Entertainment Weekly - 02/16/1996
"...A furry FREE WILLY...but the real bear is irresistible and cuddlier than a killer whale." -- Rating: B
Los Angeles Times - 08/28/1995
"...Lively family entertainment..."
A boy visits his father who is helping to preserve Pandas in China only to be separated from him on the preserve when poachers attack. With a baby Panda in tow the boy makes his way through the wilderness to safety.
Young Ryan travels to China to visit his dad Michael, who works on a panda bear preserve. But to prevent impending budget cuts, Michael and the others need to present a panda cub as an example of their accomplishments. So when poachers snatch the only cub in existence -- which then succeeds in escaping -- Ryan, along with a young Chinese girl, sets out on a danger-filled adventure to recapture the imperiled creature. Unfortunately, the poachers are never far behind. Will our young heroes find the panda first'
Kids Adventure |
Color by Technicolor. Shot in Panavision widescreen on location in China and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Recorded in SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound).
Film was released with "Carrotblanca," an 8-minute cartoon short, starring Bugs Bunny.
Actor Ryan Slater is the younger brother of Christian Slater.
Director Christopher Cain is the stepfather of actor Dean Cain, of TV's "Lois and Clark."
Additional cast: Moon/Shema (The Little Panda) and Ying Ying, from Wuhan Circus (Adult Panda).
Additional credits: Steven Alldredge (story); Leslie Sebert (key makeup/hair artist); Dean Alexander Lockwood (special effects coordinator); OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic (digital visual effects); and Hayley Hsu (assistant director).
Thanks to Beijing Film Studio and China Film Co-Production Office.