Posted Friday, April 20, 2018 8:44 AM | Contributed by Jeff
"Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor's Quest," is a theater experience featuring seats that gyrate and shift to bring the story to life — with water, smoke, wind and other effects to boot. It is based on the popular film franchise from DreamWorks Animation, the studio Comcast's NBC Universal acquired for $3.8 billion two years ago. It replaces an aging attraction from the Glendale animation studio featuring the ogre Shrek, who last starred in his own film in 2010.
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Cool. Replacing an outdated, above average animated franchise with an almost outdated, below average animated franchise is always the right move.
I have to admit, I liked the Panda movies. They were better than I expected.
And the characters are always so cute in the parade and such. They’re quite recognizable, so maybe it’s not so bad.
Who’s in that? Jack Black? And a host of A to A- star’s, so maybe they’ll all be included.
It looks like there’s an attempt to modernize the system. I’m not sure what “swiveling seats” means, but it sounds like riotous action might be expected.
I go on everything when I go, so I’ll be there someday.
I thought the panda movie (I only saw the first one) wasn't bad at all, but it's certainly not as recognizable as Shrek. The characters are cute, and the visuals are great on a good home theater setup, but I'm not the target market to tell you whether or not an attraction based on it will have any staying power.
I actually loved all of the KFP movies, and Shrek really declined after the first two, so I like the switch personally. However, I definitely don't get the need to do so considering that both ARE almost irrelevant.
Unless of course there's a new KFP movie in the works...
Kung Fu Panda was on Nickelodeon for a few years (and reruns still air) and another version is supposedly coming to Amazon later this year.
In this sense, KFP is totally relevant while Shrek hasn't done anything in years - although isn't a fifth movie supposed to come out eventually?
I remember seeing the first film and really liking it, but was frankly completely unaware it had become such a long-lasting franchise. I knew there was a sequel, but not 3 films, 2 television series', and 5 short films to go along with that.
I've never been to Manila, but according to this article there are not one but three more movies planned.
If you grew up in Northwest Ohio like I did in the 80's, the most exciting pandas ever got was a visit to the Toledo Zoo when I was 11 years old. There was no Kung Fu, only sleeping pandas.
It was a big deal...Last edited by OhioStater, Sunday, April 29, 2018 11:02 PM
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