KUNG FU PANDA- SCRIPT

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KUNG FU PANDA
                                 Written By                     Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger          FINAL DRAFT

          June 3, 2008

                            1.

       

          EXT. VALLEY — DAY

         

          A MYSTERIOUS WARRIOR treks across the rugged landscape.

         

                                NARRATOR (V.O.)

                     Legend tells of a legendary warrior

                     whose Kung Fu skills were the stuff

                     of legend.

         

          The warrior, his identity hidden beneath his flowing robe and

          wide-brimmed hat, gnaws on a staff of bamboo.

         

                               NARRATOR (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                     He traveled the land in search of

                     worthy foes.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          INT. BAR

         

          The warrior sits at a table drinking tea and gnawing on his

          bamboo. The door BLASTS open. The MANCHU GANG rushes in and

          surrounds him.

         

                                GANG BOSS

                         (to warrior)

                     I see you like to CHEW!

                         (beat)

                     Maybe you should chew on my FIST!!

         

          The Boss punches the table.

         

                               NARRATOR (V.O.)

                     The warrior said nothing for his

                     mouth was full. Then, he swallowed.

         

          He swallows.

         

                               NARRATOR (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                     And then, he spoke.

         

                               WARRIOR

                         (dubbed hero voice)

                     Enough talk. Let’s FIGHT!

                     SHASHABOOEY!

         

          WHAM! The warrior delivers a punch and the whole gang goes

          flying.

         

                               NARRATOR (V.O.)

                     He was so deadly in fact that his

                     enemies would go blind from

                     overexposure to pure awesomeness.

         

                                                                   2.

         

         

          The gang members blindly flail about.

         

                                NINJA CAT

                    MY EYES!

         

                              GATOR

                    HE’S TOO AWESOME!

         

          ONLOOKERS swoon.

         

                              SMITTEN BUNNY

                    And ATTRACTIVE!

         

                              GRATEFUL BUNNY

                    How can we repay you??

         

                              WARRIOR

                    There is no charge for awesomeness,

                    or attractiveness.

         

          ONE HUNDRED ASSASSINS appear and surround the warrior.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          EXT. BAR – CONTINUOUS

         

          The entire bar swells, packed to the rafters with ninjas.

         

                                WARRIOR

                    KABLOOEY!

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          EXT. BAR – CONTINUOUS

         

          The roof EXPLODES and a cloud of ninjas erupts into the sky.

          Like a tornado, the warrior spins and knocks them all down.

         

                              NARRATOR (V.O.)

                    It mattered not how many foes he

                    faced. They were no match for his

                    bodacity.

         

          The warrior beats up a thousand ninjas, delivering his final

          blow while doing a split between two trees.

         

          The warrior stands amongst a field of vanquished foes as god-

          rays shine down upon him.

         

                              NARRATOR (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                    Never before had a panda been so

                    feared… and so loved.

                              (MORE)

         

                                                                   3.

                                NARRATOR (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                      Even the most heroic heroes in all

                      of China, the Furious Five, bowed

                      in respect to this great master.

         

                                MONKEY

                      We should hang out.

         

                                 WARRIOR

                      Agreed.

         

          As the Five salute the warrior, he turns to see more bandits

          approaching. The Five strike an attack pose. The warrior

          brandishes a shiny green sword and leaps off the mountain

          into the sea of bandits.

         

                                NARRATOR (V.O.)

                      But hanging out would have to wait.

                      `Cause when you’re facing the ten

                      thousand demons of Demon Mountain,

                      there’s only one thing that

                      matters. And that’s–

         

          In mid air, the Five talk to the warrior in a strange voice.

          

                                MONKEY

                      Po! Get up!

         

                                TIGRESS

                      You’ll be late for work!

         

                                 PO

                      Whu?

         

         

          INT. PO’S ROOM – DAY

         

          Po lands hard on the floor. He tries to clear his head and

          wake up.

         

                                PO’S DAD (O.S.)

                      Po! Get up!

         

          We see his room is filled with various kung fu posters

          (including a poster featuring all of the Five) and souvenirs,

          and a wooden version of the Sword of Heroes (the green

          sword).

         

          Po SIGHS.

          

          He attempts to kick himself to his feet but alas, his belly

          is too worthy a foe.

         

                                PO’S DAD (O.S.) (CONT’D)

                      Po! What are you doing up there?

         

                                                                      4.

         

         

                              PO

                    Uh, nothing!

         

          Po hops to his feet, imitating his Kung Fu action figures.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Monkey! Mantis! Crane! Viper!

                    Tigress! Rowrrrr…

         

          OUTSIDE on the balcony of the neighboring house, a pig

          watering flowers stares at Po. Po tries to play it cool and

          then quickly ducks out of sight.

         

                              PO’S DAD (O.S.)

                    Po! Let’s go! You’re late for work!

         

                               PO

                    Coming!

          

          He takes a ninja star from his floor and chucks it at the

          wall. It bounces off.

         

          He throws the star again, but it bounces off again. He picks

          it up and heads downstairs. He trips and falls the rest of

          the way.

         

         

          INT. KITCHEN – DAY

         

          Po falls flat on his face on the kitchen floor. A panda-

          shaped shadow looms over Po.

         

                              PO

                    Sorry, Dad.

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    Sorry doesn’t make the noodles.

         

          Reveal that the shadow is actually caused by a basket being

          carried by a small DUCK. This is PO’S DAD. Po gets to work,

          which is not easy since the kitchen’s not really made for a

          panda his size.

         

                              PO’S DAD (CONT’D)

                    What were you doing up there? All

                    that noise.

         

                              PO

                    Oh, nothing. Just had a crazy

                    dream.

         

          He gets back to work.

         

                                                                      5.

         

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    About what?

         

                               PO

                    Huh?

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    The dream. What were you dreaming

                    about?

         

                              PO

                    What was I… eh, I was dreaming

                    about uh… heh…

         

          Push in on Po — is he going to admit his dream? He hides his

          throwing star behind his back.

         

                               PO (CONT’D)

                    Noodles.

         

          THOK. Dad stops chopping vegetables.

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    Noodles. You were really dreaming

                    about noodles?

         

                              PO

                    Uh, yeah. What else would I be

                    dreaming about?

         

          Po hands a noodle bowl to a customer, then realizes his

          throwing star is sitting in it.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                        (to customer)

                    Careful, that soup is… sharp!

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    Oh, happy day! My son, finally

                    having the noodle dream!

         

          He throws his arms around Po.

         

                              PO’S DAD (CONT’D)

                    You don’t know how long I have been

                    waiting for this moment.

         

          When Dad pulls out of the hug, Po is now wearing a noodle

          apron.

         

                              PO’S DAD (CONT’D)

                    This is a sign, Po!

         

                                                                   6.

         

         

          Po looks at the apron nervously — what has he gotten himself

          into?

         

                              PO

                    Uh…a sign of what?

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    You are almost ready to be

                    entrusted with the secret

                    ingredient of my “Secret Ingredient

                    Soup.” And then you will fulfill

                    your destiny and take over the

                    restaurant, just as I took it over

                    from my father, who took it over

                    from his father, who won it from a

                    friend in a game of mahjong.

         

                              PO

                    Dad Dad Dad, it was just a dream.

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    No, it was the dream. We are noodle

                    folk. Broth runs through our veins.

         

                              PO

                    But Dad, didn’t you ever, I dunno,

                    want to do something else?

                    Something besides noodles?

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    Actually…

         

          Po looks surprised.

         

                              PO’S DAD (CONT’D)

                    When I was young and crazy…

         

          Dad gets a wistful look in his eyes.

         

                              PO’S DAD (CONT’D)

                    I thought about running away and

                    learning how to make tofu.

         

                              PO

                    So why didn’t you?!

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    Oh, because it was a stupid dream.

                    Can you imagine, me making tofu?

                        (laughs at the thought)

                    No. We all have our place in this

                    world. Mine is here. And yours is–

         

                                                                      7.

         

         

                              PO

                    I know. Is here.

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    No, it’s at tables two, five,

                    seven, and twelve.

         

          He loads Po’s arms with bowls of soup.

         

                              PO’S DAD (CONT’D)

                    Service with a smile!

          

          A GONG sounds in the distance. Po looks out the window at the

          distant JADE PALACE.

         

         

          EXT. JADE PALACE – DAY

         

          SLAM ZOOM in towards Palace.

         

          End next to palace on an old red panda (SHIFU) playing a

          FLUTE. He is surrounded by the bushes and trees that nestle

          between the Palace buildings.

         

          Wider: We dolly around from behind the bushes. Stealthy dark

          shapes move in the foreground.

         

          Back on Shifu, still playing. He seems oblivious.

         

          Five figures explode from the undergrowth simultaneously,

          diving on Shifu.

         

          Shifu moves like lightning – the flute now wielded like a

          staff – he deflects, blocks, dodges, parries – the attackers

          go flying –

         

          They roll and pick themselves up, turning to face Shifu, who

          is now standing – poised – ready for their next move.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Well done, students… if you were

                    trying to disappoint me.

         

          He uses his flute to correct the Five’s technique.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Tigress, you need more ferocity.

                    Monkey, greater speed.

         

          Each of the Five bows respectfully as their name is

          mentioned.

         

                                                                      8.

         

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Crane – height. Viper – subtlety.

                    Mantis–

         

          Shifu suddenly points the flute at a scared PALACE GOOSE.

         

                              ZENG

                    Master Shifu!

         

                              SHIFU

                        (impatiently)

                    What?!

         

                              ZENG

                        (startled)

                    Aah! It’s Master Oogway. He wants

                    to see you.

         

          Shifu looks up, concerned.

         

         

          INT. HALLWAY

         

          Shifu strides purposefully down the hallway, which is lined

          with palace geese.

         

         

          INT. SCROLL ROOM – DAY

         

          Candles, incense, and smoke fill the room. The door bursts

          open, the candles flicker. Shifu enters.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Master Oogway? You summoned me.

         

          He bows. Then looks up without unbowing.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Is something wrong?

         

          Reveal Master Oogway… a wise, old tortoise.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Why must something be wrong for me

                    to want to see my old friend?

         

                              SHIFU

                    So… nothing’s wrong?

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Well, I didn’t say that.

         

          Shifu looks up, concerned. Oogway opens his mouth… and

          blows out a candle. And another candle. And another.

         

                                                                     9.

         

         

          Finally, Shifu uses his Kung Fu to blow them all out. Oogway

          smiles knowingly.

         

                              SHIFU

                    You were saying?

         

                              OOGWAY

                    I have had a vision… Tai Lung

                    will return.

         

          Shifu looks stricken.

         

         

          FLASHBACK – INT. SCROLL ROOM

         

          Quick, impressionistic images of Shifu battling a large,

          shadowy figure (Tai Lung).

         

         

          PRESENT – INT. SCROLL ROOM

         

          Shifu is rattled. He looks at the claw marks that still scar

          the wall and quickly looks away. But he regains his

          composure.

         

                              SHIFU

                    That is impossible. He is in

                    prison.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Nothing is impossible.

         

          Shifu makes a split decision.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Zeng!

         

          He comes flying in. Shifu gets in his face.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Fly to Chogun Prison and tell them

                    to double the guards, double their

                    weapons. Double everything! Tai

                    Lung does not leave that prison!

         

                              ZENG

                    Yes, Master Shifu.

         

          The goose flies off, but… SMACK! He hits a column. Then he

          is off. Back on Oogway, as he walks toward camera, away from

          Shifu.

         

                                                                   10.

         

          

                              OOGWAY

                    One often meets his destiny on the

                    road he takes to avoid it.

         

                              SHIFU

                    We have to do something. We can’t

                    just let him march on the valley,

                    and take his revenge! He’ll, he’ll–

         

          Oogway looks into the water of the moon pool.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Your mind is like this water, my

                    friend. When it is agitated, it

                    becomes difficult to see. But if

                    you allow it to settle, the answer

                    becomes clear.

         

          Shifu and Oogway stare into the pool. Oogway settles the

          water, revealing the reflection of an intricately carved

          dragon clutching a SCROLL in its mouth.

         

                              SHIFU

                    The Dragon Scroll…

         

                              OOGWAY

                    It is time.

         

                              SHIFU

                    But who? Who is worthy to be

                    trusted with the secret to

                    limitless power? To become…the

                    Dragon Warrior?!

         

          Dramatic music as we push in on Oogway’s face. Then…

         

                              OOGWAY

                    I don’t know.

         

         

          INT. NOODLE SHOP – DAY

         

          Po is serving customers, but has trouble squeezing between

          tables.

         

                              PO

                    Oop…sorry.

         

                              ANGRY PATRON

                    Hey! Watch it, Po!

         

                              PO

                    Sorry. Suck it up.

         

                                                                 11.

         

         

          He sucks his belly in, but this causes his butt to interfere

          with a bunny family’s meal.

         

                              DISGUSTED PATRON

                    Ugh!

         

                              PO

                    Oop! Sorry! A thousand pardons.

         

          A couple palace geese put up a poster on the wall and a

          palace pig hits a tiny gong. This gets Po’s attention. He

          rushes up to the poster.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    What?! Master Oogway’s choosing the

                    Dragon Warrior! Today!

         

          Customers jump up excitedly.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Everyone! Everyone! Go! Get to the

                    Jade Palace!

         

          Po urges the villagers out the restaurant.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    One of the Five is gonna get the

                    Dragon Scroll!

         

          Customers rush to finish their food.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    We’ve been waiting a thousand years

                    for this! Just take the bowl!

         

          Other customers are finishing their soup.

         

          One old lady customer slowly counts out coins and puts them

          on the table.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    This is the greatest day in Kung Fu

                    history! Don’t worry about it, just

                    go!

         

          He starts to run.

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    Po! Where are you going?

         

          Po stops dead in his tracks, busted.

         

                              PO

                    To the…Jade Palace?

         

                                                                  12.

         

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    But you’re forgetting your noodle

                    cart! The whole valley will be

                    there, and you’ll sell noodles to

                    all of them.

         

                              PO

                    Selling noodles? But Dad, you know,

                    I was kinda thinking maybe I…

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    Yeah?

         

                              PO

                    I was kinda thinking maybe I…

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    Uh huh?

         

          Po wants to say something to his dad, but he loses his nerve.

         

                              PO

                    …Could also sell the bean buns.

                    They are about to go bad.

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    That’s my boy! I told you that

                    dream was a sign!

         

                              PO

                    Yeah, ha ha, glad I had it.

         

         

          EXT. VALLEY SQUARE – DAY

         

          Throngs of Villagers are streaming into the arena. A couple

          BUNNY KIDS run by.

         

                              BUNNY FAN #1

                    Yippee!

         

                              BUNNY FAN #2

                    I’m a Kung Fu warrior!

         

                              BUNNY FAN #1

                    Me too!

         

          Where’s Po?

         

          PAN DOWN a long, long, long, long flight of stairs. Po stands

          at the bottom with his noodle cart, looking up at the

          daunting task before him.

         

          Po struggles to pull his noodle cart up the stairs.

         

                                                                   13.

         

         

          The sun beats down on Po, but he presses forward. Climbing.

          Climbing.

         

                                                         DISSOLVE TO:

         

         

          EXT. VALLEY SQUARE – LATER

         

          Po is still struggling up the stairs.

         

                              PO

                    Come on! Come on, ya– Almost

                    there…

         

          He stops, flopping onto his back to catch his breath.

         

          WIDEN TO REVEAL he’s only made it up seven steps.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    What? No! Oh No!

         

          Two Pigs pass by.

         

                                 KG SHAW

                    Sorry, Po.

         

                              JR SHAW

                    We’ll bring you back a souvenir.

         

          Po watches as they run up the stairs. His eyes narrow. This

          is his heroic moment.

         

                              PO

                    No. I’ll bring me back a souvenir.

         

          Po tosses off his hat and apron and begins his ascent up the

          stairs.

         

         

          EXT. JADE PALACE – ARENA PLATFORM

         

          Oogway reaches the bottom of the palace stairs and a Palace

          Pig bangs a gong.

         

                              SHIFU

                    It is an historic day, isn’t it,

                    Master Oogway?

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Yes, and one I feared I would not

                    live to see. Are your students

                    ready?

         

                                                                 14.

         

         

                              SHIFU

                    Yes, Master Oogway.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Now know this, old friend. Whomever

                    I choose will not only bring peace

                    to the Valley, but also to you.

         

          As Shifu contemplates what this could mean, Oogway starts

          walking off. Shifu quickly joins Oogway as they head towards

          the roaring crowd below. The pig bangs the gong.

         

                              ANNOUNCER

                    Let the tournament begin!

         

         

          EXT. VALLEY SQUARE – DAY

         

          Throngs of Villagers are streaming into the arena.

         

         

          EXT. TOP OF STAIRS – DAY

         

          Po gasps for air as he hoists himself over the last step,

          laughing victoriously.

         

                              PO

                        (out of breath)

                    Yeah!

         

          The doors to the palace arena begin to close.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Oh no! No no no! Wait! I’m coming!

         

          Po runs to the entrance and proceeds to bang on the door.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Hey! Open the door!

         

          DRUMS inside drown out Po’s pounding. He yells.

         

                                 PO (CONT’D)

                    Let me in!

          

          Inside, spectators’ screams drown out Po’s yelling.

         

          Po panics for a beat and then finds a window. He jumps and

          weakly struggles to pull himself up.

         

          Po struggles to peek through the window.

         

                                                                  15.

         

         

          INT. PALACE ARENA – CONTINUOUS

         

                               SHIFU

                     Citizens of the Valley of Peace! It

                     is my great honor to present to

                     you… Tigress! Viper! Crane!

                     Monkey! Mantis! The Furious Five!

         

          The Five jump into the middle of the ring.

         

                               PO

                     The Furious Five!

         

          Po manages a brief glimpse of the Five before a gust of wind

          knocks Po to the ground and shuts the window.

         

                               SHIFU

                     Warriors prepare!

         

          Po runs over to a crack in the wall.

         

                               PO

                     Peeky-hole!

         

                               SHIFU

                     Ready for battle!

         

          Inside the arena, Po catches a glimpse of Crane as he spreads

          his wings.

         

                               PO

                     Yeah! Woo! The Thousand Tongues of

                     Fire!

         

          One of the spectators walks in front of Po, cutting off his

          view.

         

                               PIG FAN

                     Whoa! Look at that.

         

                               PO

                     Hey, get out of the way!

         

          Po backs up to get a better look at Crane in the sky and

          accidentally falls down the stairs.

         

          Po climbs back up and drops his head — he missed it.

          

          MONTAGE:

         

          Po tries karate chopping the door open…to no avail. He

          slumps to the ground.

         

                                                                 16.

         

         

                               PO (CONT’D)

                    Ow…

         

          Po attempts a pole vault, but falls on his back. The pole

          whips around and hits him into the arena wall.

         

          Po rigs a catapult, only to get clobbered by it. The crowd

          CHEERS.

         

          Po sits atop the stairs. Alone.

         

                              SHIFU

                    And finally…Master Tigress!

         

          Po snaps to attention.

         

          Po pulls on a rope tied to a tree.

         

                              SHIFU (O.S.) (CONT’D)

                    And believe me citizens, you have

                    not seen anything yet!

         

                               PO

                    I KNOW!!

         

                              SHIFU (O.S.)

                    Master Tigress! Face Iron Ox and

                    his Blades of Death!

         

          Tigress sets up to deliver her move.

         

          Po launches himself up above the fence, gets a peek at

          Tigress, then falls out of view just as she does her move.

         

          Po lands outside the arena in a fireworks tent.

         

         

          INT. TOURNAMENT RING – DAY

         

          Oogway senses something. He raises his hand and the crowd

          hushes.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    I sense the Dragon Warrior is among

                    us.

         

          Shifu motions for the Five to gather in the center of the

          ring.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Citizens of the Valley of Peace!

                    Master Oogway will now choose…

                    the Dragon Warrior!

         

                                                                  17.

         

         

          EXT. TOURNAMENT RING – DAY

         

          Po comes to.

         

                              PO

                    Huh? Oh no! Wait!

         

          He sees the fireworks and has an idea.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Yeah!

         

         

          INT. TOURNAMENT RING – DAY

         

          Oogway closes his eyes and raises his hand as ceremonial

          DRUMS start to play.

         

         

          EXT. TOURNAMENT RING – DAY

         

          Po struggles with something, his back turned to us. Reveal he

          has tied a load of fireworks to a chair. He hops on and

          lights the fuse.

         

                              PO’S DAD (O.S.)

                    Po?!

         

          Po’s Dad rushes over and tries to blow out the fuse.

         

                              PO’S DAD (CONT’D)

                    What are you doing?

         

                              PO

                    What does it look like I’m doing?

                    Stop! Stop! I’m going to see the

                    Dragon Warrior!

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    But I don’t understand. You finally

                    had the noodle dream.

         

          Po looks uneasy.

         

                              PO

                    I lied. I don’t dream about

                    noodles, Dad!

         

          He looks at the fuse… almost all gone… Po holds onto the

          chair for dear life, closes his eyes, and braces himself for

          liftoff.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    I love kung fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu-

         

                                                                   18.

         

         

          Po finally opens his eyes…

         

          He’s still on the ground. The fuse was a dud. Po falls face

          first into the dirt. He looks away, embarrassed. Po’s Dad

          holds out his apron.

         

                                 PO’S DAD

                       Come on, son. Let’s get back to

                       work.

         

                                  PO

                       Okay.

         

          Po sighs, starts to reach for the apron, then– BOOM! The

          rockets ignite, propelling Po into the stadium wall.

         

                                 PO’S DAD

                       Oh! Come back!

         

          Po’s rocket chair blasts him into the sky amid a shower of

          fireworks.

         

                                 CROWD

                       Oooh! Aaahh!

         

          Po climbs up and up…until the rockets die out and the chair

          loses power…

         

                                  PO

                       Uh oh…

         

          Oogway’s arm sweeps down the line of the expectant Five… Po

          falls towards the center of the ring…

         

          The tension builds as the Five wait to see who will be

          picked. Then… SMASH!

         

          Po lands and kicks up a huge dirt cloud, obscuring the ring.

         

         

          INT. ARENA

         

          PO POV: He sees the Five looking down at him, appalled. Po

          comes round slowly, getting his bearings. He looks around and

          sees Oogway. Strangely, the old turtle is smiling.

         

                                 PO

                       What’s going on? Where…uh? What

                       are you pointing–?

         

          He looks up. An awful realization starts to dawn. Po GULPS.

          He is desperately embarrassed.

         

                                                                   19.

         

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Oh. Okay. Sorry. I just wanted to

                    see who the Dragon Warrior was.

         

          He tries to shuffle his butt out of there, mumbling

          apologies.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    How interesting.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    Master, are you pointing at…me?

         

                               OOGWAY

                    Him.

          

                               PO

                    Who–?

         

          Po tries moving out of the way of Oogway’s finger, but it

          keeps following him.

         

                               OOGWAY

                    You.

         

                               PO

                    Me?

         

          Oogway grabs Po’s hand and holds it up for all to see.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    The universe has brought us the

                    Dragon Warrior!

         

                                                        QUICK CUTS:

         

                               PO

                    What?

         

                               FURIOUS FIVE

                    What??

         

                               SHIFU

                    What???

         

                               PO’S DAD

                    WHAT????

         

          The pig bangs the gong.

         

          The crowd goes wild! They cheer! They scream! Confetti falls!

          A palanquin is carried past Shifu.

         

                                                                   20.

         

         

                              SHIFU

                    Stop! Wait! Who told you to–?

         

          Po stands there, utterly stunned, his mouth hanging open. He

          is abruptly lifted up out of shot.

         

          Cut to the Palace Geese straining.

         

          Po is being lifted with great effort on the palanquin. He is

          carried off. Shifu elbows his way urgently through the

          thronging crowd to get to Oogway.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Master Oogway, wait! That flabby

                    panda can’t possibly be the answer

                    to… our problem. You were about

                    to point at Tigress. That thing

                    fell in front of her. That was just

                    an accident!

         

                              OOGWAY

                    There are no accidents.

         

          Oogway smiles benignly as we hear an off-screen CRASH!

         

          The camera adjusts to reveal the palanquin has collapsed

          under Po.

         

          Shifu looks at Oogway. Oogway just smiles.

         

          A squad of burly pigs rushes in and hoists Po, the palanquin,

          and the Geese onto their shoulders, and they head off for the

          Jade Palace. Stunned, Shifu watches them go.

         

          Behind him, the Five approach and bow.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    Forgive us, Master. We have failed

                    you.

         

          Shifu spins around.

         

                              SHIFU

                    No. If the panda has not quit by

                    morning, then I will have failed

                    you.

         

          Confetti flutters through the air as the celebration

          continues around them.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

                                                                 21.

         

         

          EXT. PRISON — NIGHT

         

          A huge prison is carved into the side of a frozen mountain.

          Fifteen stories of iron and rock. No windows. One door —

          locked, bolted and sealed tight. Rhinoceros guards in armor

          patrol the perimeter.

         

          Zeng, the palace goose, flies into frame and a Rhino Sentry

          spots him in the distance. He lands, sliding on the ice and

          crashing into the gate. The rhinos point their spears at him.

         

                              ZENG

                    Wait wait wait! I bring a message

                    from Master Shifu.

         

          CLANG! The doors creak open. The terrified goose peers in.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          INT. PRISON — A MOMENT LATER

         

                              COMMANDER

                    What?!?!

                        (reading)

                    “Double the guard?! Extra

                    precautions?! Your prison may not

                    be adequate!”

         

          The Goose is quaking in fear. Stern Rhinos surround him,

          staring daggers at him. The Commander snaps the scroll shut.

         

                              COMMANDER (CONT’D)

                    You doubt my prison’s security?

         

                               ZENG

                    Absolutely not.

                        (then)

                    Shifu does. I’m just the messenger.

         

                              COMMANDER

                    I’ll give you a message for your

                    Master Shifu.

         

         

          ON A BRIDGE

         

                              COMMANDER

                    Escape from Chogun Prison is

                    impossible!

         

          The Goose is awed by the cavernous prison.

         

                                                                   22.

         

         

                                  ZENG

                       Whoa.

         

          The goose looks over the bridge’s edge. The prison goes down

          a long ways. The commander hits the goose on the back.

         

                                 COMMANDER

                       Impressive, isn’t it?

         

          A feather from the goose drifts down the prison.

         

                                 ZENG

                       Yes, very impressive. It’s VERY

                       impressive.

         

                                 COMMANDER

                       One way in, one way out, one

                       thousand guards, and one prisoner.

         

                                 ZENG

                       Yes, except that prisoner is Tai

                       Lung…

         

         

          AT THE ELEVATOR

         

                                 COMMANDER

                       Take us down.

         

          Several guard rhinos winch the goose and the commander down.

          The commander grabs the chain and shakes the elevator, trying

          to scare the goose.

         

                                 ZENG

                       What are you doing?!

          

          The commander just laughs. The elevator finally lands,

          sending an echo throughout the prison.

         

          AT DOORS –

         

          A number of doors unlock, one after the other. Finally, a

          drawbridge is lowered out onto an island.

         

                                  ZENG (CONT’D)

                       Oh my…

         

                                 COMMANDER

                       Behold, Tai Lung.

         

                                 ZENG

                       I’ll um…I’m just gonna wait right

                       here.

         

                                                                  23.

         

         

                              COMMANDER

                    It’s nothing to worry about. It’s

                    perfectly safe.

         

          He shoves the goose out ahead of him.

         

                              ZENG

                    Oof!

         

                              COMMANDER

                    Crossbows! At the ready!

         

                              ZENG

                    Crossbows?!

         

          They approach TAI LUNG, a giant, muscular snow leopard bound

          in a giant piece of tortoise shell armor and chains. He

          barely registers signs of life. The commander walks right up

          to him.

         

                              COMMANDER

                    Hey, tough guy, did you hear?

                    Oogway’s finally gonna give someone

                    the Dragon Scroll and it’s not

                    gonna be you!

         

          The goose can’t believe it.

         

                              ZENG

                    What are you doing?! Don’t get him

                    mad.

         

                              COMMANDER

                    What’s he gonna do about it? I’ve

                    got him completely immobilized.

         

          The Commander stomps on Tai Lung’s tail. We hear a crunch.

          The goose flinches. But Tai Lung does not react.

         

                              COMMANDER (CONT’D)

                    Awww. Did I step on the witty

                    kitty’s tail? Awww.

         

          Tai Lung doesn’t move. His eyes stare coldly straight ahead.

         

                              ZENG

                    I’m good. I’ve seen enough. I’m

                    gonna tell Shifu he’s got nothing

                    to worry about.

         

                              COMMANDER

                    No, he doesn’t.

         

                                                                     24.

         

         

                              ZENG

                    Okay, I’ll tell him that. Can we

                    please go now?

         

          The Commander starts to walk back to the elevator. The goose

          hurries after him.

         

          The goose’s feather flutters into frame. We follow the

          feather as it lands right in front of Tai Lung.

         

          HIS EYES OPEN. Tai Lung grabs the feather with his tail.

         

         

          INT. JADE PALACE – HALLWAY

         

          The palace doors open to reveal Po on the palanquin, hundreds

          of villagers behind him.

         

                              CROWD

                        (chanting)

                    Dragon Warrior! Dragon Warrior!

         

          Po is ushered in and the doors close. He is alone. He runs

          back to the closed palace doors.

         

                              PO

                    Wait a second! Hello? Uh…I think

                    there’s been a slight mistake.

                    Everyone seems to think that I’m,

                    uh…

         

          Po finally realizes where he is.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Whoa. The Sacred Hall of Warriors.

                    No way! Would you look at this

                    place!

         

          He rushes up to a display of armor.

         

                               PO (CONT’D)

                        (GASP)

                    Master Flying Rhino’s Armor! With

                    authentic battle damage!

         

          He rushes up to a green sword, making sure not to touch it.

         

                               PO (CONT’D)

                        (GASP)

                    The Sword of Heroes! Said to be so

                    sharp you can cut yourself just by

                    looking– OW!

         

          He stares at a black sopt on the wall.

         

                                                                 25.

         

         

                                 PO (CONT’D)

                          (GASP)

                      The Invisible Trident of Destiny!?

         

          He admires a painting.

         

                                 PO (CONT’D)

                          (GASP)

                      I’ve only seen paintings of that

                      painting…

         

          Po runs around the room, amazed by all the ancient kung fu

          artifacts. Something special catches Po’s eye.

         

                                PO (CONT’D)

                          (loudly)

                      Nooo! Ohhhh!

         

          He runs over to it.

         

                                PO (CONT’D)

                      The legendary Urn of Whispering

                      Warriors! Said to contain the souls

                      of the entire Tenshu army.

                          (calling into vase)

                      Hellooo?

         

                                SHIFU

                      Have you finished sight-seeing?

         

          Po GASPS.

         

                                PO

                          (to vase)

                      Sorry. I should’ve come to see you

                      first.

         

                                SHIFU

                      My patience is wearing thin.

         

                                PO

                          (to vase)

                      Oh. Well, I mean, it’s not like you

                      were going anywhere.

         

                                SHIFU

                      Would you turn around?

         

                                PO

                      Sure.

         

          Po turns and sees Shifu.

         

                                                                 26.

         

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Hey, how’s it going?

         

          Po turns back to the vase.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                        (to vase)

                    Now how do you get five thousand–

                        (cutting himself off)

                    Master Shifu!

         

          Po bumps the vase which falls and BREAKS.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Someone…broke that. But I’m gonna

                    fix it. Do you have some glue?

         

          The vase debris screams as Po tries to pick up the pieces.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Ow! Ooh. Splinter.

         

          Po fumbles around. Shifu looks irked.

         

                              SHIFU

                    So you’re the legendary Dragon

                    Warrior. Hmmm?

         

                              PO

                    Uh…I guess so?

         

          Shifu smiles and shakes his head.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Wrong! You are not the Dragon

                    Warrior. You will never be the

                    Dragon Warrior until you have

                    learned the secret of the Dragon

                    Scroll.

         

          He points to a dragon on the ceiling with a single scroll in

          its mouth.

         

                               PO

                        (in awe)

                    Whoa.

                        (then)

                    So how does this work? You have a

                    ladder or trampoline or…?

         

                              SHIFU

                    You think it’s that easy? That I am

                    just going to hand you the secret

                    to limitless power?

         

                                                                 27.

         

         

                               PO

                    No, I…

         

                              SHIFU

                    One must first master the highest

                    level of kung fu. And that is

                    clearly impossible if that one is

                    someone like you.

         

                              PO

                    Someone like me?

         

          Shifu walks around Po – pointing out his weaknesses.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Yes. Look at you…this fat butt.

         

          Shifu HITS Po on the butt with his staff.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Flabby arms…

         

                              PO

                    Those are sensitive in the flabby

                    parts.

         

          Shifu SWATS Po on the arm with his staff.

         

                              SHIFU

                    And this ridiculous belly.

         

          Shifu HITS Po in the belly with his staff.

         

                               PO

                    Hey…

         

                              SHIFU

                    –and utter disregard for personal

                    hygiene.

          

                              PO

                        (pointing at Shifu)

                    Now wait a minute. That’s a little

                    uncalled-for.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Don’t stand that close…I can

                    smell your breath.

         

                              PO

                    Listen…Oogway said that I was the-

         

          Shifu pinches Po’s outstretched digit.

         

                                                                  28.

         

         

                               PO (CONT’D)

                        (gasp)

                    The Wuxi Finger Hold?! Not the Wuxi

                    Finger Hold!

         

                              SHIFU

                        (sly)

                    Oh, you know this hold?

         

                               PO

                    DevelopedbyMasterWuxiInTheThirdDyna

                    sty– YES.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Oh, then you must know what happens

                    when I flex my pinky.

         

          Po nervously eyes his finger locked in Shifu’s grip and nods

          quickly.

         

                                PO

                    No no no!

         

                              SHIFU

                    You know the hardest part of this?

                    The hardest part is cleaning up

                    afterwards…

         

                              PO

                    Okay! Okay! Take it easy…

         

                              SHIFU

                    Now listen closely, panda. Oogway

                    may have picked you, but when I’m

                    through with you, I promise you,

                    you’re going to wish he hadn’t. Are

                    we clear?

         

                              PO

                    Yeah, we’re clear. We’re clear. We

                    are so clear.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Good. I can’t wait to get started.

         

         

          INT. TRAINING HALL

         

          The doors open, revealing Po nursing his wounded finger.

          Shifu steps out of the way and Po’s face goes into shock. The

          Five are performing death-defying kung fu moves in the

          training hall. Tigress smashes a swinging, spiked ball of

          wood. ANGLE ON AN AWESTRUCK PO, as shards of wood blast into

          his face. Po is intimidated and overwhelmed.

         

                                                                 29.

         

         

          Shifu scowls at Po.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Let’s begin.

         

          He gestures to the gauntlet. Po’s eyes go wide.

         

                              PO

                    Wait wait wait…What? Now?

         

                              SHIFU

                    Yes…now. Unless you think the

                    great Oogway was wrong, and you are

                    not the Dragon Warrior.

         

                              PO

                    Oh, okay. Well– I don’t know if I

                    can do all of those moves.

         

          Shifu walks away and Po half-heartedly follows.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Well, if we don’t try, we’ll never

                    know will we?

         

                              PO

                    Uh, yeah. It’s just, maybe we can

                    find something more suited to my

                    level.

         

                              SHIFU

                    And what level is that?

         

                              PO

                    Well, ya know…I’m not a master,

                    but uh, let’s just start at zero,

                    level zero.

         

                              SHIFU

                    There is no such thing as level

                    zero.

         

                              PO

                    Hey! Maybe I can start with that.

         

          Po points at a rather friendly-looking dummy.

         

                              SHIFU

                    That? We use that for training

                    children. And for propping the door

                    open when it’s hot. But if you

                    insist…

         

          Relieved, Po turns to the dummy. The Five gather around him.

         

                                                                    30.

         

         

                              PO

                    Whoa. The Furious Five. You’re so

                    much bigger than your action

                    figures — except for you, Mantis.

                    You’re about the same.

         

          Mantis gives him a look.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Go ahead, panda. Show us what you

                    can do.

         

                              PO

                    Um, are they gonna watch? Or should

                    I just wait until they get back to

                    work or something…

         

                              SHIFU

                    Hit it.

         

                              PO

                    Ok. I mean, I just ate. So I’m

                    still digesting… So my kung fu

                    might not be as good as later on.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Just hit it.

         

          Po psyches himself up, doing some Jack Fu.

         

                              PO

                    Alright. Whatcha got? You got

                    nothing cause I got it right here.

                    You picking on my friends? Get

                    ready to feel the thunder. I’m

                    comin’ at him with the crazy feet.

                    Whatcha gonna do about my crazy

                    feet? I’m a blur. I’m a blur. You

                    never seen bear style, you only

                    seen praying Mantis! OR… I could

                    come at you Monkey style. OR… I’m

                    comin’ at ya snikity-snake.

         

          Shifu and the Five stare at Po, perplexed.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Would you hit it!

         

                              PO

                    Alright…alright.

         

          Po lightly hits the dummy and it rocks back into place.

         

                                                                  31.

         

         

                                 SHIFU

                       Why don’t you try again?   A little

                       harder…

         

          Po punches it again, knocking it all the way backwards. He

          turns to Shifu, smug.

         

                                 PO

                       How’s tha–

         

          WHAP! The dummy rights itself and smacks Po. Totally dazed,

          Po trips and stumbles his way through the obstacle course.

          The Five instinctively step forward to help Po, but Shifu

          holds up his hand to stop them.

         

         

          BACK ON PO

         

                                 PO (CONT’D)

                       Ow, that hurts.

         

          A spiky tethered ball sends Po flying into the jade turtle

          exercise, where it rattles him around.

         

                                 SHIFU

                           (to the Five)

                       This’ll be easier than I thought.

         

          Back to Po in the turtle bowl.

          

                                 PO

                       Feeling a little nauseous.

         

          The turtle spills him out and he stumbles into the army of

          wooden dummies.

         

                                 PO (CONT’D)

                       Ow, those are hard! Ooh! I think

                       I…

         

          The last dummy whaps him in the crotch and everything becomes

          still.

         

                                 PO (CONT’D)

                       Oooohoohoo…my tenders.

         

          He struggles to get on his feet, takes one step and reaches

          out to a dummy arm…and immediately gets pummeled all over

          again. Po comes out the other side battered and bruised and

          finds he is standing on the floor that shoots out bursts of

          flame. We see reflections of fire on the Five and Shifu as Po

          gets singed. He comes crawling into frame.

         

                                                                  32.

         

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    How did I do?

         

                              SHIFU

                    There is now a level zero.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          EXT. BUNKHOUSE – NIGHT

         

          The Five are walking to the bunkhouse, which sits high on a

          hill.

         

                              MANTIS

                    There’s no words.

         

                              CRANE

                    No denying that.

         

                              VIPER

                    I don’t understand what Master

                    Oogway was thinking. The poor guy’s

                    just gonna get himself killed.

         

                              CRANE

                        (mocking)

                    He is so mighty! The Dragon Warrior

                    fell out of the sky on a ball of

                    fire.

         

                              MANTIS

                    When he walks, the very ground

                    shakes!

         

                              TIGRESS

                    One would think that Master Oogway

                    would choose someone who actually

                    knew Kung Fu.

         

                              CRANE

                    Yeah, or could at least touch his

                    toes.

         

                              MONKEY

                    Or even see his toes.

         

          As the others walk off, we reveal Po, who unbeknownst to them

          has been walking behind them this whole time, hearing

          everything.

         

          He attempts to look at his toes but just sees gut. He lifts

          up his stomach, leans forward… leans… leans… and falls

          over.

         

                                                                  33.

         

         

          He gets up and watches them go inside. He sighs.

         

         

          INT. BUNKHOUSE

         

          Po peeks around the corner.

          

                              PO

                    Okay.

         

          He tip-toes into the hall.

         

          SQUEAK. The floorboards strain beneath him. SQUEAK.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                        (whispering)

                    Great.

         

          Po takes a gentle step. CRE-E-E-A-AA–CHUNK! Po’s foot goes

          through the floor. Po tries to recover. SQUEAK-SQUEAK-SQUEAK!

          THUNK! Po rolls his ankle and stumbles through a bedroom

          door.

         

          Crane is staring back at him.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Oh hey…hi. You’re up.

         

                              CRANE

                    Am now.

         

                              PO

                    I was just uh… Some day huh?

                    That kung fu stuff is hard work,

                    right? Your biceps sore?

         

          Crane looks at his wing.

         

                              CRANE

                    Um…I’ve had a long and rather

                    disappointing day, so uh…yeah, I

                    should probably get to sleep now.

         

                              PO

                    Yeah yeah yeah, of course.

         

                              CRANE

                        (relieved)

                    Okay, thanks.

         

                              PO

                    It’s just…I’m such a big fan.

         

                                                                    34.

         

         

                              CRANE

                    Oop.

         

                              PO

                    You guys were totally amazing at

                    the Battle of Weeping River.

                    Outnumbered a thousand to one, but

                    you didn’t stop, and then you

                    just… HI-YAH!

         

          Po does a spastic series of Kung Fu moves. We hear a RIP, and

          reveal that he’s kicked his foot through the paper wall.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Ooo, sorry about that.

         

                              CRANE

                    Look, you don’t belong here.

         

          Po looks stung to be hearing this from one of his heroes.

         

                              PO

                    I know. I know. You’re right. I

                    just – my whole life I’ve dreamed

                    of-

         

          Crane stops Po before he embarrasses himself even more.

         

                              CRANE

                    No no no… I meant you don’t

                    belong here. I mean, in this room.

                    This is my room. Property of Crane.

         

          Po is mortified, but covers.

         

                              PO

                    Oh, okay. Right right. Yeah, you

                    want to get to sleep.

         

                              CRANE

                    Yeah.

         

                              PO

                    I’m keepin’ you up. We got big

                    things tomorrow. Alright. You’re

                    awesome. Last thing I’m gonna say.

                    Okay. Bye bye.

         

          Po shuts the door. Crane sighs. The door flies open. Po

          enters with an eager smile.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    What was that?

         

                                                                  35.

         

         

                              CRANE

                    I didn’t say anything.

         

                              PO

                    Okay. Alright. Goodnight. Sleep

                    well.

         

          Po backs out into the hall and closes the door.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Seemed a little bit awkward.

         

          Po turns and walks down the hall to find a vacant room. CREAK-

          CREAK.

         

          Tigress opens the door behind him. Po winces.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Master Tigress! Didn’t mean to wake

                    you. Just uh…

         

                              TIGRESS

                    You don’t belong here.

         

                               PO

                    Uh, yeah, yeah. Of course. This is

                    your room.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    I mean…you don’t belong in the

                    Jade Palace. You’re a disgrace to

                    Kung Fu, and if you have any

                    respect for who we are and what we

                    do, you will be gone by morning.

         

          She closes the door on Po, who slumps sadly.

         

                                 PO

                    Big fan…

         

         

          EXT. JADE PALACE – NIGHT

         

          A dejected Po stands under a peach tree in the moonlight.

          Oogway approaches.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    I see you have found the Sacred

                    Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom.

         

          Po spins around, his face dripping with peach juice.

         

                                                              36.

          

         

                              PO

                        (mouth full)

                    Is that what this is? I am so

                    sorry. I thought it was just a

                    regular peach tree.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    I understand. You eat when you are

                    upset.

         

                              PO

                    Upset? I’m not upset. What makes

                    you think I’m upset?

         

                              OOGWAY

                    So why are you upset?

         

          Po sighs, there’s no use trying to lie to Oogway.

         

                              PO

                    I probably sucked more today than

                    anyone in the history of kung fu,

                    in the history of China, in the

                    history of sucking.

         

                                OOGWAY

                    Probably.

         

                              PO

                    And the Five… man, you should

                    have seen them, they totally hate

                    me.

         

                                OOGWAY

                    Totally.

         

                              PO

                    How’s Shifu ever going to turn me

                    into the Dragon Warrior? I mean,

                    I’m not like The Five. I’ve got no

                    claws, no wings, no venom. Even

                    Mantis has those…

                        (he imitates a mantis’

                         front legs)

                    …thingies. Maybe I should just

                    quit and go back to making noodles.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Quit, don’t quit. Noodles, don’t

                    noodles.

         

          Po looks confused.

         

                                                                  37.

         

         

                              OOGWAY (CONT’D)

                    You are too concerned with what was

                    and what will be. There is a

                    saying: Yesterday is history,

                    tomorrow is a mystery, but today is

                    a gift. That is why it is called

                    the present.

         

          Oogway hits the tree with his staff as he walks away and a

          peach falls into Po’s open hand.

         

         

          INT. PRISON — NIGHT

         

          Using the goose’s feather to pick the lock, Tai Lung BURSTS

          free from his armor.

         

          An ALARM RINGS OUT!

         

          The Commander runs to the ledge, the Goose right behind him.

         

                              ZENG

                    What’s happening?!

         

          The Goose looks over the edge and sees Tai Lung at the bottom

          of the pit.

         

          Tai Lung struggles with his shackles.

         

                              COMMANDER

                    Fire Crossbows!

         

          Tai Lung uses the incoming spears to break his shackles and

          then manages to kick the spears back up into the walls,

          creating a makeshift staircase.

         

                              ZENG

                    Tai Lung is free! I must warn

                    Shifu!

         

          The Commander shuts the Goose up.

         

                              COMMANDER

                    You’re not going anywhere. And

                    neither is he.

         

                              ZENG

                    Let go of me!

          

                              COMMANDER

                        (to guards)

                    Bring it up!

         

                                                                  38.

         

         

          The winch turns and the elevator starts to rise. A rhino

          guard tries to reach it, but just misses.

         

                              RHINO GUARD #1

                    Wait! Bring it back!

         

                              ZENG

                    He’s coming this way!

         

                              COMMANDER

                    He won’t get far.

                        (to guards)

                    Archers!

         

          Leaping across the spears, Tai Lung catches the elevator as

          the volley of arrows flies down past him.

         

          The guards cut the rope and the elevator crashes back down to

          the bottom of the pit.

         

          Tai Lung swings up from the bottom of the elevator house and

          catches the guards by surprise. He grabs the chain and jumps

          over the edge and swings around, launching himself up to the

          next tier, disappearing into the shadows.

         

          Tai Lung lands on a bridge, fights his way through, finally

          reaching the top tier where the Commander and the rest of the

          Rhino army await.

         

                              ZENG

                    We’re dead. So very, very dead.

         

          The Commander hushes the Goose.

         

                              COMMANDER

                        (to Goose)

                    Heh heh…not yet we’re not! Now!

         

          Archers set off charges on the ceiling. Massive stalactites

          crash down and the bridge begins to crumble. Tai Lung leaps

          across the crumbling debris and attempts one last huge jump

          towards the Commander. But he falls short, claws scraping and

          sparking against the rock wall. The Commander laughs

          maniacally.

         

          On his way down, Tai Lung looks up and sees a fuse burning

          down to the last group of explosives. He leaps across the

          raining debris up to the ceiling of the cavern.

         

          Grabbing a hold of the dynamite, Tai Lung falls and slings it

          ahead of him at the guards.

         

                              ZENG

                    Can we run now?

         

                                                                   39.

         

         

                              COMMANDER

                    Yes.

         

         

          EXT. PRISON

          

          KA-THOOM! The door blasts open and Rhinos go flying

          everywhere.

         

          WHUMP. The Goose hits the ground. The commander’s horn

          prosthetic falls in front of him.

         

                              ZENG

                    Nuuu… Urggg…

         

          Tai Lung picks up the Goose by the throat.

         

                              ZENG (CONT’D)

                    URRK!

         

                               TAI LUNG

                    I’m glad Shifu sent you. I was

                    beginning to think I had been

                    forgotten.

         

          With a creepy tenderness, Tai Lung smooths the Goose’s

          ruffled feathers.

         

                              TAI LUNG (CONT’D)

                    Fly back there and tell them…the

                    real Dragon Warrior is coming home.

         

          Tai Lung throws the Goose into the air and he flutters off.

          Lightning strikes.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          EXT. BUNKHOUSE – MORNING

         

          CLOSE-UP of a gong being struck.

         

         

          INT. BUNKHOUSE – CONTINUOUS

         

          Shifu enters the hallway of the bunkhouse. The Five burst out

          of their rooms and land, ready for inspection.

         

                              FURIOUS FIVE

                    Good morning master!

         

          One door remains closed.

         

                                                                  40.

         

         

                              SHIFU

                    Panda! Panda, wake up!

         

          He slides open Po’s door. The room is empty.

          

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                        (satisfied)

                    Hmm. He’s quit.

         

         

          EXT. TRAINING HALL – MOMENTS LATER

         

          Shifu walks with a bit more energy.

         

                              VIPER

                    What do we do now, Master? With the

                    panda gone, who will be the Dragon

                    Warrior?

         

                              SHIFU

                    All we can do is resume our

                    training and trust that in time,

                    the true Dragon Warrior will be

                    revealed.

         

         

          INT. JADE PALACE – MOMENTS LATER

          

          Shifu enters the training hall, only to find himself face-to-

          face with Po’s butt. Shifu and the Five are taken aback.

         

                              SHIFU

                    What are you doing here?!

         

          Reveal Po is in the middle of the floor, his legs spread wide

          apart. Po looks back over his shoulder to see Shifu and the

          Five enter the hall.

         

                              PO

                    Hey! Huh… Good morning, Master! I

                    thought I’d warm up a little.

         

                              SHIFU

                    You’re stuck.

         

                              PO

                    Stuck?! Whaa? Pfft… stuck…

                    Yeah, I’m stuck.

         

                              SHIFU

                        (to Crane)

                    Help him.

         

          Crane approaches Po.

         

                                                                 41.

         

         

                               CRANE

                    Oh dear.

         

          Crane gingerly grabs Po’s waistband and attempts to pull him

          up by flapping his wings.

         

                              PO

                    Maybe on three. One. Two-

         

          Crane pulls him up and Po flops onto his back.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Threeeee. Thank you.

         

                              CRANE

                    Don’t mention it.

         

                              PO

                    No really, I appreci–

         

                               CRANE

                    –EVER.

         

                              SHIFU

                    You actually thought you could

                    learn to do a full split in one

                    night? It takes years to develop

                    one’s flexibility and years longer

                    to apply it in combat.

         

          Shifu flings two boards into the air. Instantly, Tigress

          leaps up and executes a perfect split kick. Po is awestruck.

          As Tigress lands, the broken chunks of board land all around

          Po, knocking him on the head.

         

          Po collects a piece of splintered board as a souvenir. Shifu

          notices and steps forward.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Put that down! The only souvenirs

                    we collect here are bloody knuckles

                    and broken bones.

         

                              PO

                    Yeah, excellent!

         

          He laughs excitedly and salutes Shifu.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Let’s get started.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

                                                                 42.

         

         

          MONTAGE

         

          Shifu snaps his fingers. Viper and Po face off.

         

                              VIPER

                    Are you ready?

         

                              PO

                    I was born ready–

         

          Viper lashes her tail around Po’s wrist, wrenches his arm

          back, flings him into the air and brings him crashing back

          down on his head.

         

                                PO (CONT’D)

                    Eaghhh…

         

                              VIPER

                    I’m sorry, brother! I thought you

                    said you were ready!

         

                              PO

                    That was awesome! Let’s go again.

                        (salutes)

         

          Shifu snaps.

         

          Monkey twirls a bamboo staff. He lunges at Po who takes a

          comical beating.

         

          Shifu snaps.

         

          Po and Crane prepare to spar atop the turtle bowl. CRASH. Po

          falls in and is tossed around like a sack of soup.

         

          Shifu snaps.

         

          We see a series of shots of Po falling on his face at the

          hands of some invisible opponent, who turns out to be…

          Mantis.

         

          Shifu smiles. Flat on his back, Po manages a salute. Shifu

          has had it.

         

                              SHIFU

                    I’ve been taking it easy on you,

                    panda, but no more! Your next

                    opponent… will be me.

         

          Po looks excited.

         

                              PO

                    Alright! Let’s go!

         

                                                                   43.

         

         

          The Five exchange worried looks.

         

                              SHIFU

                        (to Po)

                    Step forth.

         

          Po doesn’t even finish the step as Shifu whirls him around

          and throws him to the floor pinning his arm behind him.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    The true path to victory is to find

                    your opponent’s weakness and make

                    him suffer for it.

         

                              PO

                        (delighted)

                    Oh, yeah!

         

          Shifu whips Po around again.

         

                              SHIFU

                    To take his strength and use it

                    against him.

         

          Again, this time Shifu holds Po by the nose.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    –until he finally falls, or quits.

         

          Po is totally inspired.

         

                              PO

                    But a real warrior never quits.

                    Don’t worry, Master, I will never

                    quit!

         

          At his breaking point, Shifu flings Po into the air and then

          leaps at him with a flying kick.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          EXT. TRAINING HALL – CONTINUOUS

         

          Po crashes out of the door and tumbles down the steps.

         

          The Five watch him fall.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    If he’s smart, he won’t come back

                    up those steps.

         

                              MONKEY

                    But he will.

         

                                                                 44.

         

         

                              VIPER

                    He’s not gonna quit, is he?

         

                              MANTIS

                    He’s not gonna quit bouncin’, I’ll

                    tell ya that.

         

          Cut WIDE as Po continues to tumble.

         

         

          INT. BUNKHOUSE – EVENING

         

          Close on Po, who grimaces.

         

                              PO (O.S.)

                    Aaaoo…whoohoo…EEEee…hee-

                    hee… I thought you said

                    acupuncture would make me feel

                    better.

         

          Mantis pops up from behind Po holding a handful of needles

          and sticks Po again.

         

                              MANTIS

                    Trust me, it will. It’s just not

                    easy finding the right nerve points

                    under all this–

         

                              PO

                    Fat?

         

                              MANTIS

                    Fur, I was gonna say fur.

         

                              PO

                    Sure you were.

         

                              MANTIS

                    Who am I to judge a warrior based

                    on his size? I mean — look at me.

         

          Po looks for Mantis…

         

                              MANTIS (O.C.) (CONT’D)

                    I’m over here.

         

          …But Mantis is now on his other shoulder. He jabs another

          needle into Po.

         

                              PO

                    Ow!

         

                                                                   45.

         

         

                              VIPER

                    Maybe you should take a look at

                    this again.

         

          Viper is holding a diagram of acupuncture meridians (onto

          which someone has overlaid a drawing of a panda.)

         

                              MANTIS

                        (re: diagram)

                    Oh! Okay.

         

          Quick cuts to Monkey meditating in his room and Crane doing

          calligraphy in his. Po’s yelps distract them.

         

                              PO

                    Ow! Don’t…

                        (laughing)

                    Stop it, stop– Yow! I know Master

                    Shifu’s trying to inspire me and

                    all, but if I didn’t know any

                    better, I’d say he was trying to

                    get rid of me.

         

          Po chuckles. The others look at each other and chuckle

          awkwardly.

         

                              MANTIS

                    I know he can seem kind of

                    heartless–

         

          He violently jabs another needle in Po.

         

                              MANTIS (CONT’D)

                    But, ya know, he wasn’t always like

                    that.

         

                              VIPER

                    According to legend, there was once

                    a time when Master Shifu actually

                    used to smile.

         

                              PO

                    No.

         

                              MANTIS

                    Yes.

         

          Cut to Tigress out in the hallway. She can hear them talking.

         

                              VIPER

                    But that was before…

         

                              PO

                    Before what?

         

                                                                    46.

         

         

          Tigress enters.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    Before Tai Lung.

         

          Crane’s shadow is silhouetted on the wall.

         

                              CRANE

                    Uh yeah, we’re not really supposed

                    to talk about him.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    Well, if he’s going to stay here,

                    he should know.

         

                              PO

                        (trying to ease the

                         tension)

                    Guys, guys. I know about Tai Lung.

         

          Tigress turns to Po.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    He was a student, the first ever to

                    master the thousand…

         

          Tigress approaches Po and leans in towards him.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                        (nervously trailing off)

                    …scrolls of… kung fu… and…

                    then he turned bad… and now he’s

                    in jail.

         

          Tigress shakes her head at the panda’s ignorance.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    He wasn’t just a student.

         

                                                          DISSOLVE TO:

         

         

          EXT. TRAINING HALL

         

          FLASHBACK. Shifu peeks out of the Training Hall and finds a

          baby leopard cub on the steps.

         

                              TIGRESS (V.O.)

                    Shifu found him as a cub. And he

                    raised him as a son.

         

          Baby Tai Lung pulls on Shifu’s whiskers.

         

                                                                  47.

         

         

                              TIGRESS (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                    …and when the boy showed talent

                    in Kung Fu…

         

          Baby Tai Lung punches the training dummy across the floor.

         

                              TIGRESS (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                    …Shifu trained him.

         

          Shifu teaches Baby Tai Lung how to punch.

         

                              TIGRESS (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                    He believed in him. He told him he

                    was destined for greatness.

         

          Hard cut to a full-grown Tai Lung demolishing a training

          dummy.

         

                              TIGRESS (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                    It was never enough for Tai Lung.

                    He wanted the Dragon Scroll. But

                    Oogway saw darkness in his heart

                    and refused. Outraged, Tai Lung

                    laid waste to the valley. He tried

                    to take the scroll by force. And

                    Shifu had to destroy what he had

                    created.

         

          Tai Lung ransacks a village on his way up to the Jade Palace.

          He crashes through the doors, running towards a waiting Shifu

          and Oogway.

         

          Shifu leaps at Tai Lung to deliver a kick.

         

                              TIGRESS (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                    But how could he?

         

          Seeing only baby Tai Lung running towards him, Shifu pulls

          his kick short. Tai Lung counters with a devastating strike

          and Shifu crashes to the ground holding his broken leg.

         

          Tai Lung leaps for the scroll, but Oogway stops him with

          strikes at his pressure points. He falls to the ground in a

          heap.

         

                              TIGRESS (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                    Shifu loved Tai Lung like he’d

                    never loved anyone before…

         

          Young Tigress in the training hall strikes the dummy in the

          same manner as Tai Lung. Shifu corrects her form. Nothing

          more. Young Tigress looks crestfallen.

         

                                                                     48.

         

         

                              TIGRESS (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                    …or since.

         

          The sad, young Tigress cross-dissolves to adult Tigress.

         

         

          INT. BUNKHOUSE – EVENING

         

          Everyone is quiet in the moment.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    And now he has a chance to make

                    things right, to train the true

                    Dragon Warrior. And he’s stuck with

                    you: a big, fat panda who treats it

                    like a joke.

         

          Po makes a googly-eyed face.

          

                              PO

                    Doieeeee…

         

                              TIGRESS

                        (charging at Po)

                    Oh! That is it!

         

          Mantis pops up and halts Tigress.

          

                              MANTIS

                    Wait! My fault! I accidentally

                    tweaked his facial nerve.

         

          Po falls face first to the floor, revealing his back is

          covered with needles.

         

                              MANTIS (CONT’D)

                    And may have also stopped his

                    heart.

         

         

          INT. TRAINING HALL – NIGHT

         

          Shifu is sitting in meditation, fidgeting incessantly.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Inner peace. Inner peace. Inner

                    peace.

         

          He finally opens one eye.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Would whoever is making that

                    flapping sound, quiet down!

         

                                                                   49.

         

         

          Satisfied with the silence, Shifu nods and resumes his

          meditation.

         

                               SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Inner…

         

          BOOM. Zeng drops in from the ceiling.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Oh, Zeng. Excellent. I could use

                    some good news right now.

         

                               ZENG

                    Uh…

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          EXT. JADE PALACE GROUNDS – EVENING

         

          Oogway stands under the peach tree, deep in thought. Shifu

          rushes in, emerging from the mist, extremely agitated.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Master! Master!

         

                               OOGWAY

                    Hmmm?

         

                              SHIFU

                        (out of breath)

                    I have– it’s– it’s very bad news.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Ah, Shifu. There is just news.

                    There is no good or bad.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Master, your vision…your vision

                    was right. Tai Lung has broken out

                    of prison. He’s on his way!

         

                              OOGWAY

                    That is bad news…

         

          He turns to face Shifu and stares at him, eyebrow raised.

         

                              OOGWAY (CONT’D)

                    …If you do not believe that the

                    Dragon Warrior can stop him.

         

                              SHIFU

                    The panda? Master, that panda is

                    not the Dragon Warrior.

                              (MORE)

         

                                                                  50.

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    He wasn’t even meant to be here —

                    it was an accident!

         

                              OOGWAY

                    There are no accidents.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Yes, I know. You’ve said that

                    already. Twice.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Well, that was no accident either.

         

                                SHIFU

                    Thrice.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    My old friend, the panda will never

                    fulfill his destiny, nor you yours,

                    until you let go of the illusion of

                    control.

         

                                SHIFU

                    Illusion?

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Yeah. Look at this tree, Shifu. I

                    cannot make it blossom when it

                    suits me, nor make it bear fruit

                    before its time.

         

                              SHIFU

                    But there are things we can

                    control.

         

          Shifu kicks the tree and a peach falls to his feet.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    I can control when the fruit will

                    fall.

         

          A peach falls on his head and Oogway chuckles. Shifu tosses

          the peach in the air, leaps up, and splits it with a chop.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    And I can control–

         

          Shifu punches the ground, creating a hole and places the seed

          in it.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    –where to plant the seed. That is

                    no illusion, Master.

         

                                                                 51.

         

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Ah, yes. But no matter what you do,

                    that seed will grow to be a peach

                    tree. You may wish for an apple, or

                    an orange… but you will get a

                    peach.

         

                              SHIFU

                    But a peach cannot defeat Tai Lung!

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Maybe it can. If you are willing to

                    guide it, to nurture it. To believe

                    in it.

         

          Oogway covers the seed with dirt.

         

                              SHIFU

                    But how? How? I need your help,

                    Master.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    No, you just need to believe.

                    Promise me, Shifu. Promise me you

                    will believe.

         

                              SHIFU

                    I… I will try.

         

          Oogway smiles, then glances up at the sky, then back down to

          Shifu.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    Good. My time has come. You must

                    continue your journey without me.

         

          He hands his staff to a confused Shifu.

         

                              SHIFU

                    What… what are you..?

         

          Oogway backs away into the swirling fog.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Master, you can’t leave me!

         

          The petals surround Oogway as he approaches the cliff’s edge.

         

                              OOGWAY

                    You must believe.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Master!

         

                                                                   52.

         

         

          Shifu runs after him. Oogway is engulfed by peach blossoms.

          As the winds settle, Shifu is revealed standing at the edge

          of a cliff.

         

          Oogway is gone.

         

          We pan across to the bunkhouse.

         

                              PO (O.S.)

                    …So I’m like, fine, you may be a

                    wolf, you may be the scariest

                    bandit in Haijin Province…

         

         

          INT. KITCHEN — NIGHT

         

          Reveal Po is cooking for the Five.   He chops some veggies mid-

          air.

         

                              PO

                    …but you’re a lousy tipper.

         

                              CRANE

                        (incredulous)

                    Really? So… how’d you get out of

                    there alive?

         

                              PO

                    I mean, I didn’t actually say that,

                    but I thought it… in my mind.

         

          Po flips some bowls and expertly lines them up on his arm. He

          ladles soup into them.

         

                               PO (CONT’D)

                        (covering)

                    If he… could read my mind, he’d

                    have been like, “What?”

                        (then)

                    Order up!

         

          Po looks around expectantly and the Five (minus Tigress) dig

          in.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Hope you like it.

         

                              MANTIS

                    This is really good.

         

                               PO

                        (bashful)

                    No, c’mon.

                               (MORE)

         

                                                                 53.

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    You should try my dad’s secret

                    ingredient soup. He actually knows

                    the secret ingredient.

         

                              VIPER

                    What are you talking about? This is

                    amazing.

         

                              CRANE

                    Wow, you’re a really good cook.

         

                              MANTIS

                    I wish my mouth was bigger.

         

          The others laugh. But not Tigress.

         

                              MONKEY

                    Tigress, you gotta try this.

         

          Tigress looks up from her meal.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    It is said that the Dragon Warrior

                    can survive for months at a time on

                    nothing but the dew of a single

                    gingko leaf and the energy of the

                    universe.

         

          On the others for a beat. Then Po shrugs.

         

                              PO

                    I guess my body doesn’t know it’s

                    the Dragon Warrior yet. I’m gonna

                    need a lot more than dew. And, uh,

                    universe juice.

         

          Po laughs. He picks up his bowl and takes a giant gulp. When

          he lowers the bowl, we see a noodle hanging from his face —

          it looks like a moustache. Mantis snickers.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    What?

         

                              MANTIS

                    Oh, nothing… Master Shifu!

         

          The rest start laughing. Po realizes he’s wearing a noodle

          moustache. He plays it up.

         

                                                                  54.

          

         

                              PO

                        (imitating Shifu)

                    You will never be the Dragon

                    Warrior, unless you lose five

                    hundred pounds and brush your

                    teeth!

         

          The Five LAUGH.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                        (imitating Shifu)

                    What is that noise you’re making?

                    Laughter? I never heard of it!

         

          The Five keep LAUGHING. Po reaches over and grabs two empty

          bowls and holds them up like ears.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                        (imitating Shifu)

                    Work hard, Panda. And maybe,

                    someday… you will have ears like

                    mine.

         

          As the rest of the Five laugh, Tigress sneaks a moment to

          smell Po’s soup. Leaning towards the bowl, she suddenly looks

          up and stops. The Five also look up and stop laughing.

         

          Reveal Shifu has entered behind Po. He is holding Oogway’s

          staff.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                        (normal)

                    Ears. It’s not working for you? I

                    thought they were pretty good.

         

          Po looks at the stone-faced Five. Tigress jumps to her feet.

         

                              MONKEY

                    It’s Shifu.

         

                              PO

                    Of course it’s Shifu. What do you

                    think I’m doing?

         

          He finally notices Shifu standing there, doing a slow burn.

          Embarrassed, he places the soup bowls on his chest like a

          bra.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Ooh! Master Shifu!

         

          Po slurps up the noodle moustache. Monkey can’t help but

          snicker.

         

                                                                  55.

         

         

                              SHIFU

                    You think this is funny? Tai Lung

                    has escaped from prison and you’re

                    acting like children!

         

                                 PO

                    What?

         

                              SHIFU

                    He is coming for the Dragon Scroll,

                    and you are the only one who can

                    stop him.

         

          The bowls fall off. A beat as this sinks in… then Po starts

          to laugh.

         

                              PO

                    And here I am saying you got no

                    sense of humor. I’m gonna stop

                    Tai…

         

          Shifu just stares at him, deadly serious.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    What? You’re serious? And I have to–

                    uh, Master Oogway will stop him! He

                    did it before, he’ll do it again.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Oogway cannot, not anymore.

         

          They notice Shifu holding Oogway’s staff. They know what this

          means. They are saddened by the news.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Our only hope is the Dragon

                    Warrior.

         

                                 TIGRESS

                    The panda?

         

                              SHIFU

                    Yes, the panda!

         

                              TIGRESS

                    Master, please. Let us stop Tai

                    Lung. This is what you’ve trained

                    us for.

         

                              SHIFU

                    No! It is not your destiny to

                    defeat Tai Lung. It is his.

         

          He dramatically points at Po… but Po is gone.

         

                                                                 56.

         

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Where’d he go?

         

          Shifu throws up his hands in frustration and heads after Po.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          EXT. BUNKHOUSE ­ DAY

         

          Super wide shot as Po runs away from the compound. Closer as

          he continues running. He checks over his shoulder, turns

          back… Shifu lands right in front of him.

         

                              SHIFU

                    You cannot leave! A real warrior

                    never quits!

         

                                 PO

                    Watch me!

         

          He tries to maneuver around Shifu, but is redirected back.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Come on! How am I supposed to beat

                    Tai Lung? I can’t even beat you to

                    the stairs.

         

                              SHIFU

                    You will beat him because you are

                    the Dragon Warrior!

         

          He pushes Po back with the staff.

         

                              PO

                    Ow! You don’t believe that! You

                    never believed that! From the first

                    moment I got here, you’ve been

                    trying to get rid of me.

         

          Shifu pokes him again, this time causing Po to fall on his

          back.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Yes. I was. But now I ask you to

                    trust in your master as I have come

                    to trust in mine.

         

                              PO

                    You’re not my master. And I’m not

                    the Dragon Warrior.

         

          Po shoves the staff away and gets up.

          

                                                                   57.

         

         

                              SHIFU

                    Then why didn’t you quit? You knew

                    I was trying to get rid of you, and

                    yet you stayed.

         

                              PO

                    Yeah, I stayed. I stayed because

                    every time you threw a brick at my

                    head or said I smelled, it hurt.

                    But it could never hurt more than

                    it did every day of my life just

                    being me.

         

          Po looks down at the Valley, then turns back to Shifu.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    I stayed because I thought if

                    anyone could change me, could make

                    me… not me, it was you. The

                    greatest kung fu teacher in all of

                    China.

         

                              SHIFU

                    But I can change you! I can turn

                    you into the Dragon Warrior! And I

                    will!

         

                               PO

                    C’mon, Tai Lung is on his way here

                    right now. And even if it takes him

                    a hundred years to get here, how

                    are you gonna change this…

                        (indicate belly)

                    …into the Dragon Warrior? How?

                    How? How?!

         

          In frustration, Shifu yells out the answer.

         

                              SHIFU

                    I don’t know!!!

                        (then, resigned)

                    I don’t know.

         

                              PO

                    That’s what I thought.

         

          Shifu walks away, leaving the path open to Po.

         

         

          EXT. JADE PALACE – NIGHT

         

          Tigress stands in the moonlight outside the palace. She has

          seen what just transpired between Shifu and Po.

         

                                                                  58.

         

         

          She turns away, a look of resolve on her face… and LEAPS.

         

          She flies through the air, finally landing on a rooftop in

          the valley below. She looks back up at the palace.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    This is what you trained me for.

         

          She takes off running.

         

          The other four are right behind her.

         

                               VIPER

                    Tigress!

         

          She keeps going and they give chase.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    Don’t try and stop me!

         

          The chase continues through the village.

         

                              VIPER

                    We’re not trying to stop you!

         

                               TIGRESS

                    What?

         

                              VIPER

                    We’re coming with you!

          

          Then…the others join her. Tigress smiles. They leap off

          into the night.

         

         

          EXT. JADE PALACE – EVENING

         

          Night dissolves to dawn. Shifu sits under the peach tree. He

          stirs, hearing KUNG FU NOISES from the training hall. He goes

          to investigate.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          INT. TRAINING HALL – DAWN

         

          Shifu looks inside — it’s empty. The NOISES continue from

          somewhere else — the bunkhouse.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

                                                                   59.

         

         

          INT. KITCHEN – DAWN

         

          As Shifu turns the corner he sees Po’s shadow as he performs

          some amazing Kung Fu.

         

          Entering the kitchen, Shifu finds Po is stuffing his face

          with food. Seeing Shifu, he stops mid-munch.

         

          In silence they eye each other. Shifu surveys the room —

          broken lock, smashed doors, unhinged cabinets. Po belches.

         

                              PO

                        (mouth full)

                    What? I eat when I’m upset, okay?

         

          Shifu gets a glimmer in his eye. He has an idea.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Oh, no need to explain. I just

                    thought you might be Monkey — he

                    hides his almond cookies on the top

                    shelf.

         

          Shifu calmly exits and hides just outside the doorway,

          waiting to see if his hunch is correct.

         

          KLUMP! KLONK! THUNK! Shifu peeks back inside and finds Po

          perched atop the high shelves jamming more cookies into his

          mouth. Po notices Shifu walking back in.

         

                              PO

                        (mouth full)

                    Don’t tell Monkey.

         

          He glances back down at Shifu, whose disbelief turns to a

          wise smile.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Look at you.

         

                              PO

                    Yeah, I know. I disgust you.

         

                              SHIFU

                    No no, I mean… how did you get up

                    there?

         

                              PO

                    I don’t know. I guess I– I don’t

                    know. I was getting a cookie…

         

          He looks at the cookie and then can’t help but eat it.

         

                                                                  60.

         

         

                              SHIFU

                    And yet you are ten feet off the

                    ground and have done a perfect

                    split.

         

                              PO

                    No, this… this is just an

                    accident.

         

          He and Po stare at each other for a beat. Then… WHOOMP! Po

          slips and crashes to the kitchen floor. A cookie rolls over

          to Shifu. He picks it up.

         

                              SHIFU

                    There are no accidents. Come with

                    me.

         

         

          EXT. MOUNTAINS – DAWN

         

          Shifu leads Po through the mountains.

         

                              PO

                    I know you’re trying to be all

                    mystical and kung fu-y, but could

                    you at least tell me where we’re

                    going?

         

          Shifu just continues walking.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          EXT. MOUNTAINS – LATER

         

          Shifu is sitting beneath a tree. Winded and wheezing, Po

          slowly works his way up the hill.

         

          Po sets his gear down and looks around. Shifu breathes in the

          morning mist as Po approaches.

         

                              PO

                    You dragged me all the way out here

                    for a bath?!

         

          Po begins to pat his armpits with water.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Panda, we do not wash our pits in

                    The Pool of Sacred Tears.

         

          Po quickly stops. Realizing.

         

                                                                 61.

         

         

                                 PO

                           (in awe)

                       The pool of…

         

                                 SHIFU

                       This is where Oogway unravelled the

                       mysteries of harmony and focus.

                       This is the birthplace of Kung Fu.

         

          The camera cranes up to reveal they are standing on rock

          shapes that resemble a yin yang symbol.

         

          As the camera pulls further out, it pulls back through a

          vision of Oogway doing Kung Fu moves.

         

          FLASH FRAME — Shifu leaps atop one of the rocks and looks

          down at Po.

         

                                 SHIFU (CONT’D)

                       Do you want to learn Kung Fu?

         

                                 PO

                           (awestruck)

                       Yeah…

         

                                 SHIFU

                       Then I am your master!

         

                                    PO

                       Okay!

         

          Tears of joy well up in Po’s eyes.

         

                                    SHIFU

                       Don’t cry.

         

                                    PO

                       Okay.

         

          Po sniffs the tears back and smiles.

         

         

          EXT. FIELD – LATER

         

          Shifu leads Po out into an open field.

         

                                 SHIFU

                       When you focus on Kung Fu, when you

                       concentrate…you stink.

         

          Po scowls.

          

                                                                 62.

         

         

                               SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    But perhaps that is my fault. I

                    cannot train you the way I have

                    trained the Five. I now see that

                    the way to get through to you is

                    with this!

         

          Shifu produces a bowl of dumplings.

         

                              PO

                    Oh great, `cause I’m hungry.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Good. When you have been trained,

                    you may eat. Let us begin.

         

         

          EXT. FIELD – LATER

         

          Po’s training unfolds — deep breathing exercises, balance

          tests, push ups, sit ups, climbing, etc. Through it all, he

          never gets to eat, although he does indeed learn kung fu.

         

         

          EXT. CLEARING – A MOMENT LATER

         

          Shifu sets a bowl of dumplings on a boulder.

         

                              SHIFU

                    After you, panda.

         

          Po stops short, suspicious.

         

                               PO

                    Just like that? No situps? No ten

                    mile hike?

         

                              SHIFU

                    I vowed to train you… and you

                    have been trained. You are free to

                    eat.

         

          Po grabs one of the dumplings in his chopsticks.

         

                               SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Enjoy.

         

          Po raises the dumpling to his mouth. WHOOSH! Shifu snatches

          the dumpling away and eats it himself.

         

                               PO

                    Hey!

         

                                                                    63.

         

         

                              SHIFU

                    I said you are free to eat. Have a

                    dumpling.

         

          Po reaches again as Shifu leaps across the table and kicks

          the dumpling into the air.

         

                               PO

                    Hey!

         

          Shifu eats it and Po scowls.

         

                              SHIFU

                    You are free to eat!

         

                              PO

                        (upset)

                    Am I?

         

                              SHIFU

                        (challenging)

                    Are you?!

         

          Po and Shifu ready their chopsticks. Po slams the table and

          sends the bowl of dumplings airborne. Back and forth, Po and

          Shifu spar, vying for the dumplings. Until there is only one

          left.

         

          Shifu tries every trick to keep the dumpling away from Po. He

          hides it underneath one of the bowls. He uses his chopsticks

          as weapons to smack Po’s chopsticks away. He attacks Po with

          his bamboo staff.

         

          But Po skillfully manages to best Shifu for the final

          dumpling.

          

          Shifu smiles. Po has passed the final test.

         

          But then Po tosses the dumpling into Shifu’s open hand.

         

                              PO

                    I’m not hungry… master.

         

          Master and pupil bow to each other.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          EXT. MOUNTAIN PASS

         

          The Five race toward a rope bridge stretched between mountain

          peaks.

         

                                                                  64.

         

         

          Tai Lung appears at the other end of the bridge. He ROARS and

          races toward them.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    Cut it!

         

          The others slash at the ropes securing the bridge to the

          mountain. Tai Lung is almost upon them when Tigress cuts the

          final rope. But Tai Lung is too close — Tigress must launch

          herself into him. The two cats end up in the middle of the

          bridge just as it starts to tumble into the canyon below. The

          Five grab support ropes and hold on for dear life.

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    Where’s the Dragon Warrior?

         

                              TIGRESS

                    How do you know you’re not looking

                    at her?

         

          Tai Lung laughs. It echoes off the mountain walls.

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    You think I’m a fool? I know you’re

                    not the Dragon Warrior. None of

                    you!

         

          The Five exchange quick, worried looks.

         

                              TAI LUNG (CONT’D)

                        (nodding confidently)

                    I heard how he fell out of the sky

                    on a ball of fire, that he’s a

                    warrior unlike anything the world

                    has ever seen.

         

          The Five exchange quick, confused looks.

         

                              MONKEY

                    Po?

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    So that is his name — Po. Finally,

                    a worthy opponent. Our battle will

                    be legendary!

         

          Tigress charges at him. The battle begins. Tigress punches

          Tai Lung as he hangs from the bridge. But Tai Lung counters

          with a maneuver that sends Tigress slamming backwards through

          the bridge’s wooden slats. Then Tigress gets choked by the

          bridge’s ropes. Monkey turns to Crane and Viper.

         

                              MONKEY

                    We’ve got this. Help her!

         

                                                                     65.

         

         

          Viper grabs Tai Lung, which causes him to let go of the

          ropes. Tigress plummets down into the gorge… but Crane

          manages to catch her. Viper punches Tai Lung repeatedly with

          his own fist. Tai Lung manages to get a paw around Viper’s

          “throat”.

          

                              VIPER

                    Monkey!

         

          ANGLE ON MANTIS AND MONKEY. Mantis is straining to hold the

          rope by himself.

         

                              MANTIS

                    Go!

                        (then)

                    Ack! What was I thinking?!

         

          Monkey leaps into action, kicking Tai Lung in the chest and

          sending him crashing through the slats of the bridge. He gets

          back to his feet and starts running back to them on a single

          strand of rope.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    Mantis!

         

          Mantis whips his end of the rope, sending a sine wave

          shooting toward Tai Lung. The rope whips Tai Lung in the face

          and he gets tangled up. The Five see their chance.

         

                              TIGRESS (CONT’D)

                    Now!

         

          Working as a team, the Five kick Tai Lung’s butt every which

          way. Tigress finally slashes the last rope holding up Tai

          Lung. He plummets down… down… disappearing into the mist.

          Mantis whips his end of the rope, returning his buddies

          safely to the mountain.

         

          The Five look relieved. But the relief is short-lived…

         

          Tigress notices that the other end of the bridge is circling

          the far mountain peak. Her eyes go wide with dread. The rope

          whips up. But Tai Lung isn’t there.

         

          With a crash, he suddenly appears behind the Five.

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    Shifu taught you well…

         

          Tai Lung jabs a finger at Monkey, who instantly freezes.

         

                              TAI LUNG (CONT’D)

                    But he didn’t teach you everything.

         

                                                                     66.

         

         

          Tai lung lunges toward the rest.

         

         

          EXT. TRAINING HALL – EVENING

         

          Shifu and Po walk through the palace courtyard. Po has an

          easy spring in his step.

         

                              SHIFU

                    You have done well, Panda.

         

                              PO

                    Done well? Done well?! I’ve done

                    awesome!

         

          He swings his belly around and knocks Shifu off balance.

         

          Shifu staggers back, regaining his dignity.

         

                              SHIFU

                    The mark of a true hero is

                    humility!

         

          After a moment’s thought, though, he leans toward Po –

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    But yes…you have done awesome.

         

          And he punches him playfully on the arm. Po smiles at him. As

          they LAUGH, an indistinct figure appears in the clouds behind

          them. IT’S CRANE!

         

          Crane carries the five to the palace grounds, crashing in a

          heap.

         

                              PO

                    Huh? Guys? Guys!

         

          Po throws his backpack aside and runs over to them.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    They’re dead? No, they’re

                    breathing! They’re asleep?! No,

                    their eyes are open.

         

          Crane struggles to lift his head.

         

                              CRANE

                    We were no match for his nerve

                    attack.

         

          His head collapses to the ground.

         

                                                                  67.

         

         

                              SHIFU

                    He has gotten stronger.

         

                              PO

                    Who? Tai Lung? Stronger?

         

          Shifu starts freeing the Five. First Viper, then Mantis, then

          Monkey releases suddenly from his paralysis –

         

                              MONKEY

                    He’s too fast!

         

          He delivers a Kung Fu punch to Po’s head and then slowly

          realizes where he is.

         

                                 MONKEY (CONT’D)

                    Sorry, Po.

         

          Shifu kneels before Tigress and works to free her.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    I thought we could stop him.

         

                              SHIFU

                    He could have killed you.

         

                              MANTIS

                    Why didn’t he?

         

                              SHIFU

                    So you could come back here and

                    strike fear into our hearts. But it

                    won’t work!

         

                              PO

                    Uh, it might, I mean, a little. I’m

                    pretty scared.

         

                              SHIFU

                    You can defeat him, panda.

         

                              PO

                    Are you kidding? If they can’t–

                    They’re five masters. I’m just one

                    me.

         

                              SHIFU

                    But you will have the one thing

                    that no one else does.

         

                                                                  68.

         

         

          INT. SCROLL ROOM – MOMENTS LATER

         

          CLOSE-UP of the Dragon Scroll. Po stares at Shifu – then

          looks up at the Scroll. Then back at Shifu –

         

                              PO

                    You really believe I’m ready?

         

                              SHIFU

                    You are, Po.

         

          They look at each other. This is a big moment.

         

          Oogway’s staff hangs in a rack surrounded by candles. As Po

          and The Five stand by, Shifu carries the staff over to the

          reflecting pool. Shifu bows his head, then, eyes still

          closed, he raises the staff up above his head. Po and the

          others watch, expectantly. The peach blossom petals rise in a

          flickering, spinning cloud up from the pool. The gentle

          tornado rises up around the ceiling carving that holds the

          Dragon Scroll. The petals loosen the scroll from the dragon’s

          mouth and it falls. At the last second, Shifu reaches out

          with the staff to catch the scroll on the end of it. He turns

          to Po, holding it out.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Behold. The Dragon Scroll… It is

                    yours.

         

                              PO

                    Wait, what happens when I read it?

         

                               SHIFU

                    No one knows, but legend says you

                    will be able to hear a butterfly’s

                    wing-beat.

         

                              PO

                    Whoa! Really? That’s cool.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Yes. And see light in the deepest

                    cave. You will feel the universe in

                    motion around you.

         

                              PO

                    Wow! Can I punch through walls?

                    Can I do a quadruple back flip?

                    Will I have invisibility–

         

                              SHIFU

                    Focus. Focus.

         

                                                                  69.

         

         

                              PO

                    Huh? Oh, yeah… yeah.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Read it, Po, and fulfill your

                    destiny. Read it and become… the

                    Dragon Warrior!

         

                                PO

                    Whooaa!!!

         

          Po takes a deep breath. Then he grasps the tube and tries to

          pull the top off it. It doesn’t budge. He strains at it.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    It’s impossible to open.

         

          He strains again. He tries to bite it off…

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Come on baby. Come on now…

         

          Shifu SIGHS and holds out his hand. Po passes him the tube.

          Shifu pops the end off effortlessly and passes it back to Po.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    Thank you. I probably loosened it

                    up for you though… Okay, here

                    goes.

         

          He glances at the Five. They look on in awe. Monkey gives him

          the `thumbs up.’ Po starts to unroll the scroll, the golden

          light bathing his face. Across the scroll we see Shifu,

          excited that he is witness to history…

         

          On Po’s face as he finishes opening the scroll.

         

          Then –

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

         

          Shifu looks concerned. The Five look concerned. Po looks

          utterly terrified.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                    It’s blank!

         

                                SHIFU

                    What?

         

                              PO

                    Here! Look!

         

                                                                 70.

         

         

          Po tries to show Shifu the scroll. Shifu covers his eyes and

          turns his head away.

         

                              SHIFU

                    No! I am forbidden to look upon–

         

          But he can’t help himself. He takes a peek. Then he GRABS if

          off Po. He turns it around, then upside down. He closes it

          and opens it again, astonished.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Blank? I don’t…I don’t

                    understand.

         

          Shifu turns away, contemplative. What can this mean?

         

                              PO

                    Okay. So like, Oogway was just a

                    crazy old turtle after all?

         

                              SHIFU

                    No. Oogway was wiser than us all.

         

          Po sits heavily on the floor, dejected.

         

                              PO

                    Oh, come on! Face it. He picked me

                    by accident. Of course I’m not the

                    Dragon Warrior. Who am I kidding?

         

          The Five don’t argue.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    But who will stop Tai Lung?

         

                              CRANE

                    He’ll destroy everything…and

                    everyone.

         

          Shifu puts the scroll back in its container and seals it. He

          looks oddly calm as he turns around.

         

                              SHIFU

                    No, evacuate the Valley. You must

                    protect the villagers from Tai

                    Lung’s rage.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    What about you master?

         

                              SHIFU

                    I will fight him.

         

                                                                  71.

         

         

                              PO

                    What?

         

                              SHIFU

                    I can hold him off long enough for

                    everyone to escape.

         

                              PO

                    But Shifu, he’ll kill you.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Then I will finally have paid for

                    my mistake.

         

          The Five and Po look devastated.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Listen to me, all of you. It is

                    time for you to continue your

                    journey without me. I am very proud

                    to have been your master.

         

          Shifu salutes them and turns away. Po is heartbroken. Crane

          steps forward and kindly puts a wing around Po, pulling away.

         

          Po resists for a moment, then lets the Five lead him off.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          EXT. VALLEY

         

          The Five arrive at the base of the stairs.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    We’ve got to get them out safely.

         

          Monkey picks up a small child.

         

                              MONKEY

                    Come, little one. Let’s find your

                    mama.

         

                              TIGRESS

                    Viper, gather the southern farmers.

                    Mantis, the north. Crane, light the

                    way.

         

          They split up and begin helping the villagers evacuate. Po is

          left by himself.

         

          He makes his way through the bustling town.

         

                                                                     72.

         

         

                              JR SHAW

                        (skeptically)

                    Look, it’s the Dragon Warrior.

         

          Po approaches the Noodle Shop.

         

                                PO

                    Hey, Dad.

         

                                PO’S DAD

                    Po!

         

          Seeing Po, Po’s Dad hurries over and wraps his arms around

          his son. Po bends down to reciprocate the hug, as Po’s dad

          pulls away, having fastened an apron around Po’s waist.

         

                              PO’S DAD (CONT’D)

                    Good to have you back, son!

         

                              PO

                        (listlessly)

                    Good to be back.

         

          Po’s Dad goes back to packing things up.

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    Let’s go Po. So, for our next shop,

                    it’s time to face it — the future

                    of noodles is dice-cut vegetables,

                    no longer slices.

         

          Dad starts to walk off, unaware that Po isn’t following.

         

                              PO’S DAD (CONT’D)

                    Also, I was thinking, maybe this

                    time we’ll have a kitchen you can

                    actually stand up in. Hmm? You like

                    that?

         

          He turns and notices that Po hasn’t moved. He walks to Po

          sympathetically.

         

                              PO’S DAD (CONT’D)

                    Po, I’m sorry things didn’t work

                    out. It just… wasn’t meant to be.

         

          Po slumps against the cart.

         

                              PO’S DAD (CONT’D)

                    Po, forget everything else. Your

                    destiny still awaits. We are noodle

                    folk — broth runs deep through our

                    veins.

         

                                                                  73.

         

         

                              PO

                    I don’t know, Dad. Honestly,

                    sometimes I can’t believe I’m

                    actually your son.

         

          Dad is taken aback.

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    Po, I think it’s time I told you

                    something I should have told you a

                    long time ago…

         

                                PO

                    Okay.

         

          Dad pauses dramatically.

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    The secret ingredient of my secret

                    ingredient soup!

         

          Po feigns excitement.

         

                                PO

                    Oh.

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    C’mere! The secret ingredient is…

                    nothing!

         

                                PO

                    Huh?

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    You heard me. Nothing. There is no

                    secret ingredient!

         

                              PO

                    Wait wait…it’s just plain old

                    noodle soup? You don’t add some

                    kind of special sauce or something?

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    Don’t have to. To make something

                    special, you just have to believe

                    it’s special.

         

          Po looks at his father with dawning realization. He picks up

          the Scroll.

         

          For a moment, Po stares at his reflection on the scroll, then

          he smiles serenely. He gets it now.

         

                                                                  74.

         

         

                              PO

                    There is no secret ingredient…

         

          Po turns back to look at the palace.

         

                                                            CUT TO:

         

         

          EXT. JADE PALACE – DAWN

         

          At the top of the stairs, Shifu looks upon the Valley,

          awaiting his fate. With a gust of wind, Tai Lung appears

          before him.

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    I have come home, Master.

         

                              SHIFU

                    This is no longer your home. And I

                    am no longer your master.

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    Yes. You have a new favorite. So

                    where is this…Po? Did I scare him

                    off?

         

                              SHIFU

                    This battle is between you and me.

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    So. That is how it’s going to be?

         

                              SHIFU

                    That is how it must be.

         

          They fight. At last. Tai Lung punches Shifu clean through the

          doors of the Jade Palace.

         

          Tai Lung enters.

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    I rotted in jail for twenty years

                    because of your weakness!

         

                              SHIFU

                    Obeying your master is not

                    weakness!

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    You knew I was the Dragon Warrior!

                    You always knew…

         

          Dissolve to FLASHBACK.

         

                                                                    75.

         

         

          A young Tai Lung looks expectant. Oogway shakes his head.

         

                              TAI LUNG (V.O.) (CONT’D)

                    But when Oogway said otherwise,

                    what did you do? What did you do?!

         

          Tai Lung looks to Shifu who averts his eyes and the past

          dissolves into the present.

         

                                 TAI LUNG (CONT’D)

                    NOTHING!

         

          Shifu takes a Kung Fu stance.

         

                              SHIFU

                    You were not meant to be the Dragon

                    Warrior! That was not my fault!

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    NOT YOUR FAULT?!

         

          Enraged, Tai Lung knocks over the Kung Fu artifacts and

          throws them at Shifu.

         

                              TAI LUNG (CONT’D)

                    WHO FILLED MY HEAD WITH DREAMS?!

                    WHO DROVE ME TO TRAIN UNTIL MY

                    BONES CRACKED?! WHO DENIED ME MY

                    DESTINY?!

         

          Shifu dodges each attack.

         

                              SHIFU

                    It was never my decision to make!

         

          Tai Lung pulls Oogway’s staff from the shrine.

         

                                 TAI LUNG

                    It is now.

         

          They fight. Tai Lung pins Shifu down with the staff.

         

                              TAI LUNG (CONT’D)

                    Give me the scroll!

          

                              SHIFU

                    I would rather die.

         

          They struggle for a beat until finally, the staff splinters

          into a hundred pieces. Shifu looks back at the pieces and a

          flutter of peach tree petals fly by. Caught off guard, Shifu

          gets kicked by Tai Lung into a column.

         

                                                                   76.

         

         

          Shifu climbs the column to the rafters. Tai Lung follows and

          sends them both crashing through the roof.

         

          Lightning flash.

         

          Grappling in mid-air, Tai Lung gets his hands around Shifu’s

          throat as they crash back through the roof.

         

          They kick apart. Shifu crashes to the floor and lands hard.

          Tai Lung bounces off the wall and throws a lantern to the

          floor. Flames go everywhere. Tai Lung’s arms are aflame as he

          charges at Shifu.

          

                              TAI LUNG

                    All I ever did, I did to make you

                    proud! Tell me how proud you are,

                    Shifu! Tell me! TELL ME!

         

          THOOM! A fiery punch sends Shifu skidding across the floor

          and crashing against the reflecting pool. The flames

          extinguish and Tai Lung extends his claws.

         

                              SHIFU

                        (weakly)

                    I have always been proud of you.

                    From the first moment, I’ve been

                    proud of you. And it was my pride

                    that blinded me. I loved you too

                    much to see what you were becoming.

                    What I was turning you into. I’m…

                    sorry.

         

          Tai Lung stops in his tracks. Shifu waits. Tai Lung’s

          expression goes cold. He grabs Shifu by the throat.

         

                               TAI LUNG

                    I don’t want your apology. I want

                    my scroll!

         

          He holds Shifu up to the ceiling. Looking up, Tai Lung

          bristles when he sees the scroll is missing.

         

                              TAI LUNG (CONT’D)

                    WHAT? WHERE IS IT?!

         

          Tai Lung slams Shifu to the floor.

         

                              SHIFU

                        (weakly)

                    Dragon Warrior has taken scroll

                    halfway across China by now. You

                    will never see that scroll, Tai

                    Lung. Never. Never…

         

                                                                  77.

          

         

          Tai Lung is furious. He roars, ready to strike Shifu.

          Suddenly…

         

                               PO (O.S.)

                    Hey!

         

          Tai Lung turns around to find Po standing in the doorway.

         

                              PO (CONT’D)

                        (out of breath)

                    Stairs…

         

          Tai Lung casts Shifu aside.

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    Who are you?

         

                              PO

                    Buddy, I am the Dragon Warrior.

                        (exhales hard)

                    Huhhh…

         

                              TAI LUNG

                    You?! Him?!

                        (to Shifu)

                    He’s a panda.

                        (back to Po)

                    You’re a panda. What are you gonna

                    do, big guy? Sit on me?

         

                              PO

                    Don’t tempt me. Haha. No. I’m gonna

                    use this. You want it? Come and get

                    it.

         

          Po shows him the Dragon Scroll.

         

          From out of nowhere, Tai Lung appears and punches Po across

          the room, grabbing the scroll knocked from Po’s hands.

         

                               TAI LUNG

                    Finally!

         

          Po bounces off a nearby pillar and slams back into Tai Lung,

          sending him flying into a column. Po puts on a brave face and

          strikes a pose as Tai Lung recovers and charges. Po turns to

          run.

         

          Tai Lung quickly catches up and they both sail off the Palace

          steps.

          

          Po clings to the scroll as Tai Lung delivers a kick and sends

          him crashing onto the theater rooftops below.

         

                                                                    78.

         

         

          Po rolls down off a tree and uses the recoil to whip back and

          smash Tai Lung. He briefly skids across the rooftop and comes

          right back at Po.

         

                              TAI LUNG (CONT’D)

                    That scroll is mine!

         

          Down the Theater steps, Po and Tai Lung grapple for the

          scroll. Po is oblivious to the effects of crashing down

          stairs and in slow motion, his voluminous butt presses down

          on Tai Lung’s head. As they crash through the Gateway the

          scroll is knocked loose. Tai Lung goes for the scroll but Po

          snatches it away using a noodle lasso. The scroll flies

          towards him and bounces off his head. Tai Lung leaps for it,

          but Po grabs his tail and pulls him back down onto a cart

          which see-saws Po into the air. In mid-air, Po slurps the

          noodle.

         

          Up and over the rooftops, Po lands in a grove of bamboo trees

          and into a nearby wok shop. The scroll rolls to a stop in the

          street.

         

          As Tai Lung makes his move on the scroll, Po turns the array

          of overturned woks into a shell game, sliding the woks around

          to hide the scroll.

         

                                 PO

                    Lightning!

         

          Tai Lung knocks the woks away and exposes the scroll as Po

          uses his bamboo stilts to block Tai Lung. The leopard swipes

          out the stilts and brings Po down on top of him as the scroll

          rolls down the steps towards the river.

         

          Po gets thrown into a fireworks booth. As Tai Lung chases

          down the scroll, he turns back to see Po flying through the

          fireworks-filled sky.

         

          Po slams through Tai Lung and crashes into a rock wall. The

          scroll flies out of his hand and lands in the mouth of an

          ornamental rooftop dragon. He looks back at Tai Lung, who

          sees where the scroll has landed. Via the magic of cookie-

          vision, Po effortlessly scales the building. Tai Lung is

          shocked.

         

                               TAI LUNG

                    The scroll has given him power.

                        (then)

                    NOOO0!!

         

          He takes a giant leap and kicks the wall. The resulting

          shockwave collapses the building.

         

                                                                    79.

         

         

          Amazingly, Po skips across the falling roof tiles to reach

          the scroll in mid-air as Tai Lung leaps up behind him and

          unleashes a punishing blow that sends Po smashing into the

          ground. As Tai Lung lands, he delivers a final devastating

          punch.

         

          As the dust settles, Tai Lung is looming over Po in the

          impact crater.

         

                                TAI LUNG (CONT’D)

                          (out of breath)

                      Finally… oh yes… the power of

                      the Dragon Scroll… is mine!

         

          Tai Lung grabs for the scroll and opens it. His face falls.

         

                                TAI LUNG (CONT’D)

                      It’s NOTHING!!

         

          Po stirs.

         

                                PO

                      It’s okay. I didn’t get it the

                      first time either.

         

                                TAI LUNG

                          (disbelief)

                      What?

         

          Po gets to his feet.

         

                                PO

                      There is no secret ingredient. It’s

                      just you.

         

          Tai Lung snarls and lunges at Po.

         

                                   TAI LUNG

                      RRRAAAH!

         

                                   PO

                      AAAAGGGHH!

         

          Tai Lung attacks Po’s nerve points. But Po begins giggling.

         

                                PO (CONT’D)

                      Stop! Stop it! I’m gonna pee!

                      Don’t! Don’t!

         

          Tai Lung’s nerve attack has no effect on Po. Frustrated, he

          delivers a double-fisted punch to Po’s belly.

         

                                                                  80.

         

         

          The shockwave ripples through Po’s entire body and Po’s arms

          come back and strike Tai Lung, sending the leopard crashing

          back into a building. Po looks at his hands, amazed at what

          he just did.

         

          Tai Lung rises from the rubble and runs at Po again. But Po

          strikes back, using an unorthodox panda-style technique, even

          getting Tai Lung to chomp down on his own tail. Po gives Tai

          Lung a butt bump that sends him crashing into a building. Tai

          Lung emerges and attempts one more lunge at Po. But Po

          prepares… and Tai Lung is swiftly met by Po’s IRON BELLY!

          He is launched into the air. Po waits… and waits… until

          finally, Tai Lung appears in the sky and crashes to the

          ground.

         

          Tai Lung is battered, but still defiant.

         

                                TAI LUNG

                          (heavy breathing)

                      You… can’t defeat me. You’re just

                      a big, fat panda!

         

          SCHWING! Po grabs Tai Lung’s finger. Tai Lung’s eyes go wide.

         

                                PO

                      I’m not a big, fat panda. I’m the

                      big, fat panda.

         

          Po’s pinky pops up. Tai Lung gasps.

         

                                TAI LUNG

                      The Wuxi Finger Hold!

         

                                PO

                      Oh, you know this hold?

         

                                TAI LUNG

                      You’re bluffing. You’re bluffing!

                      Shifu didn’t teach you that.

         

                                PO

                      Nope. I figured it out.

         

          He flexes his pinky…

         

                                  PO (CONT’D)

                      Skadoosh!

         

          KA-THOOM!

         

                                                                  81.

         

         

          EXT. VALLEY OF PEACE

         

          A mushroom cloud appears over the Valley, sweeping past the

          Furious Five and the fleeing villagers.

         

                                                       DISSOLVE TO:

         

         

          EXT. VALLEY SQUARE – A LITTLE LATER

         

          Villagers emerge from hiding. Po walks out from the mist

          looking very much like the warrior from the opening dream.

         

                              KG SHAW

                    Look! The Dragon Warrior.

         

          As he nears, we see that his hat is an upside down wok and

          his scarf is a torn apron.

         

          Villagers CHEER the Dragon Warrior. Po’s Dad emerges from the

          crowd.

         

                              PO’S DAD

                    That’s my boy. That big, lovely

                    kung fu warrior is my son!

         

                              PO

                    Thanks, Dad.

         

          Po hugs his dad. The wok falls off Po’s head and rolls on the

          ground until Mantis appears in frame and stops it. The rest

          of the Five are with him. Po takes notice.

         

                                 PO (CONT’D)

                    Hey, guys.

         

                                 TIGRESS

                    Master.

         

          Tigress bows deeply. The others follow.

         

                                 FURIOUS FIVE

                    Master.

         

                              PO

                        (modest)

                    Master?

                        (then, remembering)

                    Master Shifu!

         

          Po races toward the Jade Palace. He climbs the steps. Then

          more steps.

         

                                                                  82.

         

         

          INT. PALACE – MOMENTS LATER

         

          Po arrives breathless at the Jade Palace. Shifu is still

          lying in the scroll room, his eyes closed. Po rushes to his

          side.

         

                              PO

                    Master! Shifu! Shifu! Are you okay?

         

          Shifu weakly opens his eyes.

         

                              SHIFU

                    Po! You’re alive!

                        (then, darkly)

                    Or we’re both dead.

         

                              PO

                    No, Master, I didn’t die. I

                    defeated Tai Lung!

         

                                SHIFU

                    You did?!

         

          Shifu smiles and shakes his head in disbelief.

         

                              SHIFU (CONT’D)

                    Wow. It is as Oogway foretold —

                    You are the Dragon Warrior. You

                    have brought peace to this Valley.

                    And to me. Thank you. Thank you,

                    Po. Thank you…

         

          Shifu closes his eyes. He is still. Po starts freaking out.

         

                              PO

                    No! Master! No No No! Don’t die,

                    Shifu. Please…

          

                              SHIFU

                        (eyes snapping open)

                    I’m not dying, you idiot– ah,

                    Dragon Warrior. I’m simply at

                    peace. Finally.

         

                              PO

                    Oh. So, um, I should…stop

                    talking?

         

                              SHIFU

                    If you can.

         

          Po nods reverently as Shifu closes his eyes again. Master and

          pupil lie next to each other. The camera pulls up and back

          away from them. Po tries to remain still, but it’s hard.

         

                                                                  83.

          

         

          He’s about to say something, but he stops himself. He fidgets

          for a beat, then can’t control himself any longer.

         

                              PO

                    Want to get something to eat?

         

                              SHIFU

                        (sighs)

                    Yeah.

         

                                                          IRIS OUT.

         

                                      THE END

 

 

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