Kung Fu Panda 3:The biggest phothole ever

One of the other anticipated movies of 2016, which surprisingly didn’t fall under the “Superhero” category was the third installment of ‘the-ever-so-popular’ Kung Fu Panda Franchise.

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Though ‘Kung Fu Panda 3‘ was in the making right after the previous installment had hit the screens, but it is now that we finally get to watch it. I would start off by saying that I did enjoy it and it was thoroughly entertaining. Though it’s not quite in the ranks of it’s two predecessors, it does not disappoint.

Well we’re in an era, where it’s quite clear that animation movies are not necessarily only for “kidos”.

With the recent likes of ‘Frozen‘, ‘Inside Out’ and the quite recent ‘Zootopia‘, Disney has clearly shown that animation movies can completely be in the adult realm without actually having to lose it’s ‘kid-factor’.

The one fundamental component that these movies had in common and literally was the mainstay of these movies was it’s writing.

The writers’ carried out their job with such finese that the infamous term ‘plothole’ didn’t find any base.

But that’s not the case in ‘Kung Fu Panda 3‘!

I’m not sure if it was a result of lazy writing or the product of lack of determination, there was a huge plothole in ‘KFP 3′ that actually altered my whole peception. So here it is:

So quite in the beginning of the movie, after Po and his father’s reunion, Po’s father (Li) proudly states that he is coming from a secret Panda village, which quite obviously means that no damn person knows the whereabouts of the secret village.

Then eventually Li takes Po and Ping to the village, and Po himself didn’t know where the village was, so there was no possible way that Po could have said the whereabouts of the village to Tigress, and since there was no much words exchanged between Li and Tigress there was no way Tigress could have known where the village was.

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But after Kai attacks the Jade Palace, Tigress conveniently finds out The Secret Panda Village just in time to inform Po and the other Pandas’ that Kai was coming for them. This was not at all possible and was a result of extremely lazy writing. If Tigress would have not been able to find out the village then Kai would have easily dealt with the pandas’ and things would have turned out quite different, but this plothole conveniently works out in favour of the Pandas’.

This is simply one of the biggest plotholes I’ve ever seen in a movie.

But if you don’t mind this heck of a plothole and if you’re quite okay with an overly melodramatic climax, then you’ll surely love this movie.

Have you watched ‘Kung Fu Panda 3‘? What is your opinion about it?

“Kung Fu Panda 3″ Entertains And Inspires

HOLLYWOOD—Most people spend their entire lifetime figuring out who they really are. “Kung Fu Panda 3″ tells a self-discovery story so universal because it depicts an experience everyone is bond to go through in their lives sooner or later; yet, a story so unique because this journey is not only about the clumsily cute panda’s personal realizations and growths, it also highlights an important conversation about the differences and similarities between the Eastern and Western culture.

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In the movie, our hero Po, the panda who happens to be a Kung Fu genius, learns the essence of Kung Fu by exploring who he really is and what it means to be a part of a family as well as a community. Therefore, acquires the ultimate power in Kung Fu to defend his village from being attacked by an evil Ox.

While the part where he rejoins his family and only becomes stronger because of the community he belongs to exhibits traditional Eastern family value, the other part where he defends the village against the evil falls into the classic Western type of save-the-world superhero genre.

Through Po’s journey, the movie manages to unite the collectivism in Eastern culture and the individualistic heroism in Western culture under the universal theme of self-discovery and family value.

The first Kung Fu Panda movie emphasized on Po’s self-realization of whom he needs to be, followed by the second movie, in which he overcomes his self-doubts and starts to head into the right direction of becoming the hero he’s destined to be. Now the third movie in the franchise advances Po’s journey even more. It provides Po with chance of going back to where he’s originally from, lets him find his real identity, and ultimately hits home by giving out a perfect explanation of why he is who he is.

While “Kung Fu Panda 3″ aligns well in this franchise in terms of Po’s character arc, it also deepens the story greatly because up until now, the Kung Fu Panda series has successfully completed its own exploration towards the three basic philosophical questions of life: “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” and “Where am I going?”

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What’s better is that those stodgy messages underneath the Kung Fu Panda series are conveyed through a straightforward, but engaging enough story of a dumpling-eating and Kung Fu-loving animated panda’s journey of finding himself. The fun, light and comedic tone of it further helps the movie become an entertaining as well as inspiring ride for people of all ages around the globe.

Therefore, by finding the common ground between the East and the West, “Kung Fu Panda 3″ makes an undoubted case in proving that this franchise of DreamWorks truly is an inspiration for US-China film co-productions; by telling a relatable story essentially about love and growth that speaks to all human beings, it has no difficulty at all in captivating a global audience.

‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ Is A Merely Good Entry In A Great Franchise

While visually gorgeous and generally entertaining, this third installment of the DreamWorks Animation DWA -4.00% franchise is a comedown from the first two superb entries.

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The Box Office:

Kung Fu Panda 3 has the distinction of basically being the biggest movie ever to open domestically in the week of January. It was originally slotted for December 23rd of last year before being first shifted to March 18th of this year and then being bounced up to January 29th. The current release date is timed to the Chinese New Year. Said holiday falls on February 8th, and of course the best time to open a movie is the weekend before a holiday, since the presumption is that the holiday bump will lessen the second weekend drop.

The film is indeed opening day-and-date with China and a handful of other territories (Russia, South Korea, etc.) before opening over the rest of the world in early March. So the would-be box office narrative for this one won’t be written until long after its domestic debut. That’s tended to be a problem for DreamWorks. Be it Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda 2, or How to Train Your Dragon 2, DWA has had an issue where their domestic opening weekend has been blasted as unduly soft, to actual “their stock gets dinged” consequences, only to have said films become monster hits worldwide long after most of us have stopped paying attention.

Both Kung Fu Panda 2 and How To Train Your Dragon 2 were written off as domestic disappointments after earning well below the domestic totals of their predecessors only to handily top $600 million+ worldwide. I honestly don’t know to what extent audiences are still jazzing for another Kung Fu Panda movie over four years after the last one and with 79 episodes of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness running from 2011 to 2014, nor do I know how the January debut strategy will play out. But I do know that, especially considering this $140 million sequel is a Chinese co-production (DWA gets 40% of the Chinese box office instead of 25%, and there is basically a separately animated version specifically for China) and that it plays in much of the world six weeks after it opens in America, I’d advise all of us not to pull the fire alarm if this one doesn’t quite reach the $60m Fri-Sun/$48m Fri-Sun heights of its predecessors on its domestic debut.

The Review:

It may read as an insult for me to compare Kung Fu Panda 3 to X-Men: The Last Stand or Spider-Man 3. But both respective comic book sequels had the misfortune of being merely okay installments that were proceeded by two critically-acclaimed predecessors. They have their issues (Spider-Man 3 is aggressively campy, X-Men 3 focuses on Wolverine instead of Cyclops), but taken on their own they were relatively enjoyable, occasionally ambitious popcorn entertainments. The biggest problem with Kung Fu Panda 3 is that Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 were so obscenely good that this merely okay installment feels like a huge let down.

Some plot: The film picks up on Kung Fu Panda 2‘s cliffhanger, with the discovery that Po’s father (Bryan Cranston) survived the massacre of the panda clans and is now aware that his son (Jack Black) survived as well. Said reunion comes at an awkward time, with Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman, once again the vocal MVP of this franchise) announcing his retirement from teaching and anointing Po as the new instructor of the Furious Five. But when the evil Kai (J.K. Simmons) escapes from the underworld and begins defeating various kung fu masters, Po discovers that only a kung fu warrior who is a master of chi can defeat this threat. Can Po embrace his newfound panda family and master the required skills necessary to defeat this new villain?

The film is a visual marvel, with DreamWorks once again proving that they are the absolute best when it comes to using 3D in animation to enhance their visual storytelling. It’s worth the price of 3D admission for the imagery alone. And with all of the talk about how various comic book movies and television shows are finally embracing the fantastical elements of their source material, it should be noted that Kung Fu Panda 3 is a movie that, with little hand-holding, begins with a blow-out fight between two warriors in the afterlife. The opening sequence is a corker, but it also highlights the film’s core weakness, which is that its villain is ill-defined and its arc will be merely a variation on what we’ve seen before.

The first two films had wonderfully fleshed out and three-dimensional villains. Ian McShane’s would-be Anakin Skywalker and his emotional beef with Dustin Hoffman’s would-be Obi Wan Kenobi added real oomph to the otherwise conventional “fish out of water becomes the proverbial chosen one” narrative. And Kung Fu Panda 2 basically beat We Need To Talk About Kevin to the punch, painfully humanizing a tormented peacock (Gary Oldman) whose parents were forced to cast him away after he committed an act of genocide. J.K. Simmons is fine as the ancient evil spirit who escapes back into the world and begins collecting the “chi” (souls) of the remaining kung fu masters, but he is barely fleshed out and comes off as a glorified villain of the week.

And said villain’s “slowly making his way to Po and his friends so Po better get ready” ticking clock scenario is basically a retread of the first film. It is clear that returning Jennifer Nelson Yuh and new co-director Alessandro Carloni, along with returning screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, have attempted to craft a lighter, less violent, and less psychologically nuanced picture, but the end result is one that retreads the general narrative of the first film (Po must get prepared before a rampaging villain arrives in his neck of the woods) while basically repeating Po’s emotional journey from the second film (Po’s attempt to master chi is an inferior variation on his quest for inner peace in the second film).

While Po’s search for inner peace had a narrative through line and satisfying conclusion (it was a natural byproduct of learning about his past and coming to terms with his tragic origins), this time around Chi is basically tantamount to Po learning new supernatural fighting skills. And what felt like a gut punch at the conclusion of the second film (Po’s biological father is alive) is played almost entirely for laughs. The notion of Po’s dad coming back to claim him should be heartbreaking due to our investment in his relationship with adapted father Ping (national treasure James Hong). But Ping’s displeasure with the possibility of losing his adopted son are played almost entirely for comic relief.

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The film has some interesting nuggets here and there, such as the idea of the pandas basically embracing habits typically associated with slovenly westerners in order to “master” chi and the pay off to said thread. And there is at least one terrific scene in the third act when Po’s two dads share a genuine heart-to-heart that brings to mind the emotional honesty that usually typifies this franchise. But the enterprise has a sense of weightlessness to it, feeling less like the next defining chapter in Po’s journey and more like a three-part episode of Legends of Awesomeness.

Now if it seems like I’m being overly negative on the film, it’s because I happen to adore the first two Kung Fu Panda movies. The first film was a shining light of awesomeness, a triumphant follow-up to the better-than-expected Over the Hedge that signaled that DreamWorks had snapped out of its post-Shrek slump and was ready to stand tall alongside Pixar and Walt Disney DIS -6.45%. And Kung Fu Panda 2 was not only my favorite film of 2011 but was, along with the much-better-than-it-needed-to-be Puss In Boots, a sign that DWA was taking a shot at the proverbial title. I’ve waited nearly five years for the third film and I wanted something a little weightier.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is merely a pretty good animated adventure with some soaring visuals. The vocal performances are spot-on per usual, and the film does end with an interesting new status quo. I like that they didn’t turn Kate Hudson’s flirty female panda into a love interest. I like the idea that Po is constantly surprised that his journey has yet another step. And for those merely wanting to take their kids to a high-energy, high-quality animated spectacular, it fits the bill without any of the more challenging concepts from the second film. But two great films followed by a merely good one feels like a letdown, however unfair that may be. So when I call Kung Fu Panda 3 the Godfather part III of the franchise that’s not entirely an insult. In essence, it is about as good as we all expected the first one to be back in 2008.

Kung Fu Panda 3 Directors Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh

It was eight years ago that audiences first met DreamWork Animation‘s lovable Kung Fu Panda, Po, and five years ago that we last saw the character (voiced by Jack Black) on the big screen. On January 29th, Po is back alongside the Furious Five (voiced by Jackie Chan, David Cross, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen) and about to come face to face with his birth father (Bryan Cranston). Unfortunately, the “Dragon Warrior” is also about to become targeted by a dangerous new foe, Kai (J.K. Simmons), who has powers and abilities unlike anything Po has ever faced before.

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ComingSoon.net got an early look at Kung Fu Panda 3 during a special press day on the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale, California. There, we had the opportunity to chat with directors Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh as well as producer Melissa Cobb. Read on for their thoughts about the continuing the Kung Fu Panda legacy and check back soon as we’ll be sitting down with the film’s cast for a behind-the-scenes look at the January 29 release.

CS: It feels like each chapter in the Kung Fu Panda series has a certain element of growth for Po. Is figuring out what that is going to be the first step in building the story?

Jennifer Yuh: I think it is.

Alessandro Carloni: Yes, it usually is, but it also sometimes reveals itself through the making. The franchise is always based on self-empowerment. Po has to defeat the villain, but he also has to find out who he is and how to become a better person. In each movie, that is accomplished in a slightly different way. How do you phrase it? How do you spell it out? That sometimes reveals itself through the movie-making process.

Melissa Cobb: Yeah, it’s definitely an evolution. We have an idea of what we think it’s going to be, but, as you get farther into making the movie, it starts to tell you what it wants to be.

Jennifer Yuh: And it always begins with a character question when we’re coming up with the idea. What does that character need? What does that character want? We may not be able to articulate it in a nice, succinct sentence yet, but that journey that that character has to go through is something that guides us every single time. It’s always based on “What does Po need in this particular moment? What would Po do if he was surrounded by pandas for the very first time?” That grows and his journey becomes something that guide us.

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Melissa Cobb: We definitely started with something we knew, which was that his dad was going to come to this movie.

Jennifer Yuh: After the end of “Kung Fu Panda 2,” we knew the audience would be really mad if the dad didn’t show up.

Alessandro Carloni: Plus, coming face to face with your father connects to a universal theme about identity and about the search for self, which perfectly fits within the franchise.

CS: There’s also Po becoming a teacher, which seems like an important development for his character.

Jennifer Yuh: It’s also the thing that he’s the least suited to do. One of the things we love about Po is that he’s vulnerable. He’s someone that we can all identify with because he has those insecurities. He’s an outsider-feeling guy. He’s never comfortable in positions like that. You see him become this guy, this Kung Fu guy, and it’s important to ask, “What is that next step?” He’s always moving. When he becomes a teacher, he’s following a path spreads beyond himself.

Melissa Cobb: When you become a teacher, you’ve reached a point where you yourself have something to impart. For a character that’s so insecure, that’s a big step. To be good enough to teach others? That’s a big thing for him.

Kung Fu Panda 3 Spoilers: First trailer released; Po and Li father- son tandem to be explored

Father and son reunited as the trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3 had been revealed showing Po and his father, Li’s first encounter. Together, they are set to defeat a new enemy by doing a seemingly impossible task of training a village of pandas.

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The chubby, fluffy, and bubbly Kung Fu maste, Po is back and he is set to be reunited with his long lost father but probably not as soon as fans expect. A trailer has been released for the newest sequel of Kung Fu Panda where Po and an older male panda, named Li, has come face to face.

They later figure that Po has lost his father, and Li, on the other hand, also lost his son “many many years ago”. Just when everybody’s heart started to beat faster with excitement, and thought that both Po and Li have already connected the dots, the two express their good lucks to each other in finding their lost family members and later headed to opposite directions.

The upcoming movie will reportedly witness the return of Jack Black as Po, Dustin Hoffman as Shifu, Lucy Liu as Viper, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Angelina Jolie as Tigress, David Cross as Crane, and they are now joined by JK Simmons as Kai and Rebel Wilson as Mei Mei.
The movie will reportedly revolve around the father and son tandem of Po and Li as they try to defeat the villlain Kai by doing the seemingly impossible mission of training a village of pandas. “When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters.

But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas,” the synopsis reads.
Kung Fu Panda 3 is directed by Alessandro Carloni, and Jennifer Yuh, and written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. It is set to hit theaters in January 29, 2016.

‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ to Avoid ‘Batman v Superman” Release Date

The long-awaited DreamWorks film, “Kung Fu Panda 3” is finally scheduled to be released early next year, staying clear of superhero movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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With a glut of superhero films premiering in the next couple of months up to the following year, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” has had to dodge schedules with a new January 29, 2016 theater release.

Pitted against “Batman v Superman,” “Deadpool,” the “Warcraft” movie, and “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” which all have a first quarter release for 2016, DreamWorks is striving to evade the box office competition by bumping up the third installment of Po the Panda’s story.

Earlier on, it veered away from its original December 23, 2015 release date to avoid “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which had the same release date.

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A March 18 date was picked, but “Kung Fu Panda 3” would have gone head to head with the March 25 slot of “Batman v Superman.” DreamWorks finally moved the movie up to the end of January to give fans a chance to enjoy the animated film with as little competition as possible.

The January 29 release date also comes just before Chinese New Year on February 8, as a nod to Oriental DreamWorks, the studio’s China outfit which created the first “Kung Fu Panda” film.

Unfortunately for DreamWorks, January is considered an off-peak season for theater releases, the dead month where films with uncertain prospects are scheduled to either triumph in the box office or bomb without much notice.

DreamWorks may be hedging its bets based on the franchise’s earlier performances. The first “Kung Fu” Panda made $60 million during its 2008 opening weekend, while “Kung Fu Panda 2,” with its $48 million theater debut, was second only to “The Hangover Part II”.

The upcoming installment of the movie will see Po reunited with his biological father, followed by a return to his birthplace where he faces an arranged marriage, a power grabbing evil spirit, and more dangerous adventures.

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