Kung Fu Panda 3

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Kung Fu Panda 3
Kung Fu Panda 3 logo.png
Official logo
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Alessandro Carloni
Produced by Melissa Cobb
Written by Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Starring Jack Black
Angelina Jolie
Dustin Hoffman
Lucy Liu
Seth Rogen
Jackie Chan
David Cross
James Hong
Rebel Wilson
Mads Mikkelsen
Bryan Cranston
J.K. Simmons
Music by Hans Zimmer[1]
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • March 18, 2016 (2016-03-18)
Country United States
Language English

Kung Fu Panda 3 is an upcoming 3D American-Chinese[2] computer-animated action comedy martial arts film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and Oriental DreamWorks,[3] and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, with Alessandro Carloni serving as co-director. The film is written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, produced by Melissa Cobb, and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro. It is the sequel to the 2011 film Kung Fu Panda 2 and third installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. The film stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, David Cross, Rebel Wilson, Mads Mikkelsen, Bryan Cranston and J.K. Simmons. The film is scheduled to be released on March 18, 2016.


Po reunites with his biological father and returns to his birthplace, where he does not fit in.[4] There he meets Mei Mei, an overly eager panda, who has been promised in an arranged marriage to Po.[4] But, Po's return is threatened by an evil spirit called The Collector, who steals powers of defeated kung fu masters.[4] In addition, Po must face another danger that is closer to his home.[5]



In 2010, DreamWorks Animation's CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg announced that Kung Fu Panda has 6 chapters to it.[9] In July 2012, Kung Fu Panda 3 was officially confirmed by Bill Damaschke, DWA's chief creative officer.[10]

The film will be made as a co-production between DreamWorks Animation and Oriental DreamWorks, a Shanghai based studio, founded in 2012 as a partnership between DreamWorks Animation and Chinese companies. One third of the film will be made in China, and the rest in the United States, at DWA.[11][12] This is the first time that any major American animated feature film has been co-produced with a Chinese firm.[3] The filmmakers are working closely with Chinese censors to assure the film's acceptability to the state.[13] As a film with a co-production status in China, it will allow the production companies to circumvent the country's strict import quota and take a larger share (43%)[14] of box-office revenue.[12]

The film is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and produced by Melissa Cobb, written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger with Guillermo del Toro as executive producer.[15] Del Toro said in an interview that the antagonist is "the most formidable villain yet".[16] On April 9, 2013, it was announced that Rebel Wilson, Bryan Cranston and Mads Mikkelsen would join the cast of the film.[5] In February 2015, it was reported that Alessandro Carloni had joined Yuh as a co-director. According to the report, Carloni, who was an animation supervisor on the first film and a story artist on the second, joined Yuh following her request to strengthen "the director's bench" to ensure that the film is completed in a timely manner.[17]


On July 25, 2014, it was announced Hans Zimmer would return to score the film.[1]


In September 2012, it was announced Kung Fu Panda 3 would be released on March 18, 2016.[15] On April 9, 2013, it was announced that the film's release date was pushed up from March 18, 2016, to December 23, 2015.[5] In December 2014, the film was moved back to its original release date of March 18, 2016, to avoid competition with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[18]

Planned sequels[edit]

In 2010, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said that the Kung Fu Panda film series would consist of six chapters.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Hans Zimmer to Return for ‘Kung Fu Panda 3′". Film Music Reporter. July 25, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Clifford Coonan (January 23, 2015). "'Kung Fu Panda 3' Gets Co-Production Status in China". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b DreamWorks Animation (August 6, 2012). "Rising Dreams in the Orient: Oriental DreamWorks To Establish Headquarters in Xuhui" (Press release). PR Newswire. Archived from the original on December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Cooke, Nick (January 2015). "Living the Dream". Toy World. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h DreamWorks Animation (April 9, 2013). "DreamWorks Animation Packs A Powerful Punch With New Cast Additions For Kung Fu Panda 3" (Press release). PR Newswire. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Kung Fu Panda 3 (2015)". Cinema Blend. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ Gallagher, Brian (December 11, 2014). "‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Gets New 2016 Release Date". MovieWeb. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.rotoscopers.com/2015/03/12/kung-fu-panda-3-new-characters-synopsis-teaser-trailer-update/
  9. ^ a b O'Hara, Helen (December 3, 2010). "Katzenberg Talks DreamWorks Sequels". Empire. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ Oldham, Stuart; Maxwell, Erin (July 12, 2012). "Comic-Con: D'Works fires up 'Kung Fu Panda 3'". Variety. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "DreamWorks Animation SKG Management Discusses Q3 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript". Seeking Alpha. November 1, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Tsui, Clarence (June 17, 2013). "'Kung Fu Panda 3' to Begin Production in August". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ Michael Cieply; Brooks Barnes (January 14, 2013). "To Get Movies Into China, Hollywood Gives Censors a Preview". The New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ Jaafar, Ali (January 23, 2015). "‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ To Get China Co-Production Status". Deadline. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b DreamWorks Animation (September 9, 2012). "New Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Unveils DreamWorks Animation's Release Slate Through 2016". DreamWorks Animation. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  16. ^ Chitwood, Adam (November 12, 2012). "Guillermo del Toro Talks Puss in Boots 2, Kung Fu Panda 3 & Trollhunters; Says Panda 3 Has the 'Most Formidable Villain in the Series'". Collider.com. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ Patten, Dominic (February 24, 2015). "‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ Gets Co-Director As DWA Looks To Shore Up Franchises". Deadline. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ "'Kung Fu Panda 3' Moves Out of 2015 to Avoid 'Star Wars'". The Hollywood Reporter. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 

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