When it was released in 2008, everyone loved Kung Fu Panda so much that DreamWorks Animation had to make a couple more sequels. The story of Po, a noodle maker chosen as Dragon Warrior, is nothing short of inspirational. Kung Fu Panda blends humor with martial arts in a way that makes every element of the film captivating. If you’re a fan of Kung Fu Panda, here are some fascinating facts you may not have known about your favorite animated movie.

1. Kung Fu Panda Made the Chinese Envious of Western Filmmakers

The entire Kung Fu Panda series is based on Chinese Culture, especially the martial arts aspect. After it was released, the Chinese became envious of Western filmmakers. They couldn’t comprehend how Americans could know so much history about China.

2. A Man Who Sued Kung Fu Panda Producers Was Jailed for 2 Years

After DreamWorks released the Kung Fu Panda trailer in 2008, a cartoonist named Jamye Gordon filed a copyright infringement lawsuit. Jamye claimed that he was the initial creator of Kung Fu Panda and would be willing to withdraw his lawsuit for $12 million. It was later discovered that Jamye was a fraudster and was fined $3 million plus a 2-year jail sentence.

3. Master Shifu Means “Master Master”

In Kung Fu Panda, Master Shifu is one of the main characters; he trains Po to be a dragon warrior. After Oogway passes, Shifu becomes the senior master at the Jade Palace. However, did you know Master Shifu means “Master Master?”. In Chinese, Shifu means master or teacher. Therefore, it’s a bit redundant to call him “Master Master”.

4. Master Shifu is Not a Panda

Surprisingly, Master Shifu, from the film “Kung Fu Panda,” is a red panda, which, despite the name, the species does not have any relation with the giant panda family. Red pandas are native to China and Nepal; they are roughly the size of a raccoon.

5. Jackie Chan Voiced the Monkey in Kung Fu Panda

The character of the Monkey in Kung Fu Panda was voiced by the legendary Jackie Chan. James Sie, an actor and author famous for having the animated voice of Jackie Chan, also helped out in voicing Monkey.

6. Kung Fu Panda Animators Had to Take Kung Fu Classes

To make the movie more realistic and familiarize the characters with what they were doing, the animators had to take a 6-hour kung Fu class.

7. Kung Fu Panda 2 Made the Most Money Despite Not Being the Most Liked

Kung Fu Panda 2 made a whopping $665 million, significantly more than the other sequels. Interestingly, Kung Fu Panda 2 isn’t even the most liked out of all Kung Fu Panda movies if the reviews are anything to go by. Movie enthusiasts have alleged the success could be attributed to people’s enthusiasm after the first Kung Fu Panda movie.

8. Jean Claude Van Damme was in Kung Fu Panda 2

The Kung Fu Panda series attracted the who-is-who of the film industry. One such big name was Jean-Claude Van Damme, who voiced Master Croc.

9. DreamWorks Started Making Kung Fu Panda in 2003

According to DreamWorks’ executives, the making of the first film started in 2003, about five years before it was officially released.

10. Kung Fu Panda’s Name “Po” Means Peace

Kung Fu Panda’s character Po’s full name is Po Ping, which means precious peace, as is evident in his traits. In the third sequel, viewers learn that Po was called Little Lotus, a flower that resembles goodness and honesty, by his original family.

11. The Wuxi Finger Hold is Not Real

At the end of Kung Fu Panda 1, the Wuxi finger hold is the last move Po uses against Tai Lung. It turns out it wasn’t real; it was just a story that the masters at the Jade Palace had made up to scare their students.

12. Tai Lung was One of the Most Powerful Villains in Kung Fu Panda

Even though Lord Shen and Fenghuang had excellent backstories, Tai Lung was the most powerful villain, according to Kung Fu Panda enthusiasts. Tai Lung was a student of Master Shifu, and because the two shared a special bond, it makes more sense that Shifu trained him to be the best of the best. Tai Lung proved to be very powerful when he escaped Chorh-Gom Prison with the help of only one feather.

13. The Individual Fighting Styles in Kung Fu Panda are Real

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Whether it’s the Mantis, Viper, Crane, Tiger, or Monkey, all the moves displayed throughout the series are valid Kung Fu styles. Po uses the Bear Kung Fu style.

14. There are Kung Fu Panda TV Shows

After the success of Kung Fu Panda 1, DreamWorks started producing spin-off TV shows like “Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny” and “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.” The spin-offs are designed to expose more about Po’s life and his friends.

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Last Update: March 1, 2024