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Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

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Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.
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Po (voice)
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Li (voice)
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Shifu (voice)
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Tigress (voice)
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Kai (voice)
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Monkey (voice)
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Mantis (voice)
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Viper (voice)
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Crane (voice)
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Mei Mei (voice)
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Mr. Ping (voice)
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Oogway (voice)
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Bao (voice)
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Lei Lei (voice)
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Big Fun / Hom-Lee (voice)
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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. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Rated PG for martial arts action and some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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29 January 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gong fu xiong mao 3  »

Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,282,042 (USA) (29 January 2016)

Gross:

$143,523,463 (USA) (15 July 2016)
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Trivia

The first "Kung Fu Panda" film to be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, eight years ago since the end of DreamWorks Animation's deal with Paramount Pictures in 2012. See more »

Goofs

Shifu mentions that the dragon scroll prophecy has been around for 500 years, yet Po mention's in the first film that they've been waiting 1000 years for the Dragon scroll to be revealed. And seeing how Po is the biggest Kung fu fan, he shouldn't have been wrong. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Oogway: Inner peace... inner peace.
[a flower petal falls on his nose]
Oogway: Itchy nose...
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Crazy Credits

Instead of the usual Dreamworks SKG opening with the little boy fishing from a crescent moon in the sky, Po climbs a huge staircase, jumps onto the crescent, and fishes from there. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #32.100 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Kung Fu Fighting (Celebration Time)
Written by Carl Douglas
Produced by Al Clay
Performed by Shanghai Roxi Musical Studio Choirs and Metro Voices, London
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Bearable
17 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kung Fu Panda 3 meets the minimum requirements in what fans of the first two films would expect: jokes about weight, Po's still struggling with handling Kung Fu (even though he became the "dragon warrior" at the end of the first film) and questions of how to determine what true family is. Sadly, the film itself lazily meets these expectations without providing much else for its fan base.

We start with an uninteresting villain played by J.K. Simmons. He is an associate of Master Oogway, and that is how he is known (this joke gets really old really fast within the film itself). He manages to escape the spirit realm (this universe's equivalent of the afterlife) and is determined to take over the spirits of kung fu masters because.... well who cares? The film simply establishes he is a bad guy who wants revenge and to have control over the real world - you know, your typical one-dimensional children's movie villain.

Po's father, played by Bryan Cranston, finds him at the start of the film, which is really convenient because pandas are supposed to know about something called "chi" which is what the villain is after. Pandas were known to heal Oogway with this power in the past, and it is of course the only way to stop Simmons' character. This subplot eventually clears up what we did not know about the pandas in this universe, and of course the film goes to great lengths to make comedy out of how lazy pandas turn out to be.

The jokes used in this film are just rehashed jokes from the first two films, not providing great comedy as its predecessors since it proves to be unoriginal. Kung Fu Panda 3 is still enjoyable, but its strength lies on the theme of questionable identity posed by the two competing fathers of the film: Mr. Ping and Li. This is only touched on a few times throughout the film, but when it is touched on it brings up interesting questions about whether Po would need nature or nurture: that is, does he need his biological father or the one who raised him. These moments are the only ones of great intrigue within the film.

There is also a return to a cop-out fighting technique from the first film that makes the conflict of the story less difficult for Po to get through. While the film has the same spirit of its predecessors, Kung Fu Panda 3 is not a very fun film, but it is not terrible.

2.5/4.0


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