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Kung Fu Panda
(2008)
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Co-Composed and Produced by:

Co-Composed by:
John Powell
Henry Jackman

Conducted by:
Xincao Li
Gavin Greenaway

Performed by:
The China National Symphony Orchestra

The London Voices

Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Dave Metzger
Kevin Fliesch
John A. Coleman
Jane Antonia Cornish
Jake Parker
Germaine Franco
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Interscope Records
(June 3rd, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate either Hans Zimmer's epic and fluid harmonic progressions or John Powell's dynamic and creative rhythms and instrumentation, for this blend of the two is adequate in sum and impressive in parts.

Avoid it... if the extensive use of the tones of Eastern culture, led by the erhu and expansive percussion, are too overwhelming an influence on the score, or if the few comedy and fighting cues you heard in the film break up the otherwise solid and consistently respectful treatment of the martial arts.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #695
WRITTEN 6/27/08
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Kung Fu Panda: (Hans Zimmer/John Powell) Marking the first animated film by Dreamworks to be produced in 2.35:1 widescreen format, Kung Fu Panda has a more weighty dramatic storyline than you might expect. While the images of a cute panda engaged in kung fu comedy will entertain the kids, the film also places an emphasis on the value of perseverance, self-respect, and confidence. In an Eastern kingdom of only talking animals, Po the Panda is the unlikely candidate selected by the top martial arts master of the land to become "Dragon Warrior" and defend the land against a powerful, escaped villain. The panda, a huge fan of martial arts despite his clunky and awkward personal stature, has hidden talents that expose themselves beyond his fanboy enthusiasm (and thus much of the comedy of the film) for other, more famous animals successful in the martial arts. The collaboration between Dreamworks and veteran composer Hans Zimmer continues with Kung Fu Panda. In a year of accelerated activity in film scoring (including sequels to Batman Begins and Madagascar), Zimmer plans to clear his compositional obligations to embark on a world tour of his music. Although Zimmer was originally reported as the sole composer for Kung Fu Panda, Dreamworks announced late in the production (at test screenings, interestingly) that former Zimmer pupil and now very successful composer John Powell had contributed music to the film. This collaboration, while significant in the 1990's, had not been revisited since Powell's marginal work on 2000's The Road to El Dorado. Powell himself has matured into a career among the most active of any composer working in Hollywood, with an astonishing level of production in 2008 alone. Kung Fu Panda directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson enthusiastically embraced the two composers and their distinct contributions to the film. Their intent with the soundtrack was to avoid pop songs and elements of animated musicals, instead opting for a score of epic proportions that would respect the history of the martial arts and address the culture of the East.



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Average: 3.34 Stars
***** 292 5 Stars
**** 217 4 Stars
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FVSR Reviews Kung Fu Panda
Brendan Cochran - March 1, 2016, at 5:24 p.m.
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Magnificently impressive soundtrack!
Mayam Abbo - Hyderabad - October 20, 2008, at 2:23 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 60:05
• 1. Hero (4:41)
• 2. Let the Tournament Begin (1:58)
• 3. Dragon Warrior is Among Us (2:56)
• 4. Tai Lung Escapes (7:05)
• 5. Peach Tree of Wisdom (1:53)
• 6. Accu-Flashback (4:04)
• 7. Impersonating Shifu (2:17)
• 8. Sacred Pool of Tears (9:50)
• 9. Training Po (1:28)
• 10. The Bridge (3:22)
• 11. Shifu Faces Tai Lung (4:46)
• 12. The Dragon Scroll (2:31)
• 13. Po vs Tai Lung (2:40)
• 14. Dragon Warrior Rises (3:22)
• 15. Panda Po (2:39)
• 16. Oogway Ascends (2:03)
• 17. Kung Fu Fighting - performed by Cee-Lo Green and Jack Black (2:30)

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The insert includes extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film.
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