Secrets of the Furious Five

by Alan Rapp on November 18, 2008

in Home Video

  • Title: Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five
  • IMDB: link

Secrets of the Furious Five is offered as a bonus disc with select two-pack versions of Kung Fu Panda (read that review).  The story involves Po (Jack Black), after the events of the film, becoming a larger part of the community and sharing his knowledge of Kung Fu with a group of young students by instructing them that Kung Fu isn’t only about fighting – it also teaches important virtues.

At only 23-minutes it’s sadly short (especially since it’s the main feature of the disc), but in terms of story it works well enough.  Through more traditional 2-D animation flashbacks Po tells the unruly students tales of each of the Furious Five and how they learned valuable lessons about patience, courage, discipline, compassion, and confidence.

As an extra-bonus disc it’s a nice addition.  I wouldn’t buy it separately, but getting it thrown in for the same price, or even a buck or two more, you get what you’d expect.  Although the animation style used in the short is fine, I’m a little disappointed it doesn’t more closely resemble the film (except for Po’s scenes).  I can see why DreamWorks decided to package this with the original as it doesn’t stand-out on its own, but if you are a fan of the film, like me, I’d suggest spending a couple more bucks if only to learn how to draw the characters (pretty cool) and give your kids a little insight into the styles of Kung Fu used in the film, and the animals which inspired them.

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