Disclosure: We received tickets to an early screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 for the purposes of this review. All opinions are 100% our own.
One of my favorite animated characters, Po-the Kung Fu Panda himself, returns for his next adventure in KUNG FU PANDA 3.
If you’ve never seen the first two films, I definitely recommend watching them, particularly the first KUNG FU PANDA where Po fulfills his surprising destiny and becomes the Dragon Warrior. It’s a hilariously funny and touching film, where the ultimate hero is found where you least expect him. In KUNG FU PANDA 2, Po uncovers the secrets of his origins to unlock his own inner strength to fight a lifelong foe. But through it all, Po still doesn’t really know who he is at his core.
KUNG FU PANDA 3 OVERVIEW:
In KUNG FU PANDA 3, when Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, and a new other-worldly foe Kai threatens the entire realm, Po is set on a journey to discover what it truly means to be the Dragon Warrior.
The third film’s new foe Kai lives in the Spirit Realm and is an old comrade turned enemy of Oogway, the Kung Fu Master turtle from the first film.
Kai has taken the chi from Kung Fu Masters masters, collecting them as jade amulets on his belt. With this power, he defeats Oogway, breaks free from the Spirit Realm, and arrives on Earth continuing to steal the chi even more Kung Fu Warriors. Becoming stronger with each battle, Kai can even reactivate these amulets, creating a army of jade zombies, or “jombies” who come after Po, Shifu and the Furious Five.
The only one who can defeat Kai is a master of chi, and upon meeting his Dad, Po learns that only the pandas can teach the mysteries of chi. So Po and his two dads travel to the Panda Village It’s here that Po discovers who he really is and what he has to offer the world.
Four Reasons to See KUNG FU PANDA 3:
- Po’s 2 Dads: The relationship between Po and his goose adoptive dad Ping has always been one of my favorite parts of the series. In the third film there’s the added tension with the addition of Po’s panda father. Ping of course fears losing his son to his biological dad. I won’t spoil it, but the interactions surrounding these relationships and it’s resolution is absolutely beautiful and of course funny.
- The message: “You can’t turn yourself into someone else.” This film embraces this philosophy and in the most funny way, teaches the message that to succeed you must be the best YOU you can be.
- What it really means to be the Dragon Warrior: Again, I don’t want to spoil it, but this is a surprising and fantastic pay off and message.
- It’s Laugh Out Loud Funny: Aside from the wonderful messages this film portrays, I definitely think it’s hysterical. I loved hearing my kids and my nephews (ages 8, 5, 8 and 6 below) laughing along the way. It’s a great family film that adults and kids alike will enjoy. My kids LOVED it and are still talking about the funny scenes even after 2 weeks. For a family like ours, who loves great animated films, this is definitely a favorite. It was so good, we honestly all want to go see it again.
Photo Credit: Allied Seattle Paul Sevilla
KUNG FU PANDA 3
Animation, in 3D
Release: January 29, 2016