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Kung Fu Panda 3

by Cap'n Carrot on January 29, 2016 · 0 comments

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Building on the epilogue of Kung Fu Panda 2, the latest sequel introduces Po (Jack Black) to his father Li (Bryan Cranston) and an entire tribe of Pandas hidden away in a secret valley deep in the mountains. Along the way Po will also struggle with passing on his knowledge of Kung Fu in the role of teacher, first to the Furious Five and later to his Panda students, when an old threat returns and begins stealing the chi of Kung Fu masters across China.

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The new trailer for DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 shows us a bit more about Po (Jack Black) and reuniting with his biological father (Bryan Cranston) and return to his birthplace to train the Pandas to stand up to the villainous Kai (J.K. Simmons). Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and James Hong all return. Kung Fu Panda 3 opens in theaters on January 29th.

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Collecting seven more episodes of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Aweomeness, the third DVD release is named for Po‘s (Mick Wingertadventures as a masked vigilante who continues to fight crime after Kung Fu is outlawed. My favorite episode of the collection involves Shifu‘s (Fred Tatasciore) back injury and new bureacracy preventing the Furious Five to use Kung Fu to stop crime which forces Po to impersonate his master while strapping an over-medicated Shifu to his stomach.

Also included on the set are Fung (John DiMaggio) bringing Terra Cotta warriors to life, Po’s mistake which threatens to prolong a war between two gorilla armies, the unexpected difficulties which arise when Mr. Ping (James Hong) temporarily moves into the Jade Palace, the side effects of Mantis (Max Koch) choosing to drink a growth potion, and Po’s prank on Monkey (James Sieblowing up in his face.

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With the exception of Tigress (Kari Wahlgren), the entire Valley of Peace anxiously turns out when the contemplative Master Yao (Paul Rugg) arrives for one day offering a wonder and wisdom exchange from sun up to sun down by agreeing to answer a single question for every new wonder presented to them. While some, like Po (Mick Wingert), squander the opportunity on frivolous trivia, other such as Taotie (Wallace Shawn) use the unique situation to find the single answer he needs to complete his Sphere of Unerringly Accurate Acupressure and destroy the Dragon Warrior and the Furious Five.

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You have to love an episode of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness that basically becomes Godzilla before everything is said and done. Tired of being the smallest, and most overlooked, member of the Furious Five, Mantis (Max Koch) decides to drink a few sips of a black magic potion that “biggens” him to the same size as his teammates.

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Pandas? Still awesome.

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While hosting a Kung Fu tournament between the Furious Five and Po (Mick Wingert) and the warriors of the Onyx Temple, Shifu (Fred Tatasciore) becomes increasingly paranoid that Po and the visiting Master Chao (James Sie) are planning to replace him as the master of the Jade Palace. Shifu decides to enter the contest to prove he still has what it takes, meanwhile the real threat to the village comes in the form of the dangerous Kung Fu master Pai Mei (Clancy Brown) who arrives in the Valley of Peace just after all the masters except Chao have embarked on their competition.

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As Po (Mick Wingert) starts beating her regularly in combat Tigress (Kari Wahlgren) becomes increasingly competitive and jealous over how far the Dragon Warrior has come during his short stay in the Jade Palace. Trying to prove her superiority in concentration, Tigress accidentally lets loose Shifu‘s (Fred Tatasciore) meditation spheres which once belonged to the evil Master Ding (Enn Reitel).

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After two months of being cooped up in the Jade Palace unable to perform Kung Fu for without permits lost in a bureaucratic nightmare caused by the new regulations instigated by superintendent Woo (Ken Jeong), Po (Mick Wingert) and the Furious Five are finally granted permission to return to duty and deal with increased crime rate that has grown in their absence.

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The long delayed final issue of the Kung Fu Panda mini-series is sadly a disappointment. Until now the comic has done a good job capturing the fun of the films by putting a comic book spin on new stories featuring Po, the Furious Five, and others. Sadly that ends here with an issue that feels very phoned-in and cribbed directly from the current Kung Fu Panda TV-show.

In the main story Po is reunited with his ultra-competitive childhood friend Heng who has arrived to challenge the Dragon Warrior to best him in the “infinite obsta-gauntlet course of trapishness” the pair thought up as kids. The story has some fun moments, and a nice moral at the end as Po allows his friend to save face by beating him before finding a way to turn Heng’s complete waste of money into a profitable enterprise.

The back-up story is a direct lift from “The Scorpion’s Sting” (an episode of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) featuring Po’s quest to find a flower in the Forest of Isolation to save Tigress‘ life after she is poisoned. The story substitutes an armadillo for the scorpion but the only real change.

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