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The Weight Is Over.
  —Official tagline 1  

Kung Fu Panda 3 is the third film in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. It is produced by DreamWorks Animation and Oriental DreamWorks,[14] and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni,[2] written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, produced by Melissa Cobb, and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro[1] and others.[3] It stars the franchise's original cast members, as well as three new ones: Bryan Cranston,[4] Kate Hudson,[5] and J.K. Simmons.[6]

The film was released on January 29, 2016 in North America and China,[10] March 11 in the United Kingdom and Ireland,[11] and March 24 in Australia.[12]



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.[4]

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![7]


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In the Spirit Realm, Master Oogway is meditating peacefully when he is attacked by a Spirit Warrior: a Yak named Kai who fought against Oogway five hundred years previously. The two battle, and Oogway learns that Kai has increased his strength by stealing the Chi of every Kung fu master in the Spirit Realm, and only needs Oogway's to become strong enough to return to the mortal realm. Claiming victory, Kai is nevertheless warned that Oogway was never intended to defeat him, but that he has set someone else on that path. Meanwhile, in the Valley of Peace, Po and the Furious Five learn that Shifu will no longer be responsible for overseeing their training: that responsibility now falls to Po.

After a disastrous first session, Shifu reveals to Po that he knew the Panda was unprepared, but did it so that Po could achieve growth. After noting that Po has no real concept of his role as the Dragon Warrior, Shifu explains that he must grow if he is ever to reach the point that Shifu has: that of embarking on the quest to master Chi itself. Kai then arrives in the mortal realm and, after learning that he has been forgotten by China, uses some of his collected Chi to create living statues made of Jade whom he dispatches to hunt down Oogway's legacy. Po, struggling to come to terms with Shifu's words and his own self-doubt, then has an unexpected reunion with his biological father, Li Shan, who reveals that other Pandas survive as well in a hidden village, and that he was informed of Po's survival by a message "from the universe."

Sadly, Kai's warriors soon arrive to attack the valley, leaving Li concerned for his son's safety. After learning of Kai and his powers and history as a former comrade of Oogway's who turned to stealing Chi after he and Oogway encountered ancient Pandas, the heroes determine that Po must become a Master of Chi, and Li offers to train him. The two Pandas set out for the village and are joined by Mr. Ping, who is troubled by Li Shan's return and what it could mean for his and Po's relationship. Upon reaching the village, Po is overjoyed to meet so many other Pandas, and feels that he finally knows who he is.

Shifu dispatches Mantis and Crane to determine Kai's whereabouts, only for the pair to fall victim to him along with Masters Bear, Croc, and Chicken. Soon all the masters but the remaining Furious Five, Shifu, and Po have fallen to him, and Kai arrives at the Jade Palace eager to complete his collection. After Viper and Monkey are handily defeated and Shifu is left unable to fight, the senior master orders Tigress to go and warn Po of his imminent danger before becoming another captive of Kai's. Tigress journeys to the village and informs the Pandas of Kai's approach, and Li then admits that he has lied to Po about knowing the ancient Chi techniques of the Pandas. Furious, Po determines to face Kai and destroy him using the Wuxi Finger Hold, but is informed by Tigress that it cannot be done alone.

After a pep talk from Mr. Ping, Li Shan offers himself and the other Pandas to Po's tutelage so that he will have an army with which to face Kai's Jade warriors. Following some rigorous-and highly unconventional-training, the Pandas face Kai's assault, and manage to disorient him by attacking his army. Unfortunately, Po's attempt to finish him fails, as the Wuxi Finger Hold cannot affect immaterial beings such as Kai has become. However, Kai's comments on the matter lead Po to a realization, and he manages to get Kai back into the Spirit Realm by grabbing ahold of him and then using the hold...on himself. However, Kai then proceeds to capture the Dragon Warrior and begin the process of collecting his Chi.

Back in the Panda village, Po's allies manage to employ the Chi technique, having been inspired by Po's leadership and sacrifice. The result frees Po from Kai's grasp and enables him to unlock his own Mastery of Chi, which he uses to defeat Kai and free the Chi he had previously taken. He then meets with Oogway, who reveals that he chose Po to be the Dragon Warrior because he believed that Po could unite Kung fu's past with its future. Po then returns to the mortal realm as a Master of Chi, to Shifu's awe and chagrin. He then instructs the Pandas, Kung fu Masters, and residents of the Valley of Peace in the technique, which spreads good Chi across the land.

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


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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 CCO Bill Damaschke[4]  

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."[15] 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."[16]

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."[17] Approximately one-third of the film is being produced at ODW, and the remainder at the main DreamWorks Animation headquarters in Glendale, California.[18]

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.[19]

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.[4]

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.[20]

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."[21] 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."[22]


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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."[23]

On May 21, 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."[24]

On December 11, 2014, it was announced that the film will move back to its original release date of March 18, 2016.[25][26]

On February 24, 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.[27] It is currently unknown when this teaser will publicly show.

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.[10]

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."[13]


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On July 25, 2014, it was announced that Hans Zimmer would return to score the film.[8]


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On April 23, 2015, 20th Century Fox revealed the film's official synopsis at the 2015 CinemaCon in Las Vegas.[7]

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.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30] On June 18, DreamWorks Animation released the English teaser trailer on their YouTube channel.

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 Alessandro Carloni, and production designer Raymond Zibach), where they shared some behind-the-scenes information on designing the village.[31]

On August 11, 2015, Moviefone released the film's first international teaser poster that features Po, Mei Mei, Li, Bao, and a few other unknown pandas of the secret panda village.[32]

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 September 4, 2015, it was reported that Rebel Wilson dropped out of the film due to an extended production schedule. Kate Hudson took her place to voice Mei Mei.[5]

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.[33]

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 CEO 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 Tracey Miller-Zarneke. 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.

On November 24, 2015, DreamWorks released the film's first official clip, which features Po and Mr. Ping arriving at the Panda Village with Li and meeting the residents.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 was originally scheduled to release worldwide on March 18, 2016.[9] The date was later confirmed for an earlier release date of December 23, 2015.[4] 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.[25][26] The film then made another release date change by moving up two months to January 29, 2016.[10]

The film was simultaneously released in January in North America and China,[34] whereas many other countries and territories still had a March release date. The film opened in the United Kingdom and Ireland on March 11,[11] and in Australia on March 24.[12]

Kung Fu Panda 3 premiered in Hollywood and in many other screening locations around North America on January 16, 2016.[3]

Home Media


Cover art for the DVD, Blu-ray, and digital HD release

The film is currently scheduled to release on digital HD on May 13, 2016 and DVD and Blu-ray on June 28, 2016. These releases will include special features, games, deleted scenes from Kung Fu Panda 3, and a new animated short called Panda Paws.[35]


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Main article: Kung Fu Panda 3 (soundtrack)
The film soundtrack is scored by Hans Zimmer[8] and features performances from renowned Asian musicians, with the most notable being Taiwanese pop singer Jay Chou, who sings the film theme song.[36] The soundtrack was released on January 22, 2016.[37][38]

Video game


Game box art for PlayStation 3

Main article: Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends

A brawler game based on the Kung Fu Panda franchise was released December 1, 2015 and features characters and locations from the film.


Main article: Panda Paws

A short film created by DreamWorks Animation will feature the characters Mei Mei and Bao from Kung Fu Panda 3.[35]

Planned sequels

According to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, there are more Kung Fu Panda sequels planned for the franchise, with a possibility of six films total.[39]


  • Kung Fu Panda 3 is the first major Hol­ly­wood ani­mated fea­ture film to be co-produced with a Chi­nese firm.[14]
  • Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson were originally two of the film's new cast members as The Collector and Mei Mei respectively.[4] However, they both had to drop their roles due to a character rewrite (Mikkelsen)[40] and an extended production schedule (Wilson).[5]





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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
Disembodied voice: “I... am your father.
Po: “Uh, what?
[The disembodied voice is revealed to be Li's; he is crawling up the Jade Palace stairs, gasping for breath.]
Li: “I... am your father! [He turns over tiredly.] What's with all the stairs?
—From the first TV spot

See also


  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 2.2 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 The Hollywood Reporter - 'Kung Fu Panda 3': Film Review by Michael Rechtshaffen. Published and retrieved January 16, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 DreamWorks Animation Investor Relations - "DreamWorks Animation Packs A Powerful Punch With New Cast Additions For Kung Fu Panda 3"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The Hollywood Reporter - "Kate Hudson to Replace Rebel Wilson in 'Kung Fu Panda 3' (Exclusive)" by Borys Kit. Published and retrieved September 4, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Official Kung Fu Panda website - "Kung Fu Panda 3". Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 - "Synopses Revealed for KUNG FU PANDA 3, ... and More" by Adam Chitwood
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Film Music Reporter - "Hans Zimmer to Return for 'Kung Fu Panda 3'"
  9. 9.0 9.1 DreamWorks Animation Investor Relations - "New Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Unveils DreamWorks Animation's Release Slate Through 2016"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 The Hollywood Reporter - "'Kung Fu Panda 3' Release Date Moves Up Two Months" by Rebecca Ford
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 - "Kung Fu Panda 3 set for release in UK cinemas this coming March" by Scott J. Davis. Published and retrieved October 23, 2015.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Daily Mail Online - "SNEAK PEEK: Kung Fu Panda 3 sees Po meet his biological father played by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston while Rebel Wilson is a 'results-oriented panda'" by Karishma Sarkari. Published June 12, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  13. 13.0 13.1 - "Jeffrey Katzenberg Pumps Up 'Panda 3,' Puts Down Deal Talk" by Patrick Frater
  14. 14.0 14.1 - "Rising Dreams in the Orient: Oriental DreamWorks To Establish Headquarters in Xuhui"
  15. - "Jack Black Talks 'Kung Fu Panda 3': 'I'd Love To' Return"
  16. - "Comic-Con: DreamWorks Animation Panel ... Confirms KUNG FU PANDA 3" by Brendan Bettinger
  17. (English) - "Welcome home, Kung Fu Panda" by Xinhua
  18. - "DreamWorks Animation SKG Management Discusses Q3 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript"
  19. - "Guillermo del Toro Talks PUSS IN BOOTS 2, KUNG FU PANDA 3 & TROLLHUNTERS..." by Adam Chitwood
  20. The Hollywood Reporter - "'Kung Fu Panda 3' to Begin Production in August" by Clarence Tsui
  21. - "Guillermo del Toro Gives Updates ..." by Adam Chitwood
  22. - "Oriental DreamWorks to build indoor theme park" by Xinhua
  23. - "Jennifer Yu(h)-Nelson, Director of 'Kung Fu Panda 3' and Her Team"
  24. - "Jeffrey Katzenberg on 'Dragon' sequels and how Marvel is DreamWorks' new competition" by Gregory Ellwood
  25. 25.0 25.1 The Hollywood Reporter - "'Kung Fu Panda 3' Moves Out of 2015 to Avoid 'Star Wars'" by Pamela McClintock
  26. 26.0 26.1 - "DreamWorks Animation Moves 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Out of 2015, Away from 'Star Wars'" by Marc Graser
  27. Tumblr-favicon rsomerendy (Rendy Jones) on Tumblr: “Yesterday I went to a screening of DreamWorks’ Home ... (and) they showed a ... prologue for Kung Fu Panda 3.” (screenshot). Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  28. - "Sneak peek: 'Panda 3' amps up bear count" by Bryan Alexander. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  29. Facebook-favicon - "Kung Fu Panda 3 teaser trailer is just one week away!" by DreamWorks Animation. Published June 11, 2015, 1:52pm PDT. Retrieved June 11, 2015. View post photo.
  30. - "《功夫熊猫3》2016年1月29日中国上映,成龙、杨幂、朱珠等众星献声新角色" ("'Kung Fu Panda 3' January 29, 2016 Chinese release, Jackie Chan, Yang Mi, Zhu Zhu and other stars vocals new role"). Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  31. Entertainment Weekly - "Kung Fu Panda 3 exclusive: See concept art and cinemagraphs of panda village" by C. Molly Smith. Published and retrieved July 27, 2015.
  32. - "Po Struggles to Find Balance in This Exclusive 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Poster" by Rachel Horner. Published and retrieved August 11, 2015.
  33. Movie for Kids - "View Conference 2015: Alessandro Carloni mostra alcune scene inedite di Kung Fu Panda 3" ("VIEW Conference 2015: Alessandro Carloni shows some new scenes of Kung Fu Panda 3") by Irene Rosignoli. Published and retrieved October 27, 2015.
  34. The Hollywood Reporter - "'Kung Fu Panda 3' to Open in China, U.S. Simultaneously" by Patrick Brzeski. Published November 6, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  35. 35.0 35.1 - DreamWorks Animations - Kung Fu Panda 3 Coming to Digital HD - Blu-ray - DVD
  36. - "Jay Chou sings for very Chinese 'Kung Fu Panda 3'" by Zhang Rui. Published November 7, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  37. Film Music Reporter - "Kung Fu Panda 3 soundtrack details"
  38. Amazon-favicon KUNG FU PANDA 3 / O.S.T. on
  39. Empire Online - "Jeffrey Katzenberg: The DreamWorks Animation boss talks Shrek, Dragons and the future"
  40. - "Mads Mikkelsen Leaves ‘Kung fu Panda 3’ Voice Cast + More New Details!" by Max den Hartog. Published April 27, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015.

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