Kung Fu Panda (2008): A journey to self-confidence


Synopsis: Po is a fat, clumsy panda who has one passion: Kung Fu. He lives with his dad who happens to be a goose (Fig 3) and works in the noodle shop with him.The day comes where Master Oogay will pick the legendary Dragon Warrior during a festive ceremony at the Jade Palace. Po faces the dilemma: selling noodles to everyone at the ceremony as his dad asked him to do or attend the ceremony to see the ‘Dragon Warrior’.

This gets out of hand and Po ends up being accidentally chosen as the ‘Dragon Warrior’. To start his training, he moves into the Jade Palace where he meets his heroes ‘The Furious Five’: Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Snake and Monkey.

the Jade palace residents hate and despise Po in spite of the panda’s attempt to make friends and be a good student.

It is finally time for Po to face his destiny as Dragon warriors and stop Tai Lung. Po wants to quit and run away. Shi Fu catches up with him and asks him why didn’t he left before:

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So Po doesn’t like himself… He doesn’t believe in himself and thought that only Shi Fu the kung fu master could change him.
Shi Fu convinces Po to come back and get the Dragon scroll which will give him the knowledge to defeat Tai Lung.

Turns out the scroll is blank, just a golden mirror.Shi Fu doesn’t know what Oogay meant with this scroll.

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Unsettled, Shif Fu and Po help the villagers to evacuate.
Po helps his father to pack, and the goose finally reveals what makes his special ingredient of his ‘special ingredient soup’ is NOTHING, and:

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Po understands that the scroll is not what makes him the dragon warrior but that he has to believe he is the Dragon warriors and by doing that loving himself/ believing in himself.

I feel like this is a beautiful story once you pay attention to those little details.
It’s a short movie with a deep meaning.


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