Pretty good sequel, all things considered. It’s hard to do follow ups when the panda has already achieved everything his heart desired. This is a good story though, the threat real. There’s perhaps a bit more fighting than I’d have liked, but it’s nicely offset by the cuteness of the baby panda flashbacks. Dude, seriously.
So, the biggest question is, why have I not watched this before? It’s a great big fluffy adorable panda for goodness’ sake? But, righting that wrong now, thank goodness the film stands up to the cute main character. Good story, great cast, fab animation, lots of fun jokes and of course, lots of great wisdom to take away. It did feel a bit like Star Wars goes to China but I loved it.
The BBC aired a documentary about the new panda couple at Edinburgh Zoo, covering why and how they arrived at their new home, how their handlers were trained up, and what the zoo expects from the happy pair. Naturally, I was their target audience, and although there was nothing groundbreaking in there, it was a cute way to spend an hour or so.
Here are my notes, although, again, nothing we don’t already know… except perhaps the cost of bamboo!
When I visited Edinburgh for my Alphabet Adventure, I very much liked it. Which is lucky, because the zoo have recently taken ownership of two pandas - on loan from China. I remember the Park & Ride bus stopping at the zoo on the way back, and I considered getting off but it didn’t look all that impressive from the outside. Now, it is one of my top destinations!
I loved hearing about the pandas arrival - being flown in on a FedEx plane, and being nicely secured in see through FedEx crates.
It’s been a while since Baby Panda Thursday ceased to be updated on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped looking at all things cute and panda shaped. Lots of people tweet me panda related items and I love it!
I also particularly love apps and games that involve pandas. If your app has a cute panda as the icon, then you’re very likely to make a sale.
The BBC have a new series on at the moment called Nature’s Miracle Babies, and the first episode featured lots of cute and cuddly baby pandas. I only half-watched it really, jealous of the man getting to play around with the balls of fluff, and also slightly concerned when they practically ripped his plastic apron from him as they played.
I watched and blogged a BBC documentary on the almost impossibility of pandas reproducing, so I’m well aware of their “miracle” status.
Whilst wandering around the Steam Fair last weekend, we found a line of displays that showed off how smaller engines could deliver a steady stream of water. One couple in particular had a unique way of showing off their technology.
I should have taken video really, because the panda was hooked up to the lever and pumping away at the water. Back and forth he went, poor thing. It was like slave labour!
I am a terrible artist. I can see things in my head, but there is some kind of communication lost between my imagination and my hand, so that a pencil drawing ends up looking terrible.
Nevertheless, I recently got lost in a world of “how to draw” videos on YouTube, and when I realised it was Baby Panda Thursday today, I thought the two things would combine quite nicely.
First, I followed this video, but I must admit, my panda looks nothing like theirs.
A beautiful little animation, via Perfect Pandas. It’s sad at the end, but the description on Vimeo suggests it “sets off the compassion of an imaginative little boy” which I think can only be a good thing.