Chinese “Kung Fu Panda” Rip-off

Fan Huang at Shanghaiist showcases a new Chinese animated film, “Legend of a Rabbit,” featuring a rotund rabbit who cooks and does Kung Fu. Funnily enough, the main villain is–a panda!

Maybe they were responding to Chinese criticism of “Kung Fu Panda” about Hollywood’s inaccurate portrayal of Chinese culture and wanted to do a culturally correct version. Huang comments that they may have unintentionally done so.

They most represent contemporary Chinese culture in that they’ve taken something already successful and simply concocted an uninspired knock-off version of the original, all the while underestimating their audience’s ability to sniff the difference.

Watch: ‘Legend of a Rabbit’ a shamelessly shanzhai Kung Fu Panda

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