DreamWorks Animation have already scored a solid hit this year with Home, and they will be hoping for similar success with one of their workhorse franchises early next year. Prepare, then, for more martial arts and culinary puns as Kung Fu Panda 3 fly kicks its way back into our collective hearts.
The third film finds Jack Black's Po confronting something he never thought possible – the return of his long lost father, Li Shan (Bryan Cranston), though as the trailer shows, our hero doesn't immediately twig that the stranger in town is in fact his dad.
Still, the happy family reunion means that he is able to visit a secret panda paradise where many of his species are still living happily, including Mei Mei (Kate Hudson) who falls for our hero. But his joy is short lived, as the supernatural villain Kai is soon sweeping across China, taking out the kung fu masters as he goes. Po is faced with the ultimate challenge – training up a village full of his laid-back, fun loving, clumsy panda cohorts to become a fighting unit to take on the new threat.
With Jennifer Yuh Nelson once more in the director's chair and Alessandro Carloni as co-director, Kung Fu Panda 3 sees the return of the regular voice cast including Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and James Hong.
Kung Fu Panda 3 will hit our cinemas on 11 March next year.