Friday, February 20, 2009

You Just Need To Believe - Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated and 11 Annie Award-winning 2008 American animated comedy blockbuster. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation's studio.

Its story may looks a little bit tradition and classical. But what I liked about it most was the focus on the parts related to the believes of the characters. The film doesn't highlight the "battle" between the good and the bad, and the victory of the good at the end, as much as it highlights the change in the characters faith and believes.

This scene is one of my most favorites.

Shifu: Master, master ... I have ... It's... It's very bad news!
Oogway: Ah Shifu, there is just news. There is no good or bad.
Shifu: Master, your vision... your vision was right. Tai Lang has broke out of prison. He's on his way.
Oogway: That's a bad news!!! If you don't believe that the Dragon Warrior can stop him.
Shifu: The panda?! Master, that panda is not the Dragon Warrior. He's even not meant to be here! It was an accident!!
Oogway: There are no accidents.
Shifu: Yes I know. You've said that already... twice.
Oogway: My friend, the panda will never fulfill his destiny, nor you yours until you let go of the illusion of control.
Shifu: Illusion?
Oogway: Yes. Look at this tree, Shifu, I cannot make it blossom when it suits me nor make it bear fruit before its time.
Shifu: But there are things we can control. I can control when the fruit will fall, I can control where to plant the seed. That is no illusion, Master!
Oogway: Ah, yes. But no matter what you do, that seed will grow to be a peach tree. You may wish for an apple or an orange, but you will get a peach.
Shifu: But a peach cannot defeat Tai Lung!
Oogway: Maybe it can, if you are willing to guide it, to nurture it, to believe in it.
Shifu: But how? How? I need your help, master.
Oogway: No, you just need to believe. Promise me, Shifu, promise me you will believe.
Shifu: I'll... I'll try.
Oogway: Good! My time has come. You must continue your journey without me.
Shifu: Wh.. What do you..?! Master, you can't leave me!!
Oogway: You must believe.

There's another scene that I admire. It's the one between Po - the panda - and his father, when the father said:"The secret ingredient is... nothing! There is No secret ingredient. It's just YOU!"

"To make something special you just have to believe it's special."

And some other lines that I love:
"One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it."
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