My project was to watch Kung Fu panda II and point out and find any Taoist, Confucius, or Legalist, ideas and practices that I saw. I then had to explain why I believed that another 8th grader should chose this option for their Living Color Project.
Kung Fu Panda was a visual representation of how Taoism, Legalism and Confucianism can affect our culture, our movie culture, and our perception of Ancient China. Kung Fu Panda II is set in the Valley of Peace where Po is training to better himself and truly discover who he is. He was orphaned as a child and was adopted by a goose. In this episode of the series Po finally learns about his past and comes to terms with what has happened to his family.
In Kung Fu Panda II Po goes threw the process of rectification of names. At the start of the movie Po genuinely believes that the goose is his father. But, later when we hear that a village of other Panda's existed but was wiped out, Po questions his roots and sets off on a adventure to find answers. Po later finds out that his parents had left him in a radish box. What he did not know was that he parents tried to save him. But, Po came to the conclusion that he parents didn't approve of him and wanted to dispose of him.
The five great relationships are also present in this movie. We learn that the rightful heir to the thrown (the sawn showed in the picture above) was banished for killing all of the Pandas and committing geniside. The movie is based around his return. When he comes back he demands that the people of the city bow to their rightful ruler and obey him. We also see that all of Po friends and team mates are treated the same. Po is rightfully the dragon warrior, technically giving him more power and say over the others. But, he turns out not to be the strongest. All of the members of the team have their value and are all treated equally, showed in the five great relations. The last relationship that he see in the movie is when Po's step father tries to intervene with his leaving for his journey. At this point Po has learnt that the goose is not his father and decides to treat him differently. In the first movie we see that father trying to prevent Po from becoming and succeeding at the beginning. This is because Po viewed him as his father. But, now that Po has released that he is not his true father he treats him as a friend and an equal and not as a father or parent.
In the movie there are moments where the Yin and Yang can be seen. For example, at the end, Po has come to terms with who he has and gained a new ability. He later redirects a cannon ball but not before forming a Yin and Yang. I believe that in this specific moment, Po symbolizes peace and the simplicity of things while the cannon ball represents industry and violence.
P'u is a major theme seen throughout the story. Throughout all three movies Po is trying to better himself but can't. He always stays as the foolish and naive child. He always want to run into a fight head first while Tigris, a friend, is always trying to hold him back but can't. Po like Whinny the Pooh might be the perfect Taoist. He is the definition of an uncharted block. Countless times we see Po playing with precious artifacts and acting as if he is a child without any responsibilities when the truth is he is the dragon warrior who has to keep all of China safe from invaders.
I believe that another 8th grader