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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Dustin Hoffman, Mark Osborne HollywoodNewsWire.net  "Kung Fu Panda"  photo
Kung Fu Panda
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
May 31, 2008
Dustin Hoffman & Mark Osborne (Director) - Kung Fu Panda

Q1: You chose to have Jack and Dustin work together in this and that is unusual in animation, why did you do that and for Dustin, what was it like working with Jack Black?

MO: It was actually really important for us - creating the characters is an evolution, we have an idea and then we bring someone like Dustin in to help us really author the character, because he's such a huge part of creating the character. So for us there is a very important dynamic between Po and Shifu, and we wanted to actually explore that with both actors. So it was something that we did early on intending it to be a very playful session, an exploratory session, and we ended up actually getting a lot of great finished dialogue in that session, because the interplay was so great. And it was a thrill; they hadn't worked together, so we got to pair these two, and just to be there was fun.

DF: Oh that it could be longer, is my answer. I wish there wo...

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