Tell me these movies are just dumb comedies. Tell me Po is just a stupid Panda. Tell me. I will fight you.
Kung Fu Panda is about a character with legitimate low self esteem issues who is mocked and ridiculed by the people he looks up to. No matter how hard he trains, he doesn’t believe in himself until he discoverers that there is no “secret ingredient” that will make him great, because HE is what makes himself great.
Po: There is no secret ingredient. It’s just you.
Oh my everlasting Primus, THIS.
This scene right here hit me like a punch to the gut. I thought I was gonna start crying in the theater, because that was ME up there. Someone, whoever wrote those lines, understood what it felt like. To go through life fat and clumsy, a walking punchline. To not know what pretty or strong or popular or good at something even feels like, and what other conclusion can you come to but that you are worthless?
Until… Shifu gets his head out of his ass, turns his thinking around, and starts training Po in ways that are useful to Po. Until Po finally gets the chance to apply the passion he’s always had and the kung-fu-nerdery he’s been amassing since he was little. Until Po becomes a master in his own time, in his own way, and saves the world without having to lose a single ounce to do it.
That was the second punch to the gut for me. Po doesn’t slim down and become buff. He still gets out of breath climbing stairs. He’s a giant awkward nerdapalooza and he’s pretty much always hungry. He’s still the same fat kid he always was, and the change, the miracle, is that that’s okay. He doesn’t have to not be a fat kid in order to be worthy.
I don’t know why Kung Fu Panda doesn’t get more love than it does. It should be our banner, y’all.
Kung Fu Panda was one of the first movies I EVER saw where the main character was fat and clumsy and awkward, basically a giant dork, but those things weren’t changed or gotten rid of during his hero quest. No one took him seriously because of them—not even himself—but it turns out that all the things about himself he was always embarrassed about did more to make him a hero and an essentially good person than training with the most skilled practitioners of martial arts in the country ever did. Normally, the fat or awkward or dorky protagonists turn out completely different by the end, at least in appearances if not personality.
When KFP came out I was still very insecure about my weight and my personality. I’ve been chubby, awkward and nerdy since my childhood, and I’d tried everything to fit in with other people—from karate classes and straightening my hair to desperately vying for popularity. But from the start of this movie, I LOVED Po, and I identified more with him than I have with any other character. And watching this scene, and all the other scenes afterwards, watching Po and everyone around him realize that he was strong and brave and good exactly the way he was, I realized the same about myself. That’s an important lesson for EVERYONE, regardless of age.
This. Just all of this.
There is no secret ingredient.
This really was a fantastic movie and the messages in it were excellent.
get the fuck out
What are you so afraid of!?
I’m REALLY sorry but it looks like they’re about to rap battle
ThIs WAS THE FIRST FUNNY pOST THaT I REBLOGGED 3 YEARS AGO!
ShinnyButter: This never fails to make me laugh
Living Arizona I can confirm this in the Summer
Image #2 caption: “Silhouettes showing approximate sizes of representative theropods. / A, Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, B, Tyrannosaurus rex, based on FMNH PR2081. / C, Tyrannosaurus rex, based on AMNH 5027. / D, Daspletosaurus torosus / E, Albertosaurus sarcophagus/ F, Troodon formosus, lower latitude individual based on multiple sources and size estimates; / G, Troodon sp., North Slope individual based on extrapolation from measurements of multiple dental specimens . Scale bar equals 1 m.”
Scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur that called the Arctic home 70 million years ago.
Nanuqsaurus hoglundi was a — relatively — tiny cousin of the Tyrannosaurus rex.
The unidentified fossilized fragments of the skull and jaw were found in northern Alaska almost eight years ago, in an area known as the Kikak-Tegoseak quarry, on the North Slope close to the Yukon border.
“The big difference between Tyrannosaurus rex and Nanuqsaurus, and Tarbosaurus for example, which is the Asian tyrannosaur, is that Nanuqsaurus is about half the size,” said Tony Fiorillo of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Texas.
“We feel that’s an adaptation to life in the North.”
Nanuqsaurus — named for the native Inupiat word for polar bear — had a skull about 64 centimetres long and stood about two metres high at the hip.
He inhabited a drastically different Arctic than the one we know today. During the Cretaceous period, the area was a coastal plain that, like now, had the Arctic Ocean to the north and snow-capped mountains to the south. But the Arctic was much warmer, and the area was covered in tall, conifer forests and flowering plants. The temperature would have been similar to western Canada today.
Although Alberta is world-famous for its dinosaur bone beds, Fiorillo said the Arctic remains largely uncharted territory. The 2006 dig produced not one, but two new dinosaur species. Fiorillo and his colleagues have also identified a new species of horned dinosaur from the Kikak-Tegoseak quarry, east of the massive Colville River.
“I can tell you that it’s absolutely mind blowing that out of the very same hole in the ground we got not one, but two brand new dinosaurs,” he said.
The team also discovered the Pachyrhinosaurus, a cousin of the triceratops.
Did these dinos calls Canada home?
At the time, the Brooks range was likely even bigger than it is today and would have blocked the creatures from going south. But there was a coastal plain that would have connected to Canada, Fiorillo said.
“So it’s entirely possible to expect to see some of these North Slope dinosaurs into that part of Canada,” he said.
Grant Zazula, paleontologist for the Yukon government, said northern Alaska appears to be “littered” with dinosaur fossils.
The neighbouring territory has a number of sites that are also 65 to 70 million years old but few have been explored.
The territory is known for fossils of ice-age mammals, such as the woolly mammoth, but dinosaurs have been more elusive. Until a few years ago only five fossil bones of dinosaurs had been found along with some dinosaur footprints preserved in the bedrock near the Ross River.
Then a team of paleontologists from Carlton University found the fossil of a plesiosaur, an ancient marine reptile, in the bedrock near the Peel River in northern Yukon.
“But nothing like what they have in Alaska,” Zazula said. “We’re thoroughly jealous.”
Zazula said he hopes the finding shines a light on the paleo potential of the Arctic.
“Alaska is huge, the Arctic of Canada is huge, and there’s been so few boots on the ground looking for stuff like this. I think finding a new species like this will just pave the way for future research in the North,” he said.
The study is published in the latest edition of the scientific journal PLoS One.