorks will want to keep going for the six films they originally planned for the franchise. It’s not only important for keeping their business afloat (especially now that they’ve established themselves well in the Chinese movie market), but there are actually good possibilities for keeping the plot going.

Here’s an excerpt from the Q&A of the KFP3 panel at View Conference this past year, where director Alessandro Carloni shares some thoughts on the topic of the franchise’s story:

(Note: This is translated from Italian by Google Translate, so be mindful of the language differences.)

What is the reason that drives a study to make a sequel? You had no ideas developed in the previous films, and you wanted to expand?

I think the difference is not the plot, but the presence of good characters. I worked on the first Kung Fu Panda, and I participated in the creation of Po, a character who breaks a little ‘classical schemes of comedy. In a comedy usually they are created of “types” such as the bully in which the protagonist has a relationship of tension which then elicits funny situations. Instead Po is unique and special: the only characteristic that defines it is his immense love for kung fu, and he is so sweet and cute that the public ultimately fell in love with him, and not the story itself. So no matter if we do Po goes into space or going to the post office, the public is still fond of him as if he were a friend. My work in the third sequel in a sense it was just protecting Po, because many artists proposed ideas that would have created a beautiful plot, but at the same time would have completely distorted his personality.

Have you always imagined Kung Fu Panda as a trilogy?

No, we did not have in mind to do a trilogy. As I said, Kung Fu Panda is very much based on the Po, people are interested in seeing him, so the question we ask is not so much “where we could bring the story?” But “What would be nice to do with this character?”. It is a different approach from what we use, for example, to [How to] Train Your Dragon. That is a more epic story that has a project at the base and is going in a certain direction. The third chapter of Kung Fu Panda actually originated in a somewhat 'strange.  In the second film, we insisted on the disappearance of the panda Po, and that was the last remaining example.  Not wanting to create panic in the end we put that scene in which one sees that in reality his peers are still alive.  The fact we had to reassure the public, but then it became an interesting starting point for the next plot of the episode.

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Carloni not only confirms here that the franchise isn’t meant to be a trilogy, but he also makes the good point that it isn’t so much the story itself that’s driving the franchise, but the character Po. This is Po’s journey that we’re experiencing when we watch the films, and although the ending of KFP3 seems to be the end of that journey, it’s really just the beginning of another one.

This of course doesn’t mean that there actually will be a feature film with Po going to space, if you got the point of that example. I think we can safely say after seeing this latest sequel that DreamWorks won’t be lazy or careless with this franchise in its storytelling.

We’re fans of the franchise, so we’ll of course always support the idea of there being more films, but hopefully we made our point without sounding too biased. We believe we will (and are very much looking forward to) see more of Po on the big-screen in the future.

anonymous asked:

*squeals* They were playing a free showing of HTTYD 2 at a theater nearby!!!! I have come to the conclusion that anyone who says this is a kid's franchise doesn't understand the series. :D

This is so indeed not a children’s franchise, and Dean DeBlois has himself said that he has never set out to write “kid’s material.” His goal is to make good movies that audiences will enjoy - audiences that are not just children! These are meant to be just as good, satisfying, fulfilling, and enjoyable to adults!

And even something is designed for kids, it doesn’t make it bad, and it doesn’t mean we should be ashamed for enjoying it.

That’s really exciting to hear about the free showing of HTTYD 2 happening in a theatre nearby. For people who have a Cinemark nearby, let it be known that on August 20, they are going to have a FREE MOVIE DAY full of DreamWorks films - including Kung Fu Panda 3 and How to Train Your Dragon 2!