Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American animated comedy film. Although the concept of a 'kung fu panda' has been around since at least 1993, work on the film did not begin until 2004. The idea for the film was conceived by Michael Lachance, a Dream Works Animation executive. The computer animation in the film was more complex than anything Dream Works had done before. Kung Fu Panda opened in 4,114 theaters, grossing $20.3 million on its opening day and $60.2 million on its opening weekend, resulting in the number one position at the box office. The film has achieved DreamWorks's
biggest opening for a non-sequel film, highest grossing animated movie of the year, and the third largest weekend overall for a DreamWorks animated film, behind Shrek the Third and Shrek 2.
In an anthropomorphic China, the Valley of Peace is protected by the Furious Five - Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper, and Crane - a quintet of warriors trained in kung fu by tortoise Master Oogway and his protégé, the red panda Master Shifu. One day, Master Oogway has a premonition that Shifu's former pupil and foster son, the snow leopard Tai Lung, will escape from prison and return to the Valley. Oogway instructs Shifu and the others to hold a tournament to choose the legendary Dragon Warrior - the one master worthy to receive the Dragon Scroll, which is said to hold the secret to limitless power. Tai Lung had been denied the Scroll years earlier, causing him to decimate the Valley in retaliation and resulting in his imprisonment. Po, a young Giant panda and kung fu fanatic who works in his goose father's noodle restaurant, is anxious to see the tournament, but is instead forced to take a noodle cart up the mountain to the Jade Temple. By the time he arrives, the gates are closed and the tournament has already started. Desperate to see the tournament, Po straps himself to a set of fireworks; he rockets into the sky and crashes into the middle of the arena just as Oogway is about to select the new Dragon Warrior. To the surprise of all, Oogway indicates that Po is the Dragon Warrior. Unwilling to believe that a clumsy, fat panda can be the Dragon Warrior, Shifu attempts to berate and humiliate Po into quitting, subjecting him to a grueling series of matches with the Five, all of whom despise Po as an upstart. Po is dejected after his first day of training, but after Master Oogway counsels him, he refuses to quit. Soon, he endears himself to the Five (except Tigress) with his impressive tenacity, culinary skill and good humor, though he is still unable to grasp the basics of kung fu.
The deeply impressed Furious Five accept Po as a kung fu master and their superior. Po returns to Shifu and finds that he is exhausted but alive, and finally at peace now that Tai Lung has been defeated and peace restored to the Valley. In a post-credits sequence, Po and Shifu are seen eating dumplings under Oogway's favorite peach tree, where a peach seed Shifu had planted earlier has begun to sprout into a seedling.