I’m a big ol’ pasty white sucker for animated kids movies, especially if they incorporate martial arts in some way, shape, or form. Enter “Legend of a Rabbit”, an ambitious 3D feature from China that cost nearly 18 million dollars and took three years to complete. Is it “Kung Fu Panda” with a rabbit, you ask? Perhaps, although I don’t want to diminish this film’s potential by unfairly comparing it to the Dreamworks franchise until I’ve seen it for myself. However, I’m sure comparisons will be made.
Here’s what the film is all about:
One day, a dying Kung Fu master flees from the Imperial City to a small village. He’s been betrayed by his number one disciple and is on his last dying breathe. He is found by a humble farmhouse cook named Tu who, at the request of the dying master, must return a very important Kung Fu Academy Tablet to the master’s daughter Peony in the imperial city. Tu made a simple promise that turns out to change his life forever. Never having been to the city, Tu is already off to a dangerous start. He finds the Kung Fu Academy but it has already been taken over by the number one disciple, a ruthless bear named Slash. The old master and his daughter has gone missing. But to keep to his promise, Tu has no choice but to stay in the Academy to wait for their return. He’s bullied from day one for knowing no Kung Fu. But serving as a cook there, he picks up some Kung Fu as the days go by. At the imperial city he meets a mysterious girl (Peony) who keeps herself anonymous to keep her own safety. Rabbit never knew that this girl is the one he’s supposed to pass the tablet to. After many misunderstandings, they finally are able to connect – but not before the big bad villain Slash decides to kill Peony and Tu for intervening with his evil plan to take over the entire China.
“Legend of a Rabbit” opens in China on July 11th, 2011. That’s just around the corner! Check out the pair of teasers below. They’re actually pretty snazzy.
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