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Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My kids love this movie! July 25 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The feel is a lot like Kung Fu Panda with the ancient chinese landscapes, etc. But the dialog is not as high quality, and was probably written by a teenager. There are more "complicated" dialogs in other animated movies nowadays, but they are boring to my kids, and to me also. This movie is definitely high on the fun and entertaining factor. I rented it for one day and ended up buying a copy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My grandson 7 yrs old, loves this movie. Oct. 19 2013
By Ronald F. Montez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We rented this movie for my grandson and he did not want to let us return it. So I had to order it..now that he got it he's so happy, happy, happy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What An Adventure! Sept. 19 2013
By Jalynn Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
My Review:

Join this Kung Fu adventure when a group of very clever personalities also known as the students of the Tiger Academy, as they fearlessly defeat Master Sifu's mortal enemy, Slash. Slash is out to obtain a tablet that he hopes will give him the world at his fingertips. All seems to be lost until Fu, a talented chef and not to mention rabbit, steps into the picture. Fu was lucky enough to receive all of Master Sifu's Kung Fu Mastery and power upon his death. Will the transfer of his powers onto Fu the rabbit be enough to save the Kung Fu Academy as well as the world?

Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit is a delightful children's movie that my boys enjoyed. They love anything full of action and this movie fit the bill.The movie is 89 minutes in length so it kept us all entertained and it is a movie that the whole family can enjoy together. Upon watching the movie, I started hearing familiar voices such as Tom Arnold (Master Sifu) and John Heder does a great job as the voice of Fu the rabbit. Last but not least Michael Clarke Duncan as Slash. Fu is a nice, sweet unassuming rabbit that steps in to save the day and save it he does.

Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit is a fun movie that I'm sure your children will enjoy. It is also a Dove Foundation approved movie so you don't have to worry about the language or the action scenes. Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit will be released on DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand September 24 for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Disclosure** I received this as part of the ENM Network for free for my honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Chinese kung fu animation film, not bad but not panda Aug. 1 2013
By G. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is not a bad film but compared to Kung Fu Panda, a major studio production, it's very crude. I enjoyed it for the simple character and story and kung fu lessons.
Legends of Mediocrity Nov. 28 2014
By ONENEO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and were you to read the summary of 2011’s Kung Fu Rabbit, you’d be convinced DreamWorks should be very flattered indeed. The story tells of a a portly and dumpy rabbit named Fu who makes a living in the restaurateur sector (making sweet cakes), who inadvertently gets swept up in the world of Kung Fu mastery when a true master (Shifu no less) passes on his skills and knowledge after a fatal assault. Oh and if all of this weren’t enough to make you think you’d accidentally stumbled upon a summation of Kung Fu Panda with a few typos, perhaps you’d be interested to discover that the bad guy is in fact a large panda in need of a good stomping. A nice tag-line for this film could well have been, “Take That Katzenberg”.

Of course with its budget of roughly 12-mil and a 2013 direct-to-dvd release here in the States by Lions Gate that pretty much failed to register so much as a blip on the population’s collective radar, it’s pretty safe to say Jeffery Katzenberg and the rest of DreamWorks didn’t lose too much sleep over the concept of lost revenue to Kung Fu Rabbit.

It should be noted however that the production caused a bit more of a stir abroad, having been produced in China and playing on the slant of better cultural authenticity and more spectacular martial arts than the Panda film from the US, Kung Fu Rabbit actually earned itself a theatrical run in several markets abroad including both Asian and European.

Interestingly, and what is apparently commonplace, when dubbed into English, not only did the film receive a new cast but many editorial changes as well, apparent when looking at a translation even of things as simple as the character’s names. Master Shifu here in the American version is known only as Master in the original script (as apparently shifu is synonymous with master, meaning Master Shifu of Kung Fu Panda fame would in fact be akin to saying Master Master), lead character Fu was in fact Tu, and daughter Penny here was Peony in the original and led to a long running shtick where Tu mistakenly believes her name to be Pony. Even the title, here Kung Fu Rabbit is the more original Legend of a Rabbit in its native release. This is relevant simply because one can only hope that a lot of the blatant Kung Fu Panda rip-offs were more the result of American marketing looking to cash-in on the fact that a lot of consumers just skim the covers and back descriptions of animated DVDs and blus before making a rental or purchase rather than a Chinese film company’s legit offensive against a beloved global franchise.

Beijing Film Academy and Tianjin Film Studio are the groups responsible for this film, which comes in a run time of 89-minutes and wears a PG rating due to some questionable language and animated violence and weaponry.

I suppose all of this is fine and well but doesn’t do much to explain what watching the film itself is like and to that there is a single word that does a nice job covering it: Drab. The visuals are pretty decent, environments rich and characters nicely detailed but the story feels an awful lot like Kung Fu Panda stripped of just about everything that made the franchise so endearing. While Po was never in danger of nomination into Mensa, he is a mastermind when compared to Fu (voiced earnestly by genuine funny guy John Heder). Many of the gags concerning his low IQ and clumsiness stretch on for entirely too long and make suspension of disbelieve all but impossible. Shifu has to show up into Fu’s dreams literally twice just to make him understand that he's been given the gift of Kung Fu despite his having explained it when the transfer initially took place and the skills literally manifesting within him as the movie goes on.

The remainder of the characters face a similar fate, the only real depth coming in the form of the short-lived Shifu (Tom Arnold); who actually manages to appear wise and kind without resorting to cliche “Confucius Say” style accenting.

About the only area the piece succeeds is through a couple of well choreographed Kung Fu fight sequences (and, believe it or not, a few instances of Fu preparing food). Other wise the film is rife with slow pacing, minimal character motivation and cliches aplenty. The character models are literally cut & paste from the Kung Fu Panda school of art and just shuffled around in the hopes that playing different roles may confuse potentially viewers to the lack of originality: This time the master is the monkey, the bad guy the panda, Tigress has a clone, well two of them as they happen to be twins. The bad guy minions are oxen, pigs and so on. I didn’t spot an equivalent to Mantis in this one but perhaps I simply didn’t study the backgrounds hard enough.

All in all, the end result (despite how it may seem in reading this) doesn’t quite feel as Kung Fu Panda-ripped-off as expected though that isn’t to suggest it is good by default as a result either. What is here is an hour and a half of substandard plotting, average visuals and some sequences that drag on to the point of tedium. Look into this one only if you’ve watched both Panda films, all of the holiday specials, and the entire Legends of Awesomeness animated television series and find you still crave some anthropomorphic animals performing Kung Fu in ancient China. And even then it would be wise to go in with low expectations.

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