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|“||The Weight Is Over.||”|
|—Official tagline 1|
Kung Fu Panda 3 is the upcoming third film in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. It is being produced by DreamWorks Animation and Oriental DreamWorks, and will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is being directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, with serving as co-director. It is written by , produced by , and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro. Starring in the film are the franchise's original cast members, as well as three new cast members: Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, and J.K. Simmons.
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.
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!
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 reali[z]es 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 Mikkelsen), who is able to steal the powers of every Kung Fu Master he defeats—and his sights are set on Po.
In the Chinese trailer of the film, various sequences were shown. These included scenes of Po where he resembles his dream self, and a scene where he is traveling in a boat with Oogway presumably talking to him. The villain Kai was also featured, wielding several weapons and walking amongst strange statues with glowing green eyes.Shifu and the Furious Five also appeared consulting a scroll, and in another scene were shown fighting statue-like warriors on the rooftops of a village. Crane and Mantis appeared to have jade statues made in their likeness. Additionally, Shifu was seen witnessing Kai hurl a statue of Oogway into the Jade Palace with a set of chains.
Po was also shown in the noodle shop discovering another panda. The panda introduces himself as Li Shan and reveals that he's looking for his son, to which everyone but Po gasps. Po remarks that he lost his father, and Li sympathetically says he's sorry. Eventually, they wish each other luck in finding their lost father and son and depart, while the crowd watching sighs at their failure to grasp the obvious.
In the second teaser, Li was shown gasping and crawling up the stairs of the Jade Palace, at the top of which stood Po. Li says "I am your father", and, in exhaustion, adds, "What's with all the stairs?" Mr. Ping then suddenly appears from behind the startled Po, questioning who this panda is and commenting that his breathing is "creepy".
In the second Chinese trailer, Shifu was seen in front of a giant statue of Oogway. He was then shown leading Po and the Five into the Training Hall, having the inside grandly lit with torches. Po was also shown meeting Li, the two talking excitedly and playfully bouncing their bellies off each other, while observed by a sour-looking Mr. Ping.
In a room full of scrolls, Po finds one which has an illustration of a group of pandas. Po and Li leave the Jade Palace and are seen traveling across many landscapes. They are also seen entering the Hall of Warriors, Po donning the armor of a dolphin, and Li the armor of Flying Rhino. Po shoots a dart from his armor's head at Li's chest plate, and Li appears dazed.
Po was seen excitedly catching dumplings in his mouth and sweeping past cheering villagers. He was also seen in the Panda Village, standing in awe. The statue-like warriors were fighting Shifu and the Five, one of them snarling, and Po and Monkey conversed during the battle, seeming alert and high-spirited about something before Monkey is pulled away.Confronting Kai, Po appears to make light of his comebacks, which seems to annoy Kai. Mei Mei was briefly seen ribbon-dancing. Shifu appears to be speaking solemnly to Po in the Training Hall, pointing forward with his staff before quickly retreating. Po talks eagerly to the Five, but has apparently missed something, as the Five slap their foreheads and shake their heads at him.
These characters have been confirmed for the film's voice cast:
- Jack Black as Po, a giant panda and the film's main protagonist
- Dustin Hoffman as Shifu, a red panda and mentor to Po
- Randall Duk Kim as Oogway, a Galápagos tortoise and Shifu's old mentor
- Angelina Jolie as Tigress, a member of the Furious Five
- Lucy Liu as Viper, a member of the Furious Five
- Jackie Chan as Monkey, a member of the Furious Five
- David Cross as Crane, a member of the Furious Five
- Seth Rogen as Mantis, a member of the Furious Five
- James Hong as Mr. Ping, a goose and Po's adoptive father
- Bryan Cranston as Li Shan, a giant panda and Po's biological father
- Kate Hudson as Mei Mei, a ribbon-dancing female panda who lives in the secret panda village
-  as Bao, a young panda who lives in the secret panda village
- TBA as Lei Lei, a young panda who lives in the secret panda village
- TBA as Grandma, an elderly panda who lives in the secret panda village
- J.K. Simmons as Kai, a supernatural villain and a former friend of Shifu who will serve as the film's main antagonist
|“||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.||”|
|—Former DreamWorks Animation Bill Damaschke|
On April 26, 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." 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 convention 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."
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." Approximately one-third of the film is being produced at ODW, and the remainder at the main DreamWorks Animation headquarters in Glendale, California.
On November 12, 2012, executive 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.
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 release date of December 23, 2015. In addition, some of the film's plot elements were also revealed.
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.
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." 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."
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."
On May 21, 2014, DreamWorks Animation 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."
On February 24, 2015, it was reported that 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.had joined
On April 14, 2015, it was announced that the film will be moved up two months from its original release date of March 18, 2016, to its new and current release date on January 29, 2016.
During the 2015 Beijing International Film Festival, Nelson and Katzenberg made separate appearances at their two respective panels. During Nelson's panel, she discussed how Kung Fu Panda 3 has gained a greater level of authenticity thanks to their co-production with Oriental DreamWorks. "The weight of accuracy had been difficult for us. Previously [we] had to do things through research and extrapolate. Now we have Chinese people as creators. We have some 200 artists working with us currently. They are not just executing, they are designers." She also revealed that the film will be fully animated to be lip-synched in two versions: one for Chinese, and one for English. During Katzenberg's panel, he revealed that the film has reached a new degree of detail thanks to the latest animating technology. It will currently take "over 60 million hours of rendering, a figure that compares with 20 million for the first film and 50 million for the second."
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On June 10, 2015, USA Today released the first three official images from the film: a picture of Po with the pandas from the secret panda village, a picture of Po with his biological father Li, and a picture of new character Mei Mei ribbon dancing. In addition, the article shared some behind-the-scenes comments from cast and crew members. The next day, on June 11, DreamWorks Animation announced via social media that the first film teaser trailer will be released in one week, on June 18. However, on June 13, Oriental DreamWorks held a press conference in China for the film where they screened the Chinese teaser trailer, which then leaked onto the Internet. On June 18, DreamWorks Animation released the English teaser trailer on their .
On July 27, 2015, Entertainment Weekly released the film's first set of concept art, revealing various scenes of the secret panda village. They also interviewed a few of the filmmakers (directors Jennifer Yuh Nelson and , and production designer ), where they shared some behind-the-scenes information on designing the village.
On August 23, 2015, DreamWorks released the film's first television spot, which features a short clip of Li talking to Po in the style of Star Wars character Darth Vader. He also uses the character's most famous quote: "I am your father."
On October 23, 2015, Carloni presented a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the film at the VIEW Conference in Italy. The keynote address included character storyboards, commentary on the film's new characters, three clips featuring different scenes from the film, and a short Q&A.
On November 3, 2015, DreamWorks released the film's second international trailer that features more of its new characters and locations. Two days later, on November 5, DreamWorks released the film's second international teaser poster, featuring more of the film's new characters in the panda village.
On November 4–6, 2015, Po's voice actor Jack Black was flown to China to promote the film. He was brought to various promotional events in Beijing and Shanghai, of which included the following: visiting the Forbidden City, meeting members of the film's Chinese voice cast (his character's voice counterpart Huang Lei, the Chopstick Brothers who voice Crane and Mantis, and Jay Chou who voices Monkey), doing interviews and large press events, eating and making authentic Chinese cuisine, and attending public meet-and-greets. DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg and film director Jennifer Yuh Nelson also attended some of these events.
On November 22, 2015, CTN Animation Expo featured the film's directors (Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni), head-of-story Phil Craven, and art book author . A panel for the film featured sneak peek looks at the film and commentary from the filmmakers, and later a book signing was held for the film's art book.
Kung Fu Panda 3 was originally scheduled to release worldwide on March 18, 2016. The date was later confirmed for an earlier release date of December 23, 2015. However, to avoid direct competition with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the film was later announced to be moving back to its original March release date. The film then made another release date change by moving up two months to its current release date of January 29, 2016.
The film will simultaneously release in January in North America and China, whereas many other countries and territories will have a March release date. The film will open in the United Kingdom and Ireland on March 11, and in Australia on March 24.
- Main article: Kung Fu Panda 3 (soundtrack)
The film soundtrack is scored by Hans Zimmer and features performances from renowned Asian musicians, with the most notable being Taiwanese pop singer Jay Chou, who will sing the film theme song.
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A short film created by DreamWorks Animation will introduce the film's new characters.
- Kung Fu Panda 3 is the first major Hollywood animated feature film to be co-produced with a Chinese firm.
- Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson were originally two of the film's new cast members as The Collector and Mei Mei respectively. However, they both had to drop their roles due to a character rewrite (Mikkelsen) and an extended production schedule (Wilson).
Behind the scenes
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- “The Weight Is Over.”
- —Official tagline 1
- “Grab Destiny By The Dumplings.”
- —Official tagline 2
- Po: “Who are you?”
- Li: “I'm Li Shan. I'm looking for my son.”
- [ Mr. Ping and a crowd of customers gasp.]
- Po: “You lost your son?”
- Li: “Yes. Many years ago.”
- Po: “I lost my father.”
- Li: “I'm very sorry.”
- Po: “Thank you.”
- [There's a long silence as the crowd looks from one to the other in anticipation.]
- Li: “Well... good luck to you.”
- Po: “You too. I hope you find your son.”
- Li: “And I hope you find your father.”
- [The two quietly depart while the crowd sighs in disbelief.]
- —From the first teaser trailer