This is a review for the first Kung Fu Panda, not the new one.
The story is about Po, a panda who dreams of becoming a kung fu master but who is stuck in his family noodle business, where his father expects him to someday take over the noodle shop. He loves kung fu, and on the day when the local monastery is holding a celebration to find the “Dragon Warrior,” a warrior of legend, he goes as a spectator only to find himself chosen by the grandmaster as the Dragon Warrior himself.
I thought this was a highly entertaining movie. Lots of jokes were really funny. If I had one complaint, it would be the overall theme that to “believe” you are the best is enough to become the best. Belief in your abilities is a good first step, but equally important is the work that goes into becoming the best. In the eventual outcome (I’m not giving anything away; it’s obvious from the beginning where it’s going), I felt the same way I felt while watching the Karate Kid II. There’s no reason some dude can beat a long practiced martial arts master just by being the Chosen One, the same way Daniel-san shouldn’t have been able to beat the well-practiced Chozen just because Danny happened to be White.
Anyway, I thought this was an entertaining movie. I hope I’m not looking too much into the message. Watch it, and then talk it over with your kids.