In the spirit of Mother's Day today, I want to ask this question to the KFP community on here. I've actually been wanting to for a while, but never got around to it 'til today. :P
If you've seen KFP3, then you know that Po's mother never got a name. Quite disappointed to say the least, though it was nice that she was at least brought up in the film instead of completely brushed aside - and she was even given a nice personal description by her husband Li. I also gotta say that "Portrait of Mom" is probably one of my (if not THE) top favorites in the film soundtrack.
But even still, a lot of fans were hoping her name would get mentioned, and it never did. :(
So, what do YOU think her name is/would be/could be? I've been seeing people give their own names to the Furious Five, but I'd really like to hear what everyone would give Po's mother.
Because Li ended up being named after Po's recollection of him in his KFP2 flashbacks ("strong" and "powerful", according to The Art of Kung Fu Panda 2), I think it could be the same with Po's mother. Po recalls her as "sweet", so perhaps a Chinese name that means as such or something closely related (like "kind") would be a likely match?
Shu and Shu Fang are pretty close - they're both female names with similar meanings. I think they fit her quite well. :)
It could've been nice if they added a name to her, but I actually don't mind in general how some characters don't have "proper" names in KFP. It's a unique little trait about its world that I like.
Interesting. I guess I can understand that aspect of it, but overall I'm the opposite - it bothers me if details like that are left out. I feel like it takes away some of the realism the world has created for itself, or at least in a way defies its own established rules - if that makes any sense. Like why would this non-main character have a special name but this other non-main character doesn't? It leaves one to question what function names have in that world, and if one is never established, it then becomes its own form of a plot-hole.
I suppose it's just a different form of storytelling (kinda like what you said about it being a "unique trait"), but to me, those are important details that really bring storytelling to life. Names in particular aid in character development, which is always essential even if that character isn't main or supporting. So when those details are ignored or presented differently because it's just a "trait" of the world, I'm actually bothered by that.
Well, Li could've mentioned his wife's name, but I think it's how he describes her that added a bit about her personality. And I appreciate world-building and research and realism and all, but when it comes to the KFP films, I think some things aren't worth overthinking or questioning too much. But that's just me. Like I said, I don't mind the lack of "proper" names.
I think I could go ethier way, although it is very interesting to see a character that has a name with a special meaning to it. Also I have seen times were the characters are just given names, just because it sounds like a name to give a character.