Blake teaches the "Kung Fu Panda" Beat Sheet to students at the Beijing Film Academy in month, 2008
Blake Snyder teaches the “Kung Fu Panda” Beat Sheet to students at the Beijing Film Academy in November, 2008

With the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda opening this weekend, what better time to post our beautiful illustrated beat sheet for the original? We’re showing the first two beats below, followed by a link to download the entire 10-page breakdown, which was written by Blake and Master Cat! Jose Silerio. It was a big hit with Blake’s students in China — and now it’s here for you.

Written by: Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger (screenplay), Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris (story)

Directed by: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson

Genre: Superhero

Opening Image:


Po dreams of being a Kung Fu warrior. In reality, he is the adopted son of a noodle maker.

Theme Stated:


Mr. Ping, Po’s dad, tells Po that we all have our place in this world. Mr. Ping’s place is in the noodle restaurant, and Po’s is in tables 2, 5, 7 and 12.

Download the 10-page illustrated Kung Fu Panda Beat Sheet (pdf).

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