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The Art of Kung Fu Panda is a DreamWorks Animation art book companion to its movie's namesake that features concept illustrations, behind-the-scenes insight and commentary, as well as production design notes of the film's story, characters, locations, and animation. It is written by Tracey Miller-Zarneke, published by Insight Editions, and features a preface by Jack Black, the voice of Po the panda. The book was published on May 13, 2008.[1]

Synopsis

Front cover tag

DreamWorks Animation SKG brings us Kung Fu Panda, a film about Po the panda, the improbable kung fu hero called upon to defend his land. This lavish companion book brings you behind the scenes of the film and into the studios of DreamWorks Animation, where artistry and storytelling reign. Every page of The Art of Kung Fu Panda provides an inside look at the making of this knockout film, featuring more than 300 pieces of visual development artwork, as well as behind-the-scenes stories and insights from the filmmakers who crafted this stylistic legend. Special attention is given to the character design, story development, visual development and awesome CG effects.[2]

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Enthusiastic and a little clumsy, Po is the biggest fan of kung fu around... but his girth is better suited for working in his father's noodle restaurant than kung fu fighting. When the vengeful snow leopard Tai Lung threatens the safety of the serene Valley of Peace, all hopes are pinned on Po, the newly anointed Dragon Warrior, and a most unexpected defender of the land. When the legendary Furious Five and their teacher, Master Shifu, are charged with transforming this flabby, food-loving panda into a kung fu warrior, they realize that destiny sometimes arrives in unexpected ways. With awesome, eye-popping art, behind-the-scenes visuals and exclusive filmmaker insights, this unique collector's edition takes you beyond the on-screen world of the Valley of Peace, detailing the journey of Kung Fu Panda, from concept to finished film.[3]

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Kung Fu Panda franchise
Feature films Kung Fu Panda (2008) (transcript    commentary    soundtrack)    Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) (transcript    commentary    soundtrack)    Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) (transcript    soundtrack)
Short films Secrets of the Furious Five (2008) (transcript)    Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010) (transcript)    Secrets of the Masters (2011) (transcript)    Secrets of the Scroll (2015) (transcript)    Panda Paws (2016) (transcript)
Series
Television Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011–2016) (episodes    transcripts    DVDs)
Micro-series Legend of the Legendary Warrior (2008) (transcript)    Pandiva (2015–2016) (transcript)
Web series Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny (2018– ) (episodes    transcripts)
Games
Platform games Kung Fu Panda: The Game (2008)    Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors (2008)    Kung Fu Panda 2: The Game (2011)    Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends (2015)
Computer games Kung Fu Panda World (2010–2012)    Kung Fu Panda: Tales of Po (2012)
Apps Kung Fu Panda 2: Be the Master (2011–2013)    Kung Fu Panda: Battle of Destiny (2015–2017)
Board games Kung Fu Panda: The Board Game (2018)
Books
Art books The Art of Kung Fu Panda (2008)    The Art of Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)    The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3 (2015)
Manga Kung Fu Panda (manga) (2008)
Comics Art of Balance (2011)    Kung Fu Panda #1 (2011)    Kung Fu Panda #2 (2011)    Kung Fu Panda #3 (2011)    Kung Fu Panda #4 (2011)    Kung Fu Panda #5 (2011)    Kung Fu Panda #6 (2011)    Tales of the Dragon Warrior #1 (2012)    Tales of the Dragon Warrior #2 (2012)    Tales of the Dragon Warrior #3 (2012)    Tales of the Dragon Warrior #4 (2012)    More coming soon!
Other The Tao of Po (2015)
Live entertainment Kung Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness (2012)    Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor's Quest (2018) (transcript)    Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live (2019)
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