In case you haven’t heard, DreamWorks is making an animated flick about a panda who is trying to learn kung-fu. In possibly the most brilliant casting decision of this decade, the panda will be voiced by Jack Black. That’s the old news. The update is that three more reasonably big names have signed on to the project, continuing DreamWorks trend of hiring star power for their animated films. New to the cast are Dustin Hoffman, voicing Shifu the Panda master; Lucy Liu voicing Master Viper; and Jackie Chan voicing Master Monkey, a dedicated warrior. Also, some guy named Ian McShane will be voicing the snow leopard villain.
As mentioned above, I think Jack Black was a brilliant casting decision for this flick. The new additions to the cast also seem to be reasonably sound decisions, even if the concepts of the man-whore of