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Jack Black helps name actual “Kung Fu Panda”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Does this make Jack Black a daddy?

The comedian-rocker was present when officials at Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation SKG revealed that the only giant panda cub born in the U.S. last year would bear the recognizable name of Po.

The name, of course, is a tribute to the lead character Black voices in “Kung Fu Panda” and its upcoming sequel. The announcement was made this morning by representatives from Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation, the official sponsor of the 100 Day Giant Panda Cub Celebration and the naming of Po.

“Today’s announcement is the beginning of an amazing alliance between Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation. Our organizations share a commitment to giant panda conservation, particularly at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO of Zoo Atlanta. “We are proud and honored to share this moment with Jack Black, who has already helped to bring the importance of saving this species to a new generation of conservationists.”

Born to Lun Lun on Nov. 3, 2010, the 3-month-old now known as Po is already proving to be a great ambassador. Followed by thousands of fans on the PandaCam, the cub is expected to make his public debut in late March or early April.

View the PandaCam at zooatlanta.org. And be sure to check out “Kung Fu Panda 2” when it opens everywhere on May 27.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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