The art department on Kung Fu Panda has been done for a few months and I miss it dearly. I was given great opportunities by art director Tang Heng and production designer Ramone Zibach to tackle many of the large design projects in the movie - the interiors of peacock's fortress, the fireworks factory, etc - as well as work on parts of the movie making process that I little experience in. My favorite memory was pitching ideas for the final battle. I had ideas for a harbor/water showdown inspired heavily by stylized action sequence in naruto and the movie hero. Tang always wanted things to be as pushed as possible and I dreamed up what I called the most expensive(and probably impossible) sequence ever. Surprisingly they went for a lot of my ideas and I'm glad to see them as part of the movie.
KFP2 opens today. Go see it. I'd love to be able to work on the next one. More KFP art coming next week.