Kung Fu Panda Holiday
Kung Fu Panda Holiday is a 2010 American computer-animated television special produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Tim Johnson. A spinoff of the Kung Fu Panda franchise, the special stars the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Lucy Liu, James Hong, and Jack McBrayer. The special premiered on NBC on November 24, 2010, and its premiere broadcast drew 5.9 million viewers.
|Kung Fu Panda Holiday|
|Written by||Jonathan Groff|
|Directed by||Tim Johnson|
|Theme music composer||Henry Jackman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Production company(s)||DreamWorks Animation|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Preceded by||Secrets of the Furious Five|
|Followed by||Kung Fu Panda 2|
Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) assigns Po (Jack Black) to host the annual Winter Feast at the Jade Palace, a highly ritualized formal occasion where all the Kung Fu masters of China attend, insisting on the perfection of the event. Although excited, Po also wishes to spend the holiday with his father Mr. Ping (James Hong), and rejects the finest chefs in China in an attempt to have him cater the event. However, Mr. Ping believes Po is more concerned with his duties as the Dragon Warrior, and adamantly remains at his restaurant to feed the townsfolk who have nowhere else to eat for the holiday.
Guilt-ridden, Po tries to cook the banquet by himself, but is quickly overwhelmed by the myriad responsibilities that come with it, further complicated by the interference of Wo Hop (Jack McBrayer), a rabbit chef he had accidentally disgraced earlier and is desperate to die at the hands of the Dragon Warrior to redeem his honor. A comment from Wo Hop that "kung fu can't solve everything" inspires Po to enlist the Furious Five to complete the preparations for the feast while he has the still-suicidal Wo Hop help him in the kitchen.
On the night of the Winter Feast, Po comes to realize that he should be with his father for the holiday and excuses himself before the masters to help Mr. Ping prepare food for the townsfolk. For his part, Mr. Ping, who had been struggling with the business alone, realizes that he was being unfair to his son for attending to his larger responsibilities and apologizes to him. With this reconciliation, father and son prepare their feast with polished skill.
Moved by Po's loyalty to his family, the Furious Five and the other masters participate in the festivities with the townsfolk. Po is additionally able to restore Wo Hop's honor by presenting him with the Golden Ladle originally intended for the chef selected to cook for the masters' banquet. Shifu is initially mortified that everyone abandoned the feast, but upon seeing the merry time everyone is having at the noodle shop, he realizes Po did the right thing, creating a truly perfect event with his father. Although Shifu turns to leave, Po persuades him to join them, firmly asserting Shifu's place with his family.
- Jack Black as Po
- Angelina Jolie as Master Tigress
- Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu
- Jack McBrayer as Wo Hop
- Jackie Chan as Master Monkey
- Seth Rogen as Master Mantis
- Jonathan Groff as Master Rhino
- David Cross as Master Crane
- Lucy Liu as Master Viper
- James Hong as Mr. Ping
- Dan Fogler as Zeng
- Susan Fitzer as Shop Owner, Baby Bunny, Host Goose
- Lena Golia as Little Bunny
- Stephen Kearin as Father, Village Bunny
- Tom Owens as Dream Bunny, Panicked Pig
- Conrad Vernon as Boar Bandit
- Mick Wingert as Goose Attendant, Pig Tailor
- Ian McShane as Tai Lung (cameo)
On the special's review on Common Sense Media, Emily Ashby praised its positive messages and role models, in which Po "learns that listening to your heart is the best way to make the right decision, and his choice inspires others to do the same".
The special was released on DVD and Blu-ray, as simply Kung Fu Panda Holiday, on November 6, 2012. In Australia and the UK it was released under a new title of Kung Fu Panda: Po's Winter Wonderland, which was released on November 11, 2012, and November 19, 2012, exclusively at Sainsbury's stores. It was re-released on DVD on October 1, 2013 along with Shrek the Halls, Merry Madagascar, Gift of the Night Fury, and The Croods.
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- "Kung Fu Panda: Po's Winter Wonderland (Sainsbury's Exclusive)". Sainsbury's Entertainment. Retrieved November 19, 2012.