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Kung Fu Panda 3  : Big On Panda Hugs
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Friday, April 1, 2016
Animation Film
Jennifer Yuh Nelson,Alessandro Carloni
Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie

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 Shifu.

 

“Don’t try to be me, try to be yourself,” advises the learned Master.

 

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 fight Po.

 

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.

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author

 

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