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Just a few weeks before Deadpool opened in theaters, en route to being one of the biggest movies of the year, DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 pulled in some impressive numbers for its late-January debut. The animated sequel earned $41.2 million that weekend, before taking in $142.4 million domestically and $516.5 million worldwide. Earlier this week, this beloved adventure was made available on Digital HD, and to celebrate this release, we have an exclusive interview with Bryan Cranston, one of the new additions to the all-star voice cast.
Bryan Cranston lends his voice to Li, Po's long lost dad (Jack Black) in this animated sequel, with the actor revealing just how committed this team was on Kung Fu Panda 3, in regards to crafting a story everyone in the family can enjoy. He also talks about how animated films can be both intelligent and fun, and how proud he is of the film's storyline, »
Born in South Korea, the star DreamWorks Animation director moved to California when she was 4 years old. Raised by a family of artists, Yuh Nelson and her sisters sketched constantly, telling stories with pictures and holding competitive “draw-offs” around the coffee table. A quick learner, she picked up English — and a lifelong appetite for kung fu — in three months by watching TV, mostly cartoons and action movies.
“I’ve been watching things like ‘Master of the Flying Guillotine’ since I was 5,” says Yuh Nelson, referring to the bloody wuxia classic — not at all suitable for young viewers — in which an assassin roams the countryside decapitating his victims with a boomerang-style blade.
Now, nearly four decades later, Yuh Nelson is the custodian of the most »
- Peter Debruge
Kung Fu Panda 3, 2016.
Third instalment of the animated series, in which Po, the titular panda, finally meets his real father, and also has to do battle with Kai, a supernatural villain who drains the chi from every Kung Fu Master he encounters.
The quality of Dreamworks’ animated films has always varied greatly – from poor (Shark Tale) to great (Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon) with a whole lot of mediocre in between (Bee Movie, Rise of the Guardians, Over the Hedge). Their track record with sequels has been likewise uneven – although they were financially successful, each Shrek was weaker than the last, and I’d personally rather watch the new Ghostbusters trailer on an endless »
- Amie Cranswick
Kung Fu Panda 3 sees Jennifer Yuh Nelson return to the director’s chair after the huge success of the previous films in the franchise. This time, she’s sharing the seat with Alessandro Carloni (whose prior animation department work covers the other Kung Fu Panda movies and both How To Train Your Dragon films).
In the Kung Fu Panda 3, Jack Black reprises the role of Po, who is faced this time around with the three-pronged troubles of becoming a kung fu teacher, meeting his biological father (Li, played by Bryan Cranston) and trying to defeat a powerful villain named Kai (voiced by J K Simmons). From this premise, Yuh Nelson and Carloni have wrangled a really engaging movie which makes you think about »
Having already spoken to the music maestro Hans Zimmer and the leading star himself, Jack Black, for the eagerly anticipated animation Kung Fu Panda 3, we then had the opportunity of meeting the two people who put the whole thing together, in co-directors Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh. Discussing the former’s first deviation into the world
- Stefan Pape
Kung Fu Panda 3, 2016.
Cuddly kung fu fighting panda Po has reached the heights of Dragon Warrior and is responsible for protecting his valley in ancient China. But when his long-lost father Li comes back into his life, the two go on a trek to the secret panda village where Li lives. At the same time, supernatural villain Kai is rampaging across the country, stealing the chi belonging to every kung fu master. His ultimate target is Po, so the panda village is under threat and Po has to summon all his powers to protect it.
Sequels, sequels and yet more sequels. At the latest count, there’s over 160 of them currently in the works, which places a »
- Freda Cooper
Kung Fu Panda 3 review by Paul Heath. Dreamworks Animation assembles the team once again for another big-screen adventure for the lovable Po (Jack Black) and co. in the third film in the lucrative and most awesome Kung Fu Panda series.
The last two films in the Kung Fu Panda series have grossed over $600 million each in worldwide box-office receipts, so a third film was a bit of a no brainer. With Kung Fu Panda 3, the studio are already classing the movie as an all-out success with a whopping $300 million already in the bank, with some big international markets, including the UK, to still to see a release.
In the first film in the series, we saw the high-kicking, plump-panda Po become the famous Dragon Warrior, »
- Paul Heath
We present the first industry report on Korean Cinema for 2016.
In this first month of 2016 more than 16 million persons went to the South Korean cinemas and sales reach over $109 million dollars. Most of the public (54.54%) went to see foreign productions and sales reach $59 million. As far as Korean films they were watched by the 45.46% reaching sales over $49 million. This is the first time in the last four years that the admissions for local movies didn´t pass the 8 million mark. Usually blockbuster movies release during December are accompany with some good release on January, but this year things were different. Despite the continuation of The Himalayas and Inside Men: The Original in cinemas no big release were presented and local films admissions were low. As far as foreign films admissions they stay around the average for month.
Taking into account data from last year we can see that »
- Sebastian Nadilo
Animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 scored a respectable $41m on debut to top the Us box office this weekend, but Oscar-winner Natalie Portman suffered a career-worst opening on the troubled western Jane Got a Gun.
Directed once again by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, this time with Alessandro Carloni, the new Kung Fu Panda film sees the roundhouse-kicking bear meet his birth family for the first time, as well as graduating to become a teacher of martial arts. Strong reviews and a voice cast featuring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan and Seth Rogen once again fuelled the film’s North American success.
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- Ben Child
“Kung Fu Panda 3” grossed an estimated $10.5 million at the box office on Friday, on its way toward a $40 million opening weekend, well ahead of other newcomers “The Finest Hours” and “Fifty Shades of Black.” The third installment in the DreamWorks Animation franchise was tracking somewhere between $45 million to $50 million on a $140 million budget. That’s behind the first two films in the franchise, which opened at $60 million and $47.6 million, respectively. The animated family film, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni and featuring the vocals of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Dustin Hoffman and Bryan »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
This week, Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh's Kung Fu Panda 3 enters cinemas. I'm actually looking forward to seeing it, as the first two turned out to be a lot better than initially anticipated. And though I'm not always a fan of using famous actors for voice-acting (they sometimes do have rather bland voices), the Panda films so far have gotten it right. And among the actors used, there is Dustin Hoffman. These days, that name may no longer be all that much on the A-list, but turn the clock back a few decades and any poster with "Dustin Hoffman" on it might as well have featured the title Oscar Bait: The Movie, the man being a veritable magnet for them with a string of...
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Unsuspecting Panda Gets Hit on the Head: The Franchise returns after 5 years in hibernation to serve up its popular platter of exquisitely crafted visual aesthetics and minimally involving story beats (author’s note: giant pandas do not hibernate). Kung Fu Panda 3 once again follows Po (voiced by Jack Black) on his legendary “Skadooshing” adventures, as he faces down threats to his kingdom, his species and his concept of fatherhood.
Not entirely unlike the recent viral video of Smithsonian’s National Zoo panda, Tian Tian, rolling through the snow, this installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise provides a fleeting but fairly adorable diversion. The film – co-helmed by Oscar-nominated Kung Fu Panda 2 director Jennifer Yuh as well as Kung Fu Panda story artist Alessandro Carloni (his feature debut) – is rich with stylized sequences that heighten the experience from moment to moment when the movie isn’t bogged down by its all too familiar plot. »
- Zachary Shevich
DreamWorks Animation pulled out all the stops for its premiere of “Kung Fu Panda 3,” with Chinese performers and dragons wowing the crowd — which included stars Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Bryan Cranston, J.K. Simmons and Kate Hudson — at the pre-screening party outside the Tcl Chinese Theater on Saturday. There was something for everyone: activity stations for the kids, costumed characters for photo ops, and plenty of Po’s favorite foods, especially noodles.
Dwa’s “noodle dream” for the pic is for auds to love it as much as they loved the first two films, and co-president of feature animation Bonnie Arnold says she doesn’t think they’ll be disappointed. “We were just telling Jack Black that there’s a big ‘wanna see’ on the movie and we feel good about that,” she said. But does this mark the end of the adventures for Dragon Warrior Po and his Furious Five friends? »
- Terry Flores
Maybe it’s just the “Star Wars” overload talking, but in hindsight, it’s hard not to see “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011) as “The Empire Strikes Back” of animated mammals-and-martial-arts epics: Darker and scarier than the 2008 original, it took the winsome tale of a bouncy black-and-white furball, added traumatic layers of backstory, and climaxed with a startling revelation of parental identity. Despite a long-overdue family reunion that at times nudges the story into borderline-Ewok territory, it’s a pleasure to report that “Kung Fu Panda 3” is much more than the mere franchise equivalent of “Return of the Jedi.” Emotionally, dramatically and perhaps most of all visually (it’s worth seeing in 3D), this delightful trilogy capper is almost as generously proportioned as its cuddly warrior hero, restoring a winning lightness of touch to the saga while bringing its long-running themes of perseverance and self-knowledge to satisfying fruition.
The “Star Wars” comparisons, »
- Justin Chang
Boasting a reunion with an absent father figure in Bryan Cranston’s Li and a marauding supernatural villain in J.K. Simmons’ Kai, it’s little wonder why Kung Fu Panda 3 is garnering early buzz for being the biggest (and possibly best) installment in the animation series to date.
Set for a release at the tail-end of January, franchise stalwarts Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh are back at the helm to direct, and the pair recently spoke with Collider about the dedication needed to craft a worthy sequel all the while teasing what lies ahead for Po and his ass-kicking crew of martial arts experts.
We always try to make the very best movie that we’re working on. It’s one at a time. We want to make this a perfect jewel, and then we’ll see what happens after that. Right now, we’re really focused on making this the best film possible. »
- Michael Briers
Ready for the return of Jack Black as Po and his fun-loving band of friends, voiced by Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Kate Hudson?
In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3.
When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas.
Kung Fu Panda 3 hits theaters everywhere on January 29, 2016.
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16 items from 2016
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