…but [Oogway] knows Shifu is struggling, he’s seen him struggling for many years. Like a great therapist, he doesn’t ever give the answers, he’s always gently guiding. I think this is a moment where we like to think it’s very clear that Oogway makes his decision to leave, because he knows Shifu isn’t going to be able to do it so long as Oogway’s around to be a crutch and to be relied upon. Oogway knows “it is my time.”
And also, I think there’s some backstory where Oogway knows that Shifu’s destiny is to be the next Oogway, and I think Shifu spent a lot of his young career probably hoping to be the Dragon Warrior himself. It wasn’t until he believed he failed, he believed he wasn’t good enough, didn’t believe himself - which again, is thematic to the film - that he became a teacher. And he thought, “I’m going to raise the next Dragon Warrior, I’m going to create the Dragon Warrior!” So Shifu’s been on this track of “I failed at my mission…”
But Oogway’s known: “No, there’s a greater mission for you.”
Which is where Oogway gives him his staff, it’s a symbolic handing over - "You are now me."
- Kung Fu Panda director’s commentary (Mark Osborne and John Stevenson)
Can we take a moment to just, appreciate Tigress from Kung Fu Panda.
Like, appreciate the fact that she is completely nonsexualized and that her design is not typically gendered at all.
And that she’s kick-ass and a tiger and fierce as hell.
(But is also really cuddly and…
On Father’s Day, cub Tigress cooked for Master Shifu.
Yeah pretty much what I expect of Mr. Ping in KFP3. Sorry for the shitty background.
6/100 MOVIES: kung fu panda
“To make something special you just have to believe it’s special.”
Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are. it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be … So, who are you, Panda?