Joe's Take-Apparently, being the Dragon Warrior isn't enough for Po the Panda (Jack Black) to be complete. To get to the next level of awesomeness, he must become the teacher. So ever conveniently, his destiny gets wrapped into a bow by bringing him his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston), a new villain (J.K. Simmons), and a bunch of Pandas that need to be trained to fight said villain. Bellies will bounce, dumplings will be eaten, and stupidity will endure. Po's relationship with his Father looks interesting and the dependable fat jokes will keep this from sucking. My biggest concern, though, is that The Furious Five will be grossly underused again so that Po can hog (or panda) the spotlight for the third time. I know it's called Kung Fu Panda, yet I don't see the harm in building up his buddies as well. Ah, who cares; There's a hilarious character in the form of Master Chicken that will lay all doubting to bed. Bring on the next round of stairs! (my old enemy)
My Prediction- Not a Piece of Panda Shit. I had to say it.
Mike's Take -The first Kung Fu Panda was rich in character and plot development. The Furious 5 (get it "furry"!) got treated as top tier characters and the visuals were incredible. Predictable, lovable and funny, The first movie was excellent, Dreamworks really did a great job in creating and crafting that movie. When the second movie came out, it was essentially the same plot but had a minor, forgettable thread. that the bad guy is the one responsible for the Panda's disappearance from the land as a whole and we're left with the final scene of a small village somewhere in the mountains where the Panda's are living peacefully. Again, beautifully made, but the characters didn't necessarily grow. With this one, the movie will, again, suffer from character growth, but the richness and the details that have gone into each of the movies will again astonish. Jack Black is up to his old schtick, the Furious 5 will all but be left in the background and we'll get a morality story out of it.
Dreamworks kills with these movies, Piece Of Shit? No, but it will be average and a fun movie.
Kung Fu Panda 3
PG | 1h 35min | Animation, Action, Adventure | 29 January 2016
Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.
Directors: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh
Writers: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Stars: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman