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Every one of us has watched the Kung Fu Panda series and has at least once wondered what kind of animal is Master Shifu.

There are many different animal characters featured in the DreamWorks animated film franchise, the Kung Fu Panda trilogy - Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Kung Fu Panda 3, television shorts and specials, two tv series - Kung Fu Panda, The Paws of Destiny and Kung Fu Panda - Legends of Awesomeness, digital comics, and various video games. We will dive deeper into the kind of animals featured in the series here.

The Kung Fu Panda series garnered a lot of success and made sense in a way as the animated movies showed the true sense to find the power within and people actually resonated with that. The title revolves around the dragon warrior Po and the furious five and their adventures with lots of antagonists. Master Shifu and Master Oogway are the two of the mentors of the protagonists seen in the movie since the first film. Dustin Hoffman plays the character of Master Shifu. However, Hoffman himself was not sure what kind of animal Shifu is. He thought Shifu was a raccoon when actually the species is a red panda.

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What is Master Shifu from?

We all know and love Master Shifu despite the character not being the center of the show. Remember when he taught our beloved Po the art of inner peace?

Master Shifu is Po's master in all the Kung Fu Panda series of feature films, video games, TV shows, and comics. The character is the headmaster of the Jade Palace and also the teacher/trainer of the Furious Five. Dustin Hoffman has done justice to the character and you will know this the moment you hear Shifu speak. DreamWorks has always been good when portraying talking animals in movies, like the Madagascar series and they have knocked it out of the park with Kung Fu Panda too. The first film revolves around a giant panda named Po who lives with his father and runs a food stall. Po dreams of becoming a kung fu master and training along with the furious five and Master Shifu teaches him the ways along with Master Oogway's inner peace technique. Po dreams of becoming the Master of the Valley of Peace.

What kind of red panda is Shifu and why?

Although many people do not know that Shifu is a red panda, people thought the character to be a raccoon.

The character of Master Shifu, although it looks like a raccoon, is actually a red panda as confirmed by the production house.

How old is Master Shifu?

This cannot be confirmed as it was not shown in any of the movies, the age of Master Shifu is a mystery.

Only Master Oogway's age was said to be thousands of years old and that is all we know. In the movie, Shifu has helped Master Rhino, Master Croc, and Master Ox before training Tai Lung. Shifu was shown of a younger age during flashback scenes in Kung Fu Panda 2 and the age can be considered to be around 60-70 years. Despite being a younger master, Shifu was a fearless trainer and molded Po in the franchise.

The character was voiced by Dustin Hoffman.

Who plays Master Shifu?

Everyone has wondered what kind of animal is Master Shifu. Dustin Hoffman, who gave his voice to the character, seemed confused himself when asked this question during an interview.

Master Shifu is voiced by Dustin Hoffman in the movies. Po is voiced by Jack Black in the movie among many other prominent names like Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, and David Cross.

Other Animals That Feature In Kung Fu Panda

There are various animals shown in the Kung Fu Panda series. The series garnered a lot of success.

Po is a giant panda who is the main protagonist of the series.

Master Shifu is a red panda and the main trainer of Po.

Grand Master Oogway is a sage and the greatest kung fu master in history. The character is portrayed by a Galapagos tortoise. He was the headmaster of the Jade Palace before Shifu. He was attacked by his former friend, Kai who steals his chi and escapes. Kai is portrayed by a Chinese Black Pied cattle and is the villain in Kung Fu Panda 3.

Master Tigress is a South China tiger and part of the furious five.

Master Viper is a green tree viper.

Master Monkey as the name suggests is a Gee's golden langur.

Master Mantis is a Chinese mantis.

Master Crane is a black-necked crane.

Tai Lung is the protagonist of the first film and is portrayed as a snow leopard.

Lord Shen is the villain of the second installment of the film and is portrayed by a peacock.

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Ritwik Bhuyan

Ritwik has a bachelor's degree in English from Delhi University. His degree developed his passion for writing, which he has continued to explore in his previous role as a content writer for PenVelope and his current role as a content writer at Kidadl. In addition to this, he has also completed CPL training and is a licensed commercial pilot!

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