Review: “Kung Fu Panda 3” Visually Stunning, Fun-Filled Movie

Kung Fu Panda 3

Get ready for the fun-filled and visually stunning animated film, “Kung Fu Panda 3” kicking down theater doors tomorrow, January 29!

DreamWorks Animation brings us the third installment in the successful “Kung Fun Panda” franchise featuring Po, the lovable panda voiced by the equally endearing Jack Black, as he grows up and tries to understand who he is and where he comes from.

In this story, we see Po showing off his awesomeness as the Dragon Warrior and Master of the Panda-style of Kung Fu around the Peaceful Valley. We also meet Po’s long-lost father, voiced by Bryan Cranston, who wants Po to return with him to a secret Panda village hidden high atop the mountains and learn how to be a real Panda.

When Po discovers he’s a Panda, and that there’s a whole secret village full of them, he leaves his over-protective adoptive dad, Mr. Ping, and follows his real father to the panda village. There he meets a new set of pandas and settles in for a life of eating and sleeping.

But Po’s peaceful existence is short lived when the villainous Kai starts a wave of attacks across China defeating all the kung fu masters. To defend the village, Po has to train the pandas to become the greatest band of Kung Fu Pandas.

Squadoosh!

As someone who’s watched and written about many family films (101 to be exact, lol!), I was impressed by the superb quality of the animation in this film, as well as the easy-to-follow and touching story.

When watching this movie, take special notice of the panda fur, the fleshy movements of the characters’ bodies, and the lighting throughout the movie. This is CGI work at its best!

I was invited to visit DreamWorks Animation Studios this week to screen the movie, and to take part in a Q&A with some of the key people who worked on this movie.

Po and Suzette Valle at DreamWorks Animation Studios.

Po and Suzette Valle at DreamWorks Animation Studios.

I had the opportunity to meet and chat with the co-directors of “Kung Fun Panda 3” Jennifer Nelson and Alessandro Carloni. I also spoke with Pablo Valle (no relation, we think), one of the Heads of Lighting for this film, and animator Frank Abney.

Kung Fu Panda 3 Movie Directors Nelson and Carloni

Kung Fu Panda 3 Movie Directors Nelson and Carloni

Valle  worked on films like “Shrek” and “How To Train Your Dragon.” The lighting in this animated feature is especially important, he told me. It has a huge impact on the way you feel as you’re watching the story unfold.

Kung Fu Panda 3 Animators Frank Abney and Paul Valle, at DreamWorks Animation Studios. Photo S. Valle

Kung Fu Panda 3 Animators Frank Abney and Paul Valle, at DreamWorks Animation Studios. Photo S. Valle

 

Frank Abney is an animator at DreamWorks who also worked at Disney on the animated films “Frozen” and “Big Hero 6.” Abney gave us a presentation about the process of animating the characters’ movements. Part of the process involves him having to act out a scene, record it, and then watch himself and his movements to then try to duplicate them by computer. “It’s a pretty humbling process,” he said about having to watch himself.

For families looking to spend some quality time together this weekend, “Kung Fu Panda 3” has something for all ages to enjoy: witty dialogue, sweet characters, jokes, puns, endless battle sequences, and a wonderful lesson about being who you are.

Po approved Panda donuts.

Po approved Panda donuts.

However, I think the part that will grab your attention the most while watching this enchanting movie,  is the visual celebration the animation in “Kung Fu Panda 3” has achieved. It’s a party for your eyes!

Kung Fu Panda 3” is rated PG

Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Great review. I can’t wait to see this movie. Those panda donuts are too cute!

  2. Great review I really want to go see this movie.

  3. Mary says:

    Looks like a very cute movie and with your review It’s one I will definitely will go see. I just wish I could get one of those adorable donuts!

  4. Bloggoneit says:

    You’re speaking to me when you said, “When watching this movie, take special notice of the panda fur,..” I always watch the fur, the water, the shadows, everything that should move in a movie and love when animators do such an amazing job that you feel like it’s live action.

    I’m sure the kids and I will see this movie since we’ve seen every one in the franchise, and saw Jack Black last night on Conan O’Brien who is so entertaining.

    Thank you for a great review–can’t wait to see the movie in person!!

    • Suzette Valle says:

      I’m so glad I could point some things for you to look out for in this movie. I especially loved watching the pandas’ flesh move around with their actions. It’s so realistic! Enjoy the movie!

  5. It looks like a fun film! Do you think it is appropriate for very young kids? Mine are 2 and 4. I think the 4-year-old would enjoy it but not sure about the youngest.

  6. GiGi Eats says:

    I really cannot believe there are so many of these movies! Clearly they are good – I guess I should go see them! LOL!

  7. Mimi Rose says:

    I love the Kung Fu Panda movies!! I’m looking forward to seeing the 3rd one – glad to know it has a good review from you.

  8. So awesome you got to attend the event! And great to hear a good review – I think my husband is looking forward to this movie even more than I am, so I’m sure we’ll be watching it soon 😀

  9. I saw this last night and loved it! i had seen KFP1, but not KFP2, so when i saw how great #3 was last night, I am for sure going to go back and watch #2. Wow, that was a lot of abbreviations!

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