A neo-funk/electronica cover of the disco era classic “Kung Fu Fighting” performed by CeeLo Green and actor/rocker Jack Black is the first single from the original motion picture soundtrack for Kung Fu Panda, an animated comedy starring the voice of Black. Interscope Records will release the soundtrack album--which also features the score by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer and John Powell--on June 3, preceding the film’s nationwide release from DreamWorks Animation on June 6.See Also:
Listen to a snippet here.
The new remake of “Kung Fu Fighting,” with all new lyrics, was produced by The Underdogs, whose credits include Chris Brown, Marques Houston, and Beyoncé. The original recording, written and performed by Carl Douglas, shot to #1 in both the U.K. and U.S. (1974). The soundtrack’s single will be available for sale May 27 on iTunes and everywhere digital songs are sold.
"A fan of the song first, it was inspiring and an honor to have the opportunity to reintroduce the record to a brand new audience sprinkled with a little of me on top,” says a smiling CeeLo.
"Using as our inspiration classic kung fu films, this score was an opportunity to write something truly epic again, which we don't get a chance to do that often," states Zimmer. "The music had to reflect the fabulous precision and magnificent action pieces depicted in the film, and we used a large-scale orchestra incorporating a good deal of percussion, Chinese drums and other ethnic instruments to create the various themes."
Kung Fu Panda, which features the voices of Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, and Ian McShane, tells the tale of a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, Po (voiced by Black), who must somehow become a kung fu master in order to save the Valley of Peace from a villainous snow leopard, Tai Lung. In the legendary world of ancient China, our unlikely hero enters the rigid world of kung fu and turns it upside down. Po ultimately becomes a kung fu hero by learning that if he believes in himself, he can do anything.
Kung Fu Panda was directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson, produced by Melissa Cobb, and co-produced/written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.
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