The third movie in the series follows everyone’s favorite Kung Fu fighting panda Po (Jack Black), as he is reunited with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston). The two pandas will not have a Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader type relationship, thankfully, as this father and son combo will be going on a journey together to a secret panda paradise. However, problems arise when a new villain named Kai (J.K. Simmons) sweeps across China to destroy all the kung fu masters. In order to defeat Kai, Po must train the pandas in the village to create an army of Kung Fu pandas.
The series’ superstar voice talent remains in tact, as Jack Black returns to voice Po in the film. He will, of course, be joined by Dustin Hoffman (Shifu), Jackie Chan (Monkey), Seth Rogen (Mantis), Lucy Liu (Viper), David Cross (Crane), and in what may hint at a possible dream sequence, Randall Duk Kim (Oogway). And although this is the third in the series, Kung Fu Panda continues to draw big names with the aforementioned Cranston and recent Academy Award-winner Simmons as new actors joining in on all the kung fu action.
At the end of Kung Fu Panda 2, we were served a glimpse of this secret panda paradise where Li, Po’s father, lives. Told in flashbacks, audiences learn that the two were separated after a group of wolves attacked their village. While fighting off the wolves, Li told Po and his mother to run and escape the village. Both Po and his father thought the other one was dead, until the end of the second film. While their background begins on a sad note, their the first trailer suggests a relationship filled with hilarity and lots of eating.
With more pandas, a long-lost father, and a new villain, Kung Fu Panda 3 is raising the stakes, so expect everyone to be kung fu fighting.
Kung Fu Panda 3 opens in theaters on January 29, 2016.
Source: DreamWorks Animation