Proving that there is plenty of gas left in its martial arts tank, Kung Fu Panda 3 manages to entertain families at home just like it did in the theaters. Released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the “Awesome Edition” of DreamWorks Animation’s engaging film offers plenty of fun extras to liven up family movie night.
The third entry in the series finds the loveable Po (Jack Black) struggling with his confidence. Although he has proven himself to be worthy of the Dragon Warrior moniker, Po has problems adapting to the responsibilities that come with the title. One of which includes dealing with seemingly unstoppable foes like the Chi-stealing villain name Kai (J.K. Simmons). Learning that his birth farther, Li (Bryan Cranston), is still alive, and that pandas may hold the secret to mastering “Chi,” Po embarks on a journey to a secret village in the mountains that will open his eyes to a panda lifestyle he never knew existed.
Kung Fu Panda 3 does not deviate much from the franchise’s established structure. Po doubts himself, learns some valuable lessons from those around him, and realizes that he indeed had what it takes inside him all along. This time around, however, directors Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh bring a wonderful sense of mysticism to the proceedings. The emphasis on Chi also opens up new avenues for the film from both an action and animation standpoint.
Carloni and Yuh have crafted the best looking film in the series to date. The fluid and beautiful imagery helps to bring added life to the father-son narrative at the film’s core. It is in the interplay between Po, Li, and Po’s adopted father Mr. Ping (James Hong), where the film offers some of its most humorous moments. However, in all its light-hearted sequences, the film never loses sight of its overall message. The film wants the viewer to feel empowered by their own abilities. Just as Po, Li, and Mr. Ping must learn to navigate each other in their own way, Kung Fu Panda 3 succeeds in conveying the importance of finding ways to utilize one’s unique strengths.
Special Features include:
- 2 All-new Kung Fu Panda Animated Shorts
- ”Everybody Loves A Panda Party” Karaoke with Po
- Make a Panda Party Paper Pal
- The Origin of “Skadoosh”