“Kung Fu Panda” has lit a spark in children and adults, bringing cuddly animals into the world of martial arts with charismatic characters, endearing stories, and an overall arc that required three films to tell the whole story (plus an animated series because why not).
20th Century Fox has just released the third and final installment in the “Kung Fu Panda” trilogy on Blu-ray & DVD, making fans of the series very happy – including myself.
After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po travels to a secret village and meets tons of hilarious new panda friends and family members. But when the supernatural villain Kai challenges all the Kung Fu masters across China, Po must discover the teacher within himself and train his clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!
Super kid-friendly but still enjoyable for adults, it’s easy watching for everyone involved and a fun ride for 90 minutes. Starring Jack Black as the titular Panda, Po, alongside Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, James Jong, Kate Hudson, and J.K. Simmons, this star-studded cast delivers some great lines in a captivating movie with good replay value. For parents who do not look forward to being subjected to watching the same movie for days on end, “Kung Fu Panda 3” will keep you entertained as much as the little ones.
Animation lovers will enjoy the stylish transition scenes, gorgeous scenery, and excellent use of color theory to propel the story and visuals. The replay value for me comes out of analyzing what the team at Dreamworks did to make each scene unique and pop, and what language they used to show the story as much as they are telling it.
DVD & Blu-Ray Extras include an art gallery, trailers, and a section called “The World of Dreamworks Animation” that includes music videos and trailers for other Dreamworks properties including “How To Train Dragons,” “Turbo”, “The Croods,” and others.
It also features two new animated shorts, “Everybody Loves A Panda Party,” which is another parody of “Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting”, except with Pandas and, obviously, partying. There is also a karaoke version of this song available so you can sing along with it. The second short is about how Mei Mei learned she was good at ribbon twirling.
Besides those, you will also learn the origins of “Skadoosh,” which is essentially a highlight reel of the first movie with new Jack Black narration, and instructions on how to make a Panda Party Paper Pal. This neat little origami panda comes packed with each DVD, and more can be printed out from the Dreamworks website to make a whole army of boxy pandas.
A fun movie for panda lovers of all ages, “Kung Fu Panda 3” is worth adding to your collection and hopefully completes your trilogy if you have enjoyed the previous two movies in the series.