Monday, 17 October 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 Review

Kung Fu Panda 3

Release Date: 24th March 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
DreamWorks Animation
China Film Co., Ltd
Zhong Ming You Ying Film
Oriental Dreamworks

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 95 minutes

Budget: $145,000,000

Box Office Gross: $519,881,355

Plot Summary
Continuing his "legendary 
adventures of awesomeness" 
Po must face two hugely 
epic, but different threats: 
one supernatural and the 
other a little closer to home.

Voice Cast
Jack Panda - Po
J.K. Simmons - Kai
Bryan Cranston - Li
Dustin Hoffman - Master Shifu
Angelina Jolie - Tigress
Seth Rogen - Mantis
Lucy Liu - Viper
David Cross - Crane
Jackie Chan - Monkey
James Hong - Mr. Ping
Jean-Claude Van Damme -
Master Croc
Randall Duk Kim - Master Oogway
Kate Hudson - Mei Mei
Steele Gagnon - Bao
Liam Knight - Lei Lei
Wayne Knight - Big Fun/Hom-Lee
Barbara Dirickson - Grandma
Al Roker - Sum
Willie Geist - Dim
Fred Tatasciore - Master Bear
Pax Jolie-Pitt - Yoo
Stephen Kearin - Master Chicken

Directors - Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
Writers/Co-Producers - Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger
Additional Screenplay Material - Harry Cripps
Executive Producers -
Guillermo del Toro, Li Ruigang,
Mike Mitchell and La Peikang
Producer - Melissa Cobb
Co-Producer - Jeff Hermann
Kung Fu Choreographer - Rodolphe Guenoden
Production Designer - Raymond Zibach
Character Designer - Nico Marlet
Head of Story - Philip Craven
Head of Character Animation - Dan Wagner
Head of Layout - Damon O'Beirne
Visual Effects Supervisor - Mark Edwards
Film Editor - Clare De Chenu
Kung Fu Panda Themes/Music - Hans Zimmer
Kung Fu Panda Themes - John Powell

The pandemonium returns in KUNG FU PANDA 3. This third and recent installment has been one of the few hit sequels from DreamWorks, after the company's fortunes were in decline and poisoned the animation studio's reputation. Despite living up to the expectations from those who have seen the previous features, it faced stiff competition from Disney's ZOOTOPIA (click here). KUNG FU PANDA 3 continues the story where it left off from the previous instalment and returns to a lighter tone that started the first movie. 

However, Po's characterisation is starting repeat itself after the first two movies showcased his growth. A potentially interesting villain couldn't live up to Tai Lung or even Lord Shen because of his low motivations which I find it to be a bit disappointing. Jack Black returns as the lovable and fun-loving hero and is joined by the on-screen vocal presences of J.K. Simmons, Kate Hudson and Bryan Cranston who voices Po's long-lost dad and is having a blast with the comical role equal to Jack Black's lead in the film.

It isn't enough for KUNG FU PANDA 3 to be as rotund and fat as its predecessors. It's an exceptional fun-filled action-animated romp for kids and adults alike who will be deeply amazed by the straightforward ingenious animation planted through this non-stop hit sequel. 

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

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