Kung Fu Panda end credits animation

Pappa duck

After the break, I’ve posted the the section of the Kung Fu Panda end credits (it’s after the break to avoid spoiling it for anyone). I found the whole end credits (here at the Shine site) through Cartoon Brew (hey, Jerry, you misspelled the name of the movie!), and I wanted to highlight the hand-drawn animation. I knew this character animation was done by DreamWorks animators, and what struck me was that I was able to guess who animated what in about half of them. I guess all those years working together on Prince of Egypt, Road to El Dorado, Sinbad, and Spirit had something to do with that. 😉

Here’s the chunk of credits with animation:

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And here’s who animated what:

Panda: Gabriele Pennacchioli
Shifu: William Salazar
Tigress: Rodolphe Guenoden
Tai Lung: Philippe Le Brun
Mantis: Ken Morrissey
Viper: Rodolphe Guenoden
Crane: Simon Otto
Oogway: Ken Morrissey
Dad (Duck): Alessandro Carloni
Messenger Goose and Rhino: Pierre Perifel
Monkey: Gabe Hordos

I particularly like the Tigress (by my El Dorado supervisor, Rodolphe Guenoden, who choreographed all the fight scenes in the film), Tai Lung (by another superb French animator, Philippe Le Brun), and the Duck (Alessandro Carloni). Simon Otto, who did the Eagle animation in Spirit, got to return to some avian animation the crane, and everyone did a great job. It’s hard not to miss hand-drawn animation when looking at this stuff.

You can step through the animation, though it’s got that annoying 3:2 pulldown crap going on, and learn a little something about great poses and nice arcs. When you look at that list of animators, realize you’re looking at some of the most gifted animators in the world, and it’s sad that even hard-core animation fans don’t have a clue who they are. But that’s animation, ain’t it? Enjoy!

5 Responses to “Kung Fu Panda end credits animation”

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  2. luca Says:

    You right Kevin, it has been an honor and a gift to been around those ultra-talented guys. I sometimes wish I could have absorbed more knowledge from them. By the way, excellent blog, I always look forward to your new posts.

  3. Kevin Says:

    Too true, Luca. Working with guys like that is a gift (Luca is another who worked his way up the ranks from clean-up to ruff inbetweening to animating). I do find that I’m continuing to digest lessons that I “learned” back then, but only truly understand now, so I feel like I’m still learning from those guys, as I’m sure you are too. And thanks for the complement about the blog!

  4. Bobby Pontillas Says:

    I’ve been a big fan of guys like Rodolphe ,William Salazar, Kristoff Serrand, since their work in POE, thanks to the “Bonus Features” Making-Of they included with that DVD release. Rodolphe especially, because I loved the work he had done on Tzipporah. What fabulous draftsman!

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