Jennifer Yuh Nelson was born in South Korea on 7th May 1972. She is a director by profession and wrote the storyline for the ‘
Kung Fu Panda
’ series and many other movies. When Jennifer was four years old, her mother and sisters migrated to California where she spent most of her childhood. She loved to draw and could continue for hours with it. She used to make the films in her head and gives the credit of her pictures to the family experiences she encountered in her childhood. Jennifer received her education from the California State University and later became interested in animation.
She decided to make animated flicks and joined the animation studio of her sisters, “Jetlag Productions” where she worked and learned about the art. Jennifer joined the DreamWorks Production in 1998 and worked there in the storyboard department and later on the projects like ‘Madagascar’, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, etc. She showed interest in working for the Kung Fu Panda series since her interests were in martial arts and she became a part of the storyline.
The film is about a panda, Po, who wants to learn Kung Fu and become a master. Soon a kung fu warrior escapes from prison, and Po is said to be the chosen one who will fight against him and bring peace. It grossed $630 million, and the audience loved the panda and the story. The critics appreciated the work and gave a big thumbs up. After the first installment turned out to be successful, the production house approached Jennifer to direct the second installment of the series.
The plot continues with Po finding new enemies with whom he and his friends have to fight. Po also finds out some secrets related to his past which he never knew. It was a blockbuster, and the theaters filled with people. Just like its first part, the second also grabbed the market with collections of over $665 million. It created history since it was the first time that a movie directed by a woman became a highest grossing worldwide.
Jennifer received many nominations and awards for it. “
” film later broke this record. Kung Fu Panda came back with its third installment in 2016 with Jennifer again and was the first film ever to be produced by a Chinese firm. Jennifer’s journey is an inspiring one. She also featured in television series including Real Adventure of Johny Quest, Spicy City, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, etc.