Kung Fu Panda Holiday

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Kung Fu Panda Holiday
Kung Fu Panda Holiday DVD cover
Directed by Tim Johnson
Produced by Melissa Cobb
Written by Jonathan Groff
Jon Pollack
Starring Jack Black
Angelina Jolie
Dustin Hoffman
Jack McBrayer
Jackie Chan
Seth Rogen
David Cross
Lucy Liu
James Hong
Dan Fogler
Music by Henry Jackman
Editing by C.K. Horness
Marcus Taylor
Production company DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
Country United States
Language English
Original channel NBC
Release date
  • November 24, 2010 (2010-11-24)
Running time 25 minutes
Preceded by Secrets of the Furious Five
Followed by Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda Holiday is a 2010 American television special that premiered on NBC on November 24, 2010.[1] Featured are the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Lucy Liu, James Hong, and Jack McBrayer. The special's premiere broadcast drew 5.925 million viewers.[2]

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

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".[3]

Home media[edit]

The special was released on DVD and Blu-ray, as simply Kung Fu Panda Holiday, on November 6, 2012.[4] 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,[5] and November 19, 2012, exclusively at Sainsbury's stores.[6] It was re-released on DVD on October 1, 2013 along with Shrek the Halls, Merry Madagascar, Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury, and The Croods.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hibberd, James (October 14, 2010). "NBC orders 'Shrek,' 'Kung Fu Panda' specials". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Gorman, Bill (November 30, 2010). "NBC Primetime Ratings Results For The Week Of Nov. 22-28". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Ashby, Emily. "Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special". Common Sense Media. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ Woodward, Tom. "Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (US - R1, BD)". DVDActive.com. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kung Fu Panda - Po's Winter Wonderland". DVD Warehouse. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kung Fu Panda: Po’s Winter Wonderland (Sainsbury's Exclusive)". Sainsbury's Entertainment. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 

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