The Amazing Panda Adventure

1995 PG 1h 31m DVD

The Amazing Panda Adventure

1995 PG 1h 31m DVD
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In this children's adventure story, a young boy (Ryan Slater) is in China visiting his father (Stephen Lang), who is helping to save pandas in their habitats. While out on the preserve, father and son are separated when poachers attack. With a baby panda in tow, the young boy must make his way through the wilderness to safety.
Stephen Lang, Ryan Slater, Isabella Hofmann, Ding Yi, Wang Fei, Brian Wagner, Doug Abrahams
Christopher Cain
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this live-action animal adventure, which follows a young American boy who ends up saving a panda cub, features some mild peril and threatening villians. The 10-year-old protagonist and his friend, a Chinese girl, face realistic panda poachers on several occasions and plummet dangerously into a river, as well as evade gun-wielding criminals as they attempt to travel back to safety. Kids will learn about pandas, Chinese folklore, and the unconditional nature of father-son relationships.

Sexual Content

Ling and Ryan flirt with each other and in one scene end up having to strip down to their underwear to get leeches off of their bodies. They then hide from each other, and Tyler makes a joke about how he's seen "naked girls" before on cable TV, so she shouldn't worry about him peeking.


In several scenes, the poachers look menacingly at the nature preserve workers. They skulk around with guns and scowls and cage a mother panda. They then kidnap a panda cub. The two kids fall in the river and down a waterfall a few times, but each time they manage to escape scratch-free. The poachers find the kids and panda and try to catch them, but the kids evade them thanks to sympathetic villagers.


Insults like "stupid," "dimwit," "idiot," and "shut up."

Social Behavior

Positive messages include the idea that fathers love sons unconditionally, even if they have to work a lot; the environmental lesson that there are animals nearing extinction and it's our collective duty to help save them; and that even young kids can make a big difference.


Brief references to the show American Gladiators and to Twinkies.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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