"Michael Riley, Shine’s creative director, composed images of traditional Chinese landscapes, calligraphy and 2D character animation set in a 3D landscape all choreographed to the classic Carl Douglas song “Kung Fu Fighting”; remixed by Cee-Lo Green, accompanied by Jack Black.
Riley’s concept included reprising the film’s main characters in original cell animations by finding them hidden in a gigantic Chinese calligraphy character.
This mix of disciplines required a tremendous collaboration between Shine, James Baxter Animation and the DreamWorks Animation team of animators, production designers and directors. "
The hand-drawn character animation in the end-credits was animated at Dreamworks Animation by these animators:
Shifu: William Salazar
Tigress: Rodolphe Guenoden
Tai Lung: Philippe Le Brun
Mantis: Ken Morrissey
Viper: Rodolphe Guenoden
Crane: Simon Otto
Oogway: Ken Morrissey
Dad (Duck): Alessandro Carloni
Messenger Goose and Rhino: Pierre Perifel
Monkey: Gabe Hordos
Bonus ! Now MSN Movies has posted the complete Opening Dream Sequence animated by James Baxter Studios.
Kung Fu Panda Opening Dream Sequence
Dream Sequence Production -
Storyboard and Direction by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Animation Director - James Baxter
Asst. Animation Director- Chris Sonnenburg
Producer - Hameed Shaukat
General Manager - Kendra Baxter
Key Clean-Up Artist - Helen Michael
Rough In-Betweener/Asst. Clean-Up - Raymond Flores Fabular
Compositors - Jason Brubaker , Erik Tillmans
Color Models - Claire Williams
Ink & Paint - Tina Staples
Line Art Scanner - Marisa Ledina
Accounting- Lauren Matthews-Hill