Jack Black returns as the voice of Po in this decent second sequel in the saga of the Panda warrior and his warrior cronies.
This time out, Po encounters his long lost dad Li (the warm growl of Bryan Cranston), who takes him to the land of the pandas so that he can learn the powers of his chi. Such an advancement in his warrior techniques is absolutely essential for the lands are being threatened by a spirit realm warrior named Kai (J.K. Simmons voicing what I think is some sort of super muscular yak typed thing).
The stuff with Po and Li is cute, with the added element of Po’s adopted dad (James Hong) being a little jealous. There’s a cool psychedelic look at times, and the animated series continues to impress on artistic levels.
The story feels a bit like a repeat of the previous two. That’s okay, but doesn’t necessarily place this chapter high on the originality scale. I’ll say this for the film: with a voice cast that includes Black, Cranston, Simmons, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Kate Hudson, David Cross, Jackie Chan and Angelina Jolie, Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts one of history’s all time great performer lineups (as far as animated movies are concerned).
This one is good enough to ensure there will be more chapters to come.