January 24th, 2020 | Updated on April 21st, 2021
Kung Fu Panda 3 is a 2016 3D computer-animated wuxia comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox worldwide and by Oriental DreamWorks in China.
It is the third installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise and the sequel to 2011’s Kung Fu Panda 2.
Po and the Furious Five are back in the hilarious and critically-acclaimed hit film your whole family will love! When Po discovers a secret village of fun-loving, clumsy pandas, he must train them to defeat Kai, a supernatural villain who threatens to destroy Kung Fu.
Movie Reviews: “Kung Fu Panda 3”
Movie Review: INDEPENDENT
Jack Black again voices Po, the cuddly and hapless hero, in breathlessly enthusiastic fashion.
This time, he is pitted against the vengeful Kai (voiced by the Whiplash Oscar-winner JK Simmons), a bull-headed, strangely conceited and emotionally insecure warrior who has returned from the spirit realm to steal the “chi” (the mojo) of every creature he can find. It’s up to Po to save the world.
The twist here is that he is not only warrior but his guru, the Yoda-like Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), has made him teacher. The storyline isn’t especially original.
Certain plot elements and some of the characters owe a very direct debt to Star Wars. Some of the puns are a bit on the feeble side: when there is talk of justice being served, Po immediately orders two justice platters.
What lifts the film is not just its high-kicking fight sequences, but the sharpness of the writing (by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger), the vibrant animation and the sheer, good-natured relish and gusto with which the film-makers attack their material.
Movie Review: STANDARD.CO.UK
The film is simultaneously sweet, simple and savvy. The major new character is a chi-stealing immortal Yax (a cross between a yak and an ox) aka Kai (J K Simmons, perfect).
Flitting effortlessly between the spirit world and ancient China, the action sequences are not only gorgeous but mind-expanding (Kai’s stooges resemble pieces of jade jewellery; even the grass in the panda enclave seems to have a psychotropic glow).
Even better: none of the female characters simper. Best of all: peace, love and understanding rule. This recently became the highest-grossing animated film of all time in China. Its cinema-goers aren’t always discerning (Furious 7, that’s all I’m going to say) but when it comes to ’toons their taste is awesome.
Movie Review: Amazon
n the biggest and most awesome Kung Fu Panda movie yet, Po must train a village of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to defeat a supernatural villain that threatens to destroy Kung Fu.
As with the previous movies, this third installment has lots of humor, heart, and kung fu! Also, the sound track on this one is awesome, owning mostly to an adaptation of Imagine Dragon’s “I’m So Sorry.”
Positive messages for kids to seek their own individual strengths. The violence/scariness level is about the same of the
previous movies. Its funny, cheesy, laughable, emotional, cute, fuzzy, and has Kung Fu. Jack Black is the perfect Po, the Dragon Warrior.