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Oogway and Kai's scroll refers to the scroll that documents Oogway and Kai's history with one another five hundred years prior to Kung Fu Panda 3. It is read right to left[1] and, in Oogway's words, describes his younger days as an army general alongside Kai, meeting the ancient pandas of Panda Village, learning chi, and eventually defeating Kai.[2]

The scroll is featured in Kung Fu Panda 3, when Shifu reads it to Po and the Furious Five in order to learn about Kai. After the scroll room's destruction, Tigress delivers the scroll to Po at Panda Village, where Li also reads it.


The Chinese text written on the scroll is, in the film's context, written by Oogway and spoken word-for-word by Shifu.[2] In its original concept art, however, the text is revealed to be poetry that "relates to storytelling." Art director Max Boas notes that "it is not literal, but rather just another layer, visually appealing in general but best appreciated by our Chinese audience."[1]

The various stamps exhibited on the scroll represent the insignias of "past owners to suggest the many hands it has encountered and lives it has touched throughout its years of existence."[1]


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  • The artistic way this scroll is presented in Kung Fu Panda 3 (termed as "scroll vision") was inspired by the historic Chinese scroll Along the River During the Qingming Festival by Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145).[1]
  • Most of the art created by the film's concept and visual development artists ended up being featured in the final version of the film nearly unaltered, which according to production designer and one of the concept artists Raymond Zibach is "a rare opportunity and extremely fulfilling for the artists."[1]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Miller-Zarneke, Tracey. The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3, p. 107. ISBN: 9781608874941.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016). Written by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger & directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni. Distributed by 20th Century Fox.
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