Kung Fu Panda 3 enlists the original characters from the past hit films, with all Furious Five kung fu warriors returning: Angelina Jolie as Tigress, Jackie Chan as Monkey,Seth Rogen as Mantis, David Cross as Crane and Lucy Liu as Viper. Warrior trainer Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) returns as well.
For two Kung Fu Panda animated movies, portly Po has believed all his bear kin were in panda heaven. That he was the lone survivor.
But Kung Fu Panda 3 proves Po wrong. The new film (opening Jan. 29, 2016) is Panda-palooza.
“There is great joy,” says Jack Black, the voice of Po. “Lo and behold, there’s a secret panda village. There’s intense rejoicing as I am reunited with my people.”
Po has a chance run-in with his long-lost panda father Li (Bryan Cranston), who brings Po back to an enclave where the pandas have been living since a fierce panda attack alluded to in DreamWorks Animation’s 2011 hit Kung Fu Panda 2.
“There are even cute baby pandas,” says Black. “Those guys are going to be the life of the party, for sure.”