Kung Fu Panda Holiday appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the transfer looked terrific.
No issues with sharpness ever materialized. At all times, the show looked crisp and concise, without any softness on display. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and the presentation lacked edge haloes. I also witnessed no signs of source flaws throughout the clean image.
Holiday went with a stylized palette that could be chilly and desaturated due to the winter setting. Warmer colors did appear, though, so it wasn’t all cold blues and the like. All of these seemed vivid within stylistic constraints; the colors consistently looked well-rendered. Blacks came across as deep and firm, while low-light shots seemed smooth and concise. I found nothing to criticize in this excellent presentation.
Though not as memorable, the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack of Holiday worked fine. The soundfield boasted good stereo music as well as decent use of effects. The forward spectrum dominated, but the surrounds got a bit to do as well, primarily via various cooking scenes. The various speakers melded together in a positive manner to involve us in the material as necessary.
Audio quality always satisfied. Speech appeared distinctive and crisp, while effects fared nicely as well. Those elements offered good clarity and range. Music was also lively and full. This was too low-key a soundfield for a high grade, but it suited the special.
A smattering of minor extras fill out the set. For the five-minute, 42-second How to Draw: Wo Hop, we find a tutorial with Head of Story Tom Owens. He shows/tells us the methods necessary to draw the animated character. This is an insubstantial but decent addition.
Kung Fu Panda Holiday Shuffle delivers two games. We can “Follow the Candle” or go with “Wo Hop and the Golden Ladle”. With “Candle”, we get an electronic version of Three Card Monte; it’s slow enough that it’ll be playable for kids but no challenge for adults. “Ladle” is the same game – and just as easy – but with different graphics.
Under Mr. Ping’s Noodle House, we find a four-minute, 40-second piece with Iron Chef America host Alton Brown. He introduces us to Chef Danny Yip and we learn how to make noodles. This becomes another watchable but not particularly interesting show.
Another tutorial shows up via the two-minute, 54-second How to Use Chopsticks. As expected, this teaches us what we need to do to eat with chopsticks. I’ll stick with forks, thank you, but I’ll refer back to this featurette if I ever decide to change.
Under World of DreamWorks Animation, we get elements related to other movies. We see a mix of music videos and advertisements in this forgettable collection.
The disc opens with ads for Rise of the Guardians, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, and Madly Madagascar. These also appear under Previews along with clips for It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
On a second disc, we get a DVD Copy of Kung Fu Panda Holiday. This delivers a retail version with the same extras as the Blu-ray.
With all the original voice talent in tow, I hoped that Kung Fu Panda Holiday would deliver a fun special. However, it seems generic to the point of mediocrity and does nothing to make itself lively or memorable. The Blu-ray provides excellent visuals, good audio and some minor bonus features. If you adore the Kung Fu Panda characters, you’ll probably want to give this one a look, but don’t expect much creativity from it.