Every one of us die hard Kung Fu Panda fans can collectively give a sigh of relief as the trailer for the third film is here!!
Fans will finally get to lay their eyes on Po’s REAL father! I know, I know…his likeness to his adopted father gave us some hope that there’d still be a blood relation. But now the mystery is going to be solved. Pandoras box is open!
The official plot synopsis tells us what we’re in store for. It reads:
“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!”
The adorable Jack Black is back again, of course, as the funny, squishy character – Po. He’s ready for anything and is surrounded by all the familiar characters we’ve grown to love: the wise old Master Shifu ( Dustin Hoffman), Po’s lovable adopted father Mr. Ping (James Hong), and the rest of the Furious Six (Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, and David Cross).
There are also going to be some new voices! The Breaking Bad actor, Bryan Cranston, will be voicing Po’s biological father and the Whiplash antihero, J.K. Simmons, will once again make his movie presence known as the evil spirit Kai.
My favorite character from the Kung Fu Panda franchise is Shifu’s mentor, Grand Master Oogway. The tortoise, played by Randall Duk Kim, is set to make another appearance from beyond the grave.
Jennifer Shuh directed Kung Fu Panda 2 and has returned to direct the third film alongside co-director Alessandro Carloni. Also behind the scenes we have screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger as well as composer/music producer Hans Zimmer.
It was June 2008 when the first film was released. It grossed $631.7 million worldwide. The second film was released May 2011 and made $665.7 million! The third film will be released March 2016 and looks like it could continue the upward trend.
I can’t wait for some more “Kablooey” action!
Fox Family Entertainment UK “Kung Fu Panda 3 – Official HD Teaser Trailer – 2015” Youtube. 18 June 2015. Web. 18 June 2015.