Saturday, 2 July 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Kung Fu Panda 3

PG; 95 minutes; $36.99; Amazon

Now available to purchase on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from DreamWorks Animation is this year's hit animated-comedy Kung Fu Panda 3. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni, the sequel features the voice talents of Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J. K. Simmons, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Kate Hudson, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim and Jackie Chan.

Po the Dragon Warrior (voiced by Jack Black) has his life shattered when Master Shifu (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) announces his retirement and that Po would be replacing him as the new Kung Fu teacher.

Of course Po is excited about his new role at first, but after one training lesson with the Furious Five members Tigress (voiced by Angelina Jolie), Crane (voiced by David Cross), Mantis (voiced by Seth Rogen), Viper (voiced by Lucy Liu), and Monkey (voiced by Jackie Chan, all his students get injured. This is when he begins to question his role as teacher.

Out of nowhere, a panda named Li Shan (voiced by Bryan Cranston) arrives in the village in search of his long-lost son, which just happens to be Po.

While Po is excited to see his father, the reunion is cut short when a powerful enemy named Kai (voiced by J. K. Simmons) escapes the Spirit Realm and returns to the real world to steal the chi from other Kung Fu masters. Since he has never mastered the art of chi, Po follows his father to a secret panda village to train for the upcoming battle against Kai.

Special Features/Bonus Extras includes:
  • Everybody Loves a Panda PartyJoin Po and the entire cast of lovable pandas to sing-along and learn why everybody loves a panda party in this all-new presentation.
  • Po’s Posters of AwesomenessPo leads a deeper exploration of the awesome art in Mr. Ping’s hut as the posters come to life and illustrate his hilarious stories. 
  • Panda Paws Watch the enormously talented panda ribbon dancer Mei Mei starring with Bao in an exclusive animated tale. 
  • Make a Panda Party Paper Pal – Learn the mystic art of paper folding and create a village of panda pals as Po hosts this fun and entertaining tutorial.
  • Play Like a PandaAdorable overload! Learn all about real baby pandas, their amazing lives, and their remarkable playful ways.
  • The Origin of “Skadoosh”For the first time ever, Po reveals the extra-super-secret origin of his world-famous catchphrase. 
  • Faux Paws Deleted Scenes – Discover fascinating story insights with this revealing collection of deleted footage you couldn’t see in theaters!

Final Thoughts: While I've seen the majority of the recent computer-animated flicks, I have never watched the first two Kung Fu Panda movies. However, I have seen several episodes of the Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness television series. As far as I could tell, the third film is more of a standalone tale, so it doesn't matter if you haven't seen the other movies.

Overall, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a cute, funny family-friendly comedy. The computer-animation is excellent and the entire voice-cast is topnotch.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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