Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) - Through the Eyes of Cat

Number Rolled: N/A
Movie Name/Year: Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
Tagline: Grab destiny by the rice dumplings.
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy
Length: 95 minutes
Rating: PG
Production Companies: China Film Co., DreamWorks Animation, Oriental DreamWorks
Producers: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Melissa Cobb, Guillermo del Toro, Jeff Hermann, Peikang La, Rui Gang Li, Mike Mitchell
Directors: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson           
Writers: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Actors: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Kate Hudson, James Hong, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, Al Roker, Jean-Claude Van Damme
Stunts: N/A

Blurb from NetflixHis Mission? Defend China from a marauding spirit. His weapon? Kung fu. His crew? Pandas. Clumsy, goofy pandas.

Cat’s Point of View:

I love the Kung Fu Panda (2008) series. I had originally watched this 3rd installment of the franchise closer to when it was released, but was quite happy to watch it again.

Aside from being funny and just fun in general, these movies have a phenomenal message behind them. They’re all reinforcing that we shouldn’t judge others by their exteriors, sometimes our weaknesses can be turned into strengths, and that both self-discovery and community are important. That’s just scratching the surface. There’s good stuff for kids that might be in foster homes, adopted, or in blended families as well.

I love Po’s wide-eyed wonder at the world around him and how he geeks-out over things. My own inner-geek identifies with him so much! Jack Black (The Muppets, The D Train, The Polka King) was the absolute perfect choice to voice the Dragon Warrior in this series.

Dreamworks’ CEO confirmed that there are going to be at least 3 more movies in the series. I am excited to find out what is in store for Po the panda in the future!  In the meantime, I wouldn’t mind watching this again and would give it my whole-hearted recommendation.


Speech Available: English, English (Audio Description), Spanish
Subtitles Available: English [CC], Spanish

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 78%
Metascore – 66%
Metacritic User Score – 7.4/10
IMDB Score – 7.1/10

Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 5/5

P.S. There are several 'replays' of scenes from throughout the movie during the credits. 

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