LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT – Review

Kung Fu. This time, with a rabbit.

 

Sun Lijun‘s LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT  is what you’d expect of a film with a similarities to the more familiar animated Kung Fu film Kung Fu Panda (2008) and its subsequent releases to try and capitalize on a successful franchise. However, instead of a quality animated martial arts action-comedy, what we see here is a paraphrased tale with horrid voice acting on the part Jon Heder as Fu, the Kung Fu rabbit. Understanding Heder’s attempt to “distance” himself from his more familiar Napoleon Dynamite character. The result: a barely audible and mundane character voice appearance.    similar title to a mainstream, successful franchise–lacking in quality. The animation is satisfactory for a lower budget studio, however the downfall of this animated feature lies within the character dialogue, silly special effects, and the fact Napoleon Dynamite was cast as the protagonist. Listening to Jon Heder do a modified impression of his famed character’s voice for ninety minutes is not a satisfying experience, nor one that can be recommended for the viewer to sit through. Kung Fu Rabbit is a “Kung Fu” ripoff in every sense of the word.LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT

Fu the Rabbit (Heder) is sent on a quest at his master Sifu’s deathbed (Tom Arnold) to locate his kung fu prodigy daughter Penny (Rebecca Black) and her sidekick Biggie (Claire Geare) to defeat Sifu’s panda rival, Slash (Michael Clarke Duncan) and save their martial arts school.

It is clear as day the film was inspired by the blockbuster “Panda” hit right down to Michael Clarke Duncan being cast in both films. Did you know that Rebecca Black, infamously known for her annoying and viral video “Friday” voices in this animated film? The realization just hit me while typing out this line. However, to be fair, her performance is pretty decent. Heder “rabbit” serves his role as a sort of poor version of Jack Black‘s panda, but without the funny. The Napoleon Dynamite schtick does not work here under any circumstance, and the only thing worse than his voice is the action scenes and the dialogue between the characters. Scenes where chi energy is used frankly look cheesy and the humor is forced. Usually terrible films and rip-offs should at least get a few chuckles out of the audience for being so bad it’s good, but even in this–the rabbit fails.

Move along, there’s nothing to see here.

Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit special features include “Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Jon Heder, Tom Arnold, Rebecca Black, and Michael Clarke Duncan. “Minuscule” Sneak Peek. Presents in widescreen. English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio with optional English and Spanish subtitles. The recording studio featurette shows the cast discussing their reasons for working on the film, the characters they lent their voices to, and why they could relate to those characters. It should be noted the background music is too loud and sometimes it can be hard understanding what is being said. The Minuscule sneak peeks are five animated shorts featuring a variety of insects and their daily lives. Well-animated and with subtle traces of humor, Minuscule can be enjoyed by everyone.

Art and supplementary material courtesy ©2013 of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. All rights reserved.

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  • Rated 1 stars
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Review Summary:

Fu the Rabbit (Jon Heder), a humble chef, must venture out of the comfort of his kitchen and go on a heroic quest.

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