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
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This is the first time that any major American animated feature film has been co-produced with a Chinese firm. See more »
Mr. Ping mentioned that he raised Po for 20 years before he told Po he was adopted. However, according to director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Po is in his 20s and according to Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll Po was a teenager 10 years ago. However, in Kung Fu Panda 2 Shen waited 30 years to rule over Gongmen City alongside his cannon, probably since then he started to use fireworks as a weapon and it's not even mentioned or shown that Shen began to use fireworks as a weapon years before or it was less than 30 years years ago he attacked the panda village and was exiled, although Shifu mentioned Po found inner peace at such a young age. See more »
Inner peace... inner peace.
[a flower petal falls on his nose]
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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 »
The FX print begins with the 2013 Universal Pictures logo plastered over the 2010 20th Century Fox logo. See more »
Not as good as the previous movies but still solid
There are two main things that happen in this film. One is the return of Po's father. The other is the bull-like creature, Kai, swinging his luminous daggers around and stealing people's chi. In terms of storyline it's simple, but all over the place at the same time. Kai is on his way to steal the chi of Po and the others to become even more powerful than he already is. After Po is reunited with his father, it is made clear to him that that only a chi master can defeat Kai; so Po must journey to the secret panda village in order to master chi before Kai comes to get him. It turns out Pandas were historically chi masters Eventually Kai finds where Po is and there's a battle.
The reunion and father-son bonding scenes in the temple were actually quite nice (as was the jealousy of Po's stepfather, Mr Ping) and I wish there were more scenes like that because for the most part I found myself bored. One of the key draws for these films is that they're funny.
In terms of the new characters I kinda liked Kai, and actually possibly even wanted him to win, which is really bad. Some of the pandas in the secret village were good. When Po is talking to them he says things like 'you look like me, but a baby; you look like me but old; you look like me, but fatter' and so on, was funny. There was a glaring error at one point. When the village is under attack from Kai, Tigress runs to the secret panda village to get Po. But how did she find the panda village so easily? It was meant to be secret! Overall, It wasn't an awful movie, but it was not on par with the first two instalment.
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