I’m not the biggest fan of Dreamworks animated flicks. Too often, they rely on star power and neglect the fact that CGI animated flicks are meant to tell more impressive tales for all ages. But lately, the studio seems to be finding their stride, especially now that I don’t have to see those f***ing Shrek sequels touted every year. How To Train Your Dragon is a great example of this, while Kung-Fu Panda was a fantastic example of hiring A-list talent and not letting that casting overshadow the core film.
In fact, I adore Kung-Fu Panda. It works on so many levels, with the first film being bodacious and the second being tenacious, thanks to Jack Black’s voicing of Po the Panda. There’s a lot of heart in those films, which make them winners.
Kung-Fu Panda 3 arrives next year January, and it’s increasing on the Panda population. Po gets reunited with his family, as Jack Black explained to USA Today:
“There is great joy. Lo and behold, there’s a secret panda village. There’s intense rejoicing as I am reunited with my people. There are even cute baby pandas. Those guys are going to be the life of the party, for sure.”
Bryan Cranston voices Po’s father Li, with Rebel Wilson joining the cast as Mei Mei. Best of all, James Hong returns as Po’s adoptive father, the duck Mr. Ping. Can’t wait to see how that showdown turns out.
Angelina Jolie also returns as Tigress, alongside Jackie Chan as Monkey, Seth Rogen as Mantis, David Cross as Crane and Lucy Liu as Viper, with Dustin Hoffman reprising his role as Warrior trainer Master Shifu. Again, great actors, in roles that don’t overshadow the movie. And I can’t freakin’ wait for it.
Last Updated: June 11, 2015