Yin, yang, energy and Chi are the natural key words
strewn all over this American-Chinese comic adventure. With a sprinkling of
family warmth and human emotions, the computer-generated characters come alive
as they’ve done in the last two editions of the Panda franchise.
Greedy Kai who has taken away the Chi of various
Masters to become practically invincible, is snorting to go to the mortal world
and grab the Chi from here too. But Master Oogway who battles him in Spirit
Realm warns him that destiny has chosen the Dragon Warrior to be his nemesis.
Kai comes down with his army of jade warriors to look for Po, the Dragon
Warrior, and finish this myth.
In the mortal world, Master Shifu who’s got the
message of the Universe, picks Po the giant panda, to take over as teacher. But
Po thinks being Dragon Warrior is about fun and games, kicking, punching and
stuff. He can’t ever be like Master
“Don’t try to be me, try to be yourself,” advises the
And discover who you are, becomes the keynote of
acquiring Chi energy.
In the last edition, there was a hint of Po’s real dad
turning up and he does as Li, the new panda who can eat more than Po. Ping the
bird who’s Po’s foster dad, is envious especially when Li takes his son home to
meet a whole village of pandas. That’s where Po will learn Chi, promises his
panda dad. Baby pandas, cousin pandas,
girlie pandas, big pandas, so-shweet pandas of all sizes and genders delight Po
and us, as he learns how to be a real panda.
Back home, Kai and his jade army have conquered all
the masters including Master Shifu, and he’s headed for the panda village to
In the final battle to send Kai back to Spirit Realm,
the panda army led by Po learns the one big lesson of life: find yourself and
build on who you are. Therein lies your Chi.
And for a really happy ending, Po now two dads, he
doesn’t have to choose between them.
Jack Black as Po, Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu and
Angelina Jolie as Tigress are all back to make you feel at home along with
Bryan Cranston as Li and JK Simmons as Kai.
Two writers and two directors don’t combine to do
anything extraordinary but lifelike animation by Dreamworks and panda hugs all
around, make Kung Fu Panda 3 a
comfort watch for the family.
For emitting the warmth expected of the franchise, Kung Fu Panda 3 gets a 3* rating.
bySenior Journalist & Author
Bharathi S Pradhan