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!
Despite low expectations going in, I rather enjoyed this.
Visually impressive with an excellent voice cast (including new additions Bryan Cranston as Po's dad and JK Simmons as bad guy Kai) and an engaging story.
It certainly doesn't offer anything particularly new in terms of content, happy to give fans of the franchise the same kind of things they've enjoyed
already and not much more, but it's fun while it lasts and doesn't outstay its welcome.
Though Po's interactions with his new panda family add extra reserves of likeable humour it also increases the more obvious gags involving fat characters
doing Kung Fu.
Also it's overly simplistic 'just be yourself' message lacks the depth and complexity that Pixar can bring to this kind of film.
As an example of keeping the attentions of the young and the young at heart however it's undeniably successful and not quite the cynical, money-grabbing
exercise it could have been.
Kung Fu Panda 3 (3D) (PG)
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen,
Lucy Liu, David Cross, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, J.K. Simmons
UK Release: Friday 11th March 2016