Kung Fu Panda [Music from the Motion Picture]

Various Artists

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Kung Fu Panda [Music from the Motion Picture] Review

by James Christopher Monger

Composers Hans Zimmer and John Powell infuse the score for Dreamworks' 2008 animated comedy-adventure Kung Fu Panda with plenty of semi-traditional Asian motifs and instrumentation, resulting in an enjoyable -- if entirely predictable -- soundtrack that deals out clich├ęs like candy on Halloween. The opening track introduces the "Hero" theme, a wistful flute-led melody that sounds nearly identical to Howard Shore's "Hobbit" theme from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. What follows is largely orchestral, with bursts of tribal percussion and the occasional dance number. The soundtrack closes with star Jack Black and Cee-Lo Green performing "Kung Fu Fighting," a song whose inclusion is apparently mandatory for every film, commercial, or skit ever made involving Asian culture.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Kung Fu Panda, film score
1 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 04:41 Amazon
2 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 01:58 Amazon
3 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 02:56 Amazon
4 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 07:05 Amazon
5 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 01:53 Amazon
6 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 04:04 Amazon
7 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 02:17 Amazon
8 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 09:50 Amazon
9 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 01:28 Amazon
10 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 03:22 Amazon
11 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 04:46 Amazon
12 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 02:31 Amazon
13 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 02:40 Amazon
14 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 03:22 Amazon
15 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 02:39 Amazon
16 John Powell / Hans Zimmer 02:03 Amazon
17 Jack Black / CeeLo Green 02:31 Amazon
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