A poster of "Kung Fu Panda 2" [Photo: douban.com]The blockbuster "Kung Fu Panda 2" has just kicked down the door of movie theaters around the world. And to share how his research of Chinese culture helped inspire the film, production designer Raymond Zibach visited Chengdu in China.
During his trip Zibach held a real panda for the first time. Afterwards, he explained his hopes for the sequel.
Raymond Zibach, production designer of "Kung Fu Panda 2", said, "I was hoping that after the first film, if I did it correctly, people would want to, if they could, come to China and experience for themselves. But if they couldn't, they could actually watch the movie and get a good idea of what's here. So that was the big surprise, I think, when the first movie came out, and the second movie will do it too. People will appreciate the culture here more."
Zibach also visited some of the locations featured in his movie including Mt. Qingcheng, and the Jinsha Cultural Relics Site and the Wide-and-Narrow Lanes.
Though the bumbling panda named Po is popular around the world, the creative team hadn't come into contact with real pandas before creating the character. But in October 2008 they traveled to China, visiting some of the cities and tourist spots including Beijing, Pingyao, Shaolin Temple and Sichuan, the home of real pandas.
Their experiences during the visit inspired them when creating "Kung Fu Panda 2."
When asked about whether he believes the the world is curious about China and what's there, Zibach said he believes there will always be an interest in the country.
Raymond Zibach said, "I think as far as other Hollywood companies, it depends on the stories they need to tell, and if they did it they would probably enjoy working with the Chinese cultures as I did."
The sequel to the 2008 Hollywood blockbuster, "Kung Fu Panda 2" hit the big screen worldwide last Saturday.
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