There were pandas on the beach this morning in Cannes, as Dreamworks continued its tradition of extravagant promotions (Shrek 2, Dreamgirls, Bee Movie…) with its out of competition film Kung Fu Panda.
The scene was pretty hysterical, and not really because of Jack Black, who emerged from a sea of pandas to give his usual funny-face/loud-mouth act. It was the pandas – actually people in 150 pound suits – that got to me. In the vein of today’s opening film Blindess, the pandas apparently couldn’t see anything, and had to be assisted off the pier and basically needed some to hold their panda paws and lead them back into the beach house:
Anyway… compared to last year’s Jerry Seinfeld-flying-down-the-Croisette-in-a-bee-suit stunt, this was a bit disappointing. Speculation amongst peers yesterday ran from there being actual pandas (which would have been slightly cruel), to Angelina Jolie in a tiger outfit (she plays one in the film).. but alas, it was just Black and a bunch of panda suits. There were great photo opps though, and I managed a few shakily shot videos. Enjoy: