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We have to admit from the jump that the third installment of Kung Fu Panda 3 was a pure delight. This is definitely the MUST SEE movie to take the family. Kung Fu Panda 3 is just as good, if not better than its previous films since the character of Po continues to grow and learn more life lesson. Much of Panda 3 is the combined efforts of direction Jennifer Yuh Nelson (who helmed “Kung Fu Panda 2”) and Alessandro Carloni.
What is so great about Kung Fu Panda 3 is that it’s a completely new adventure that keeps from falling into the obvious clichés and pitfalls that most sequels tend to do. Nelson, who is a graduate of the University of Long Beach, California demonstrates that she knows what it takes to make a film great. It is her combined genius with Alessandro Carloni who added to the movie and made it a standalone film of its own.
We can’t say enough great things about this A+ animated film from 20th Century Fox, because Kung Fu Panda 3 is educational, enlightening, and enchanting. The movie teaches about family, morals, and learning how to find one’s self and how to better oneself by pushing the envelope and doing something that might be scary.
How did Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni accomplish this goal?
This time Po is forced to become the teacher, something he cannot see, but the wise old tortoise Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) can.
After Oogway he’s attacked by his ancient frenemy, Kai (J.K. Simmons), a blade-wielding yak, Po is forced to step up and learn the next step of a true master which is the art of chi.
Kung Fu Panda 3 centers around the eternal Spirit Realm which was last seen in the first “Kung Fu Panda,” when Master Oogway vanished into a vortex of flower petals. In three, Oogway is defeated by Kai gets his well-earned rest by Kai. He stores each of the warrior’s chi in jade amulets which he uses to raise a powerful supernatural army. Once he defeats Oogway, Kai harnesses enough power to escape back into the mortal world, where he becomes determined to hunt down the one fated to overthrow him: Po, the Dragon Warrior. That is not all, Kai is after the Pandas who put him in the Spirit Realm, Po’s father and family who taught Oogway and Kai the artistry of chi.
Panda 3 pulls you in and keeps audiences engrossed in the ever building storyline. The film is filled with many heartwarming and comical storylines to complete the overall effect of Panda 3 as Po’s adoptive father, the noodle-peddling goose Mr. Ping (James Hong) is threatened when Po’s long-lost biological dad, Li (Bryan Cranston) walks into his life. The two dads have a tug of war since Ping is having a power struggle with Po’s biological dad.
Meanwhile, Po’s faithful friends Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and the Furious Five — aka Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu) and Crane (David Cross) — stay behind to hold down the fort against but each of Po’s Five fall fate to Kai’s master plan.
On the flip side, Kung Fu Panda 3 introduces one of the best characters like the aggressively amorous, ribbon-dancing panda named Mei Mei (Kate Hudson, voicing a role once intended for Rebel Wilson), though the character is played mainly for laughs. Finally, the relationship between Po and Tigress gets defined when Jolie’s Tigress refers to Po as “a friend.”
The film works and is going to be one tough contender this weekend. We think that the reason behind the “Kung Fu Panda” series is due to its refusal to take itself or its internal contradictions too seriously.
How he learns to reconcile these different aspects of his personality, including the identity crisis brought on by his split parentage, becomes the rich thematic core of Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger’s screenplay.
The setting of Panda 3 is beautiful. Yuh Nelson and Carloni bring a flowing, tactile beauty to the new movie’s landscapes, which include the pandas’ secluded mountain village and a large farm where Kai stages one of his many dramatic entrances. The film is visually stunning in 3D and we have to admit that a lot of the film’s direction was so thought out it comes off natural and effortless, but like we said, the credit of the films fluidness is to the tireless efforts of Yuh Nelson and Carloni genius. Both directors know what it takes to make a movie work when telling a story. Their vision to capture the essence of the films many emotion and dramatic scenes are credited to the directors, the many artists and all the creative minds that contributed to Kung Fu Panda 3.
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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.
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.
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.