In advance of this year’s big Licensing Show in New York City, DreamWorks has released some details regarding it’s 2008 animated release, Kung Fu Panda. The CG comedy is the latest addition to the studio’s healthy toon slate, which includes Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Oct. 7, 2005), Over the Hedge (May 19, 2006), Flushed Away (Nov. 3, 2006), Shrek 3 (May 2007) and Bee Movie (fall 2007).
According to a brief synopsis issued by DreamWorks, Kung Fu Panda will center on a lazy, irreverent, slacker panda named Po, who must somehow become a Kung Fu Master in order to save the Valley of Peace from a villainous snow leopard named Tai Lung.
The combination of Kung Fu and Panda Bears is already being played with by Cartoon Saloon and production partner Telescreen, who are producing an animated series titled Skunk. Based on an original idea by Aidan Harte and Hyun-Ho Khang, the show tells the story of a skunk who is mistakenly delivered via stork to a Panda living in a Chinese forest. When the forest comes under attack by a Dragon and his army of Ninja monkeys, Skunk hones his martial arts skills to restore peace and order.
While DreamWorks Animation has a full 3D pipeline in use at its Burbank facilities, Kung Fu Panda is listed as being on the production docket at Pacific Data Images (PDI), the Northern California studio behind Antz and the Shrek movies.