Kung Fu Panda 3-2016 film; A Captivating Animated Mammal Martial-Arts Wonder

Briefly

In his continued adventure, Po must face two peculiar herculean threats, one supernatural and the other a little like him.

From DreamWorks Animation franchise few lead character, Po stands out as the lovable one. The mighty Kung Fu Panda voiced by Jack offers the self-esteem lesson though combination of Panda characteristics and martial arts. These are two complete different traits merged to exhibit geniality and joviality attitudes.

Thought not closer to Star Wars but not far either these series is making a point. The original 2008 Kung Fu Panda was a white tail of traumatic past that culminated into parental discovery. Then in 2011, we saw a scarier and a darker continuation. And now “Kung Fu Panda 3” is much more emotional, dramatic and perhaps most of all visual if viewed in 3D.

Despite the action pack in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” What we see is a trilogy of cuddly warrior heroes, hence achieving a lightness of touch and a satisfying heroism. The movie is funny and relaxing for any viewer. The realms are designed beautifully, while colors appeal from scene to scene. The writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger have managed to put the panda in another level to bring out the movie message.

The Story

The movie starts with Oogway (Randall Duk-Kim), Po’s former master relaxing in the spirit realm, where he’s interrupted by the bullish Kai. Kai is on a mission to rule all being and non-being by stealing Chi (life force) a panoply of masters. He will achieve his victory when he defeats the last earthly master of chi, Po.

On Earth, Po already has trouble overseeing the martial arts school after master Shifu retires. With his old pals Tigress, Mantis, Viper, and Monkey, they destroy some martial-arts equipment in the name of practice. This plummets Po into his identity crisis where he’s haunted by Dragon Warrior.

At some point Po’s biological father Li appears to take him back up to Secret Panda Village. What we learn is that Li’s on a mission shown to him in the form of a letter from the universe.

Most of this stuff don’t add up so well especially where cranes adopt pandas as their own. It also seems screenwriters may have chosen a lot of Return to Forever song titles and merged them randomly into a Final Draft edit.

However, it doesn’t matter because in the end Po manages to conquer his fears and embrace the awesome. Friends and family help this dream and the lesson is learnt. Which was the purpose, isn’t it?

Extras

Release date: January 29, 2016 (USA)
Directors; Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni
Running time: 1h 35m
Box Office: 198.1 million USD
MPAA Rating: PG

Critic reviews

Emotionally, dramatically and perhaps most of all visually (its worth seeing in 3D), this delightful trilogy capper is almost as generously proportioned as its cuddly warrior hero (Justin Chang·Variety)

The kiddies might not appreciate the artistry, but grown-ups certainly will. Neil Genzlinger· (New York Times)

Kung Fu Panda 3 is the weakest feature installment of the series overall, but that ultimately says more about the quality of the Kung Fu Panda franchise than the failings of its most recent chapter. (Eric Eisenberg·Cinemablend)

As in past entries, the goofball, underachieving panda protagonist has a lot more than dumplings dumped on his plate. (Bob Hoose·Plugged In)

Like its predecessors (from 2008 and 2011), this third Panda is a blowout of resplendent, lustrous color. (Stephanie Zacharek·Time)

Jack Black is great as Po, but the story is shopworn. Katherine Pushkar·New York Daily News

Kung Fu Panda 3 is a well-meaning piece of escapism for kids – one that shows signs of wear in the larger computer-animated kung fu franchise. Ben Kendrick·Screen Rant

Production

A 20th Century Fox release of a DreamWorks Animation presentation, in association with China Film Co., Oriental DreamWorks, Zhong Ming You Ying Film. Produced by Melissa Cobb. Executive producers, Mike Mitchell, Guillermo del Toro, La Peikang, Li Ruigang. Co-producers, Jeff Hermann, Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger.

Crew

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni. Screenplay, Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger. (Color); editor, Clare Knight; music, Hans Zimmer; production designer, Raymond Zibach; visual effects supervisor, Mark Edwards; head of character animation, Dan Wagner; head of story, Philip Craven; head of layout, Damon O’Beirne; art director, Max Boss; character designer, Nico Marlet; supervising sound editors/sound designers, Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl; re-recording mixers, Paul Massey, D.M. Hemphill; casting, Leslee Feldman, Christi Soper Hilt.

With

Voices: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Kate Hudson, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Jackie Chan.

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