Jack Black and Kung Fu Panda  

Posted by Linda Keilbart Scanlan in , ,

What do you get when two satellite engineers meet? It's impossible to see the end result.

Jack Black was the literal result of two satellite engineers, marrying and having a child. For those of you who regularly watch Black's movies, we are talking about Hubble satellite technology and not dish satellite technology.

Jack Black has made "title" waves at the box office with films such as "Nacho Libre", "School of Rock" and "Shallow Hal". His newest release "Kung Fu Panda" has been talked about in my household for the past two months ever since my children (all teens and older) saw the previews in theater.

Jack is the voice of Po, an undisciplined, out of shape Panda that must save the day.This animated film will keep audiences entertained with the story line and the animation.

This writer however only sees the true form of Jack Black. I do not believe it was by accident that a Panda was chosen as his character. In my humble opinion, Po is Jack Black in actual animated form.

Jack is 38 years old. Give him a few more weeks and he will be 39.

"While at UCLA, he was a member of Tim Robbins's acting troupe and it was through this collaboration that led to his 1992 film debut in Bob Roberts (1992). Although he was just a background voice in his first film, Jack's appearances in such television shows as "The X Files" (1993), his breakthrough performance in High Fidelity (2000), and his rock-comedy band Tenacious D have created an ever-growing cult following." (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0085312/bio) His humble beginnings could not have prepared the world for the Jack Black Phenomenon.

Jack's contributions to the film industry include, but is not limited to being a composer, writer, producer and actor. Rumor has it that women are gaga over this near middle aged man. Personally the stretchy pants in Nacho Libre killed any dormant cell in my body that might consider waking up and falling for this guy.

His parental gene pool gave him the wit (smarts) he uses often in the film making industry. The heredity factor fell quite short when giving him natural instincts on how to effectively use this gift. Perhaps the parents lost the "user guide"at the hospital. I am not against Jack Black. I think one should approach his work as one would approach a rattle snake or the plague...with extreme caution. I leave most of his films alone, but the older teens and adult children in our family seem to find a warped sense of true reality in his work.

Kung Fu Panda however is a film I would recommend for the family to watch. With vocal talents like Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Dustin Hoffman (all serious actors), this movie hit number one in the box office the weekend it was released. I am fairly sure the DVD release will rake in high sales. It's cute, it's funny, it actually has a point, so go watch Jack Black in his true identity as Po, the Kung Fu Panda. It's 88 minutes long and is rated PG.

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I absolutely adored this movie. We saw it opening night and are going back to see it this Saturday as well. It was so much fun! I recommend it to any and all.

June 10, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Thanks for the movie review.
I wanted to see it once I saw the preview but now after reading your thoughts, I will be sure to go see it.

June 18, 2008 at 2:45 PM

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