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Kung Fu Panda 3

Kung Fu Panda 3 is the upcoming third film in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. It is being developed in China as a co-production between DreamWorks Animation and its Chinese partners at Oriental DreamWorks.[8] It will be distributed by 20th Century Fox and have returning filmmakers Jennifer Yuh Nelson as the director, Melissa Cobb and Guillermo del Toro as producers, and Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger as its writers.[1] Also returning are the franchise's original cast members, as well as three additional new cast members: Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen, Rebel Wilson[3], and J. K. Simmons.[9]

The film is currently scheduled to be released on March 18, 2016.[6][7]

Plot synopsis

The film ... follows Po, the chosen one, as he continues on his journey mastering the art of kung fu... and noodle slurping. Continuing on his now legendary adventures of awesomeness, Po must face two hugely epic, but very different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home.[3]

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Po continues his now legendary adventures of awesomeness and must face two hugely epic, but very different threats. Po has saved the world countless times, but none of that [h]as prepared him for his greatest challenge yet—pleasing 2 fathers.

Po reunites with his biological father (Bryan Cranston) and returns to his birthplace, yet soon realizes he doesn't fit in. There he meets the overly eager Mei Mei (Rebel Wilson), who has been promised in an arranged marriage to Po. Po must also battle an evil spirit called The Collector (Mads Mikkelson), who is able to steal the powers of every Kung Fu Master he meets—and his sights are set on Po. [10]

Voice cast


The main cast; from left to right: Mantis, Monkey, Tigress, Po, Crane, Viper, and Shifu.



Having the wonderful Jennifer Yuh Nelson return as director is incredibly exciting for the studio. Under her guidance I have no doubt that our returning cast and our outstanding new voice talent will take the franchise's story to the next level.
  DreamWorks Animation CCO Bill Damaschke[3]  

In April 2012, Jack Black first spoke to the press about the possible development of another Kung Fu Panda sequel: "I think they're writing it, writing hard as we speak," he shared. "I'd love to [return]. Yeah, it's a blast."[11] The sequel was then officially confirmed on July 12, 2012 at the San Diego Comic-Con by Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer and co-president of production at DreamWorks Animation. A fan at the Comic-Con had asked him about the tease right before the credits in Kung Fu Panda 2, and if it might possibly lead to a sequel. Damaschke paused and then answered, "Yes, there will be a Kung Fu Panda 3."[12]

The film is being majorly produced and distributed by DreamWorks' new Shanghai-based company called Oriental DreamWorks (ODW). According to Li Huaiyu, chief investment officer of China Media Capital (one of the founders of Oriental DreamWorks), Kung Fu Panda 3 "has been given priority on the agenda of ODW, which is set to begin operations later this year." Li also shared that "it's likely for ODW to participate in the distribution of Kung Fu Panda 3."[13] Approximately one-third of the film is being produced at ODW, and the remainder at the main DreamWorks Animation headquarters in Glendale, California.[14]

On November 12, 2012, producer Guillermo del Toro commented on the film's development:

We basically talked about where we would go in the third one in the second one. We really finished [Kung Fu Panda 2] with the real father of Po saying 'My son is alive,' so that allows us to continue that arc of Po as a character. All I can say is the bad guy in the third one is possibly the most formidable villain in the series. ... We finished an outline, we presented a character design, we presented a couple of sequences in storyboard, and we're very hard at work on a screenplay.[15]

On April 9, 2013, DreamWorks announced the addition of three new cast members (Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rebel Wilson), as well as the film's new slated release date of December 23, 2015. In addition, some of the film's plot elements were also revealed.[3]

On June 17, 2013, one of the film's Shanghai-based partners (Peter Li) announced and confirmed that production on the film would officially commence in August.[16]

On July 10, 2013, del Toro shared a brief update on the film in an interview, mentioning that it's "going great. [It's] very different from the second one. We came up with a really good idea [for a character]. It sort of links with the ending of the second one."[17] Two days later, on July 12, ODW vice president Shuai Min disclosed another brief update. "The script has been finished and production will soon start. What the work demonstrates is not just 'Chinese elements,' but profound Chinese culture and rich local flavor."[18]


In October 2013, the film's production team spent a week in Shanghai with their production partners at Oriental DreamWorks. While there, they were treated to some authentic Chinese experiences by the ODW team to help them incorporate ideas for the film; these included "a tea ceremony, incense ceremony, high kicking Kung Fu action, as well as wedding ceremonies from the Tang, Song, and Qing dynasties."[19]

In May 2014, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg spoke to the press briefly about the film. Addressing the comedic value of his company's films, he stated that "'Kung Fu Panda 3' ... is actually more broadly comedic. It's actually closer to the first movie than the second movie; the second was dealing with Po's past and had dark elements to it."[20]

In December 2014, it was announced that the film will move back to its original release date of March 18, 2016.[6][7]

In February 2015, it was reported that Alessandro Carloni had joined Jennifer Yuh Nelson as a co-director. According to the report, Carloni (an animation supervisor on the first film and a story artist on the second) joined Yuh following her request to strengthen "the director's bench" to ensure that the film is completed in a timely manner.[2]

On March 8, 2015, a movie reviewer reported seeing a "prologue" teaser of the film at a screening of Home.[21] Film Divider Magazine later tweeted a picture containing the name of the teaser and its duration, and confirmed that it will be showing during the previews for Home.[22]


On July 25, 2014, it was announced that Hans Zimmer would return to score the film.[4]


  • Kung Fu Panda 3 is the first major Hol­ly­wood ani­mated fea­ture film to be co-produced with a Chi­nese firm.[8]
  • The film was previously confirmed for an earlier release date of December 23, 2015.[3] However, to avoid competition with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the film was moved back to its original[5] and current release date in March 2016.[6][7]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 - "KUNG FU PANDA 3 ... Among DreamWorks Animation's 2013–2016 Releases" by Michelle McCue
  2. 2.0 2.1 Deadline Hollywood - "'Kung Fu Panda 3' Gets Co-Director As DWA Looks To Shore Up Franchises" by Dominic Patten
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 DreamWorks Animation Investor Relations - "DreamWorks Animation Packs A Powerful Punch With New Cast Additions For Kung Fu Panda 3"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Film Music Reporter - "Hans Zimmer to Return for 'Kung Fu Panda 3'"
  5. 5.0 5.1 DreamWorks Animation Investor Relations - "New Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Unveils DreamWorks Animation's Release Slate Through 2016"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 The Hollywood Reporter - "'Kung Fu Panda 3' Moves Out of 2015 to Avoid 'Star Wars'" by Pamela McClintock
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 - "DreamWorks Animation Moves 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Out of 2015, Away from 'Star Wars'" by Marc Graser
  8. 8.0 8.1 - "Rising Dreams in the Orient: Oriental DreamWorks To Establish Headquarters in Xuhui"
  9. 9.0 9.1 - "Kung Fu Panda 3 recording with Mr. Whiplash himself..." by Phil Craven
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Toy World Magazine (January 2015) - "Living the Dream" (p. 65) by Nick Cooke (DreamWorks Animation UK Hardlines Director)
  11. - "Jack Black Talks 'Kung Fu Panda 3': 'I'd Love To' Return"
  12. - "Comic-Con: DreamWorks Animation Panel ... Confirms KUNG FU PANDA 3" by Brendan Bettinger
  13. (English) - "Welcome home, Kung Fu Panda" by Xinhua
  14. - "DreamWorks Animation SKG Management Discusses Q3 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript"
  15. - "Guillermo del Toro Talks PUSS IN BOOTS 2, KUNG FU PANDA 3 & TROLLHUNTERS..." by Adam Chitwood
  16. The Hollywood Reporter - "'Kung Fu Panda 3' to Begin Production in August" by Clarence Tsui
  17. - "Guillermo del Toro Gives Updates ..." by Adam Chitwood
  18. - "Oriental DreamWorks to build indoor theme park" by Xinhua
  19. - "Jennifer Yu(h)-Nelson, Director of 'Kung Fu Panda 3' and Her Team"
  20. - "Jeffrey Katzenberg on 'Dragon' sequels and how Marvel is DreamWorks' new competition" by Gregory Ellwood
  21. - "Yesterday I went to a screening of DreamWorks’ Home ... (and) they showed a ... prologue for Kung Fu Panda 3." by Rendy Jones
  22. - "New, 3D Kung Fu Panda 3 short film prologue called Panda Paws will play in cinemas with Home. ..." by Film Divider

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