More Kung Fu Panda? Skadoosh
Has it really been almost 5 years since Kung Fu Panda 2 was released? And with a cliffhanger ending? While Dreamworks Animation has been running Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness on TV they haven’t down much to advance the actual story. Kung Fu Panda 3 decides its going to complete the Dragon Warrior chronicles and teach you about family in the process.
Po (Jack Black) as well as the rest of the members of the Jade Palace all return. Shifu has decided to take the path of enlightenment and learn chi much like Master Oogway had. Leaving Po in charge to lead the team has its expected results. Little does Poe know his birth father Li (Bryan Cranston) is traveling to find him. As with each film there is a primary villain Kai (J.K. Simmons) who resides in the spirit world along with Oogway. He’s out to destroy everything Oogway created once he can escape to the mortal world.
A large part of Kung Fu Panda 3 only features Poe and Tigress (Angelina Jolie) as they are in the Panda village. Even for a children’s film its a movie about personal growth and finding out what makes you, you. It still was entertaining enough that I wasn’t bored as a parent and based on the noises from the kids in the audience they were equally invested. The film is rather tame it will not try to ruin you the way How to Train Your Dragon 2 does with parental turmoil. No real parental warnings to worry about.
If you are a fan of the previous films or at least enjoy the cartoon you will be able to follow along easily. There is little to no setup with only Poe prior to ending up in the noodle shop and Oogway’s past being explored. Regardless its a worthwhile way to spend an afternoon with the family. #D is actually pretty good but you’ll live with out it. Kung Fu Panda 3 also stars David Cross, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Hudson, James Hong, Lucy Liu and Jackie Chan.
Directors: Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh
Runtime: 95 minutes