Kung Fu Panda world premiere, red carpet arrivals

WHAT: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie and Lucy Liu — along with directors John Stevenson and Mark Osborne, producer Melissa Cobb, and co-producers/screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, along with DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg — arrived on the star-studded red carpet prior to the worldwide premiere screening of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, which played out of competition at the Palais during the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival.

MOVIE: Enthusiastic, big and a little clumsy, Po (Golden Globe nominee Jack Black) is the biggest fan of kung fu around … which doesn’t exactly come in handy while working every day in his family’s noodle shop.

When he’s unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po’s dreams become reality and he joins the world of kung fu to study alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five: Tigress (Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie); Crane (Emmy winner David Cross); Mantis (Emmy nominee Seth Rogen); Viper (Emmy/SAG nominee Lucy Liu); and Monkey (international superstar Jackie Chan) — under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu (two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman).

However, before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung (Emmy/Golden Globe winner Ian McShane) is headed their way, and it is up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a kung fu master into reality? Po puts his heart into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. The film opens nationwide in the US on 6 June.

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