Get ready for some kung fu fighting with kicks as fast as lightening, because the second trailer for KUNG FU PANDA 3 has been released!
This time around we get more of a sense of the overall plot, which seems to revolve around Po reconnecting with his family. As I mentioned when the first trailer dropped, the animation and overall fun vibe of the film look absolutely stellar. The comedic timing of the voice cast looks as on point as ever, and the new additions to the cast, such as J.K. Simmons and Bryan Cranston, are most certainly promising. Having Po’s character needing to impart his knowledge onto others and become a teacher not only provides the set up for a number of great jokes, but it also progresses the character’s development in a satisfying way. Po isn’t just learning the same lesson over and over again in each film, he continues to learn and progress as the Dragon Warrior, and as such moves the plot forward with each film instead of just retreading it. That being said, I’m still concerned about this film’s ability to surpass KUNG FU PANDA 2, which is one of my favorite Dreamworks Animated Films, as well as an excellent example of doing everything a good sequel should. As hilarious as J.K. Simmons sounds in this trailer, I still don’t know if Kai as a character can still hold a candle Gary Oldman’s Lord Shen. There isn’t much in this trailer that establishes him as a force to be reckoned with, but the studio might just be saving that for the film. I’m also concerned about the importance of the Furious Five in the story, as their relationship with Po took somewhat of a backseat during the second film. As the series has progressed, they seem to be relegated to more sidekick roles rather than the six of them acting as a team. Even in this trailer, Po’s need to train others seems to stem from a desire to protect his friends, a group well renowned for their martial arts abilities who, by all accounts, should be able to save themselves. Unless Kai has a personal vendetta against them outside of their martial arts abilities, the idea that Po needs to save them undermines their importance to the overall plot again, as it was in the previous two installments. In my mind, they should be working together to save the martial artists that Kai is targeting, they shouldn’t be damsels in distress in need of rescue, especially since they all have such interesting back stories. Those concerns aside, regardless of my personal affinity for the second film, the third installment looks like it’s going to be just as much fun as it’s predecessors, and I can’t wait!
The film is set for theatrical release on January 29th, 2016.
What did you think of the trailer? Are you as excited as I am for the fight to begin, or do you think too much time has passed for the franchise to continue? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!