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Kung Fu Panda 3

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Kung Fu Panda 3

Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh (2016)

94min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The latest chapter in the affable animation saga is as antic and fleet of foot as ever, with the tonal mix of life-lessons, energetic action, sharp repartee and zany humour right on the money. But too many favourite characters are sidelined and past themes reproduced (discovering the potential within, the meaning of family) in the reheated narrative that pitts the panda Po (voiced by Jack Black) against a supernatural warrior (JK Simmons) collecting the chi energy of China's greatest martial artists to extend his powers. All this happens alongside the emotional backdrop of Po's long-lost biological father (Bryan Cranston) taking him to the Shangri-la style village of his youth. Beginning in the surreal Spirit Realm, through fluid graphics recalling manga comics and Asian paintings, through battles with the splendidly realised "jombies" (jade zombies) and finally ending in homage to Seven Samurai, the inventive visual side is stirring, dazzling and vibrant, an exemplar of creative grandeur and finesse.

Summary

The clumsy hero is reunited with his long-lost father, whose help he will need when a supernatural foe threatens all of China. Father and son travel to a secret village populated by other pandas, and must train them in martial arts so they can defend their home. Animated comedy sequel, with the voices of Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman.

Cast & Crew

Po Jack Black
Tigress Angelina Jolie
Shifu Dustin Hoffman
Kai J K Simmons
Viper Lucy Liu
Monkey Jackie Chan
Mantis Seth Rogen
Crane David Cross (2)
Li Bryan Cranston
Mei Mei Kate Hudson
Mr Ping James Hong
Director Alessandro Carloni
Director Jennifer Yuh
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 11 Mar 2016

Comedy Childrens Drama

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