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Published March 22nd 2016
Thou be Thee and Lit the Chi
Yo-Ho!! Po is back with a bang. Directors Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh Nelson bring to us the masterly crafted, action packed and lesson imbued third installment of the fantastic Kung Fu Panda franchise. While the two prequels were about discovering ones true self and finding inner peace, Kung Fu Panda 3 is infused with spiritual energy.

Kung Fu Panda 3
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The movie begins in the spirit realm which is now the abode of Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim). I must add that the film celebrates the extravagance of Chinese art, bringing it to life through excellent animation. Kai (J.K. Simmons), the evil intentioned master who was exiled to the spirit world for wrongfully trying to steal the art of chi (inner energy), has cunning plans to return. After having stolen the chi of other Masters, Kai confronts Oogway and is forewarned about the Dragon Warrior. Kai defeats Oogway in a clash and robs him of his chi to make a mighty comeback to Earth.

Kung Fu Panda 3, Jack Black, Po, Viper, Crane, Dustin Hoffman, Monkey, Mantis, Tigress, Master Shifu, Master Oogway, Kai, Angelina Jolie, Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Po (Copyright of DreamWorks Animation)

At the Jade Palace, Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) surprises everybody with the announcement of his retirement, appointing Po (Jack Black) his successor as the next Kung Fu teacher. A nervous and bewildered Po is disastrous as trainer leaving Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Crane (David Cross) and Viper (Lucy Liu) injured in the process. Disappointed and ashamed, he returns to his adoptive father Mr. Ping (James Hong). A bigger surprise awaits him there.

Kung Fu Panda 3, Jack Black, Po, Viper, Crane, Dustin Hoffman, Monkey, Mantis, Tigress, Master Shifu, Master Oogway, Kai, Angelina Jolie, Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson
The Fathers with the Son (Copyright of DreamWorks Animation)

Li Shan (Bryan Cranston) is introduced to Po as his dumpling-eating record breaker. Emotions clash, bellies bang as the two make a connection. It turns out to be a father and son reunion to the very chagrin of Mr. Ping.

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Kai (Copyright of DreamWorks Animation)

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Kai's Jade Attackers (Copyright of DreamWorks Animation)

Meanwhile Kai lands on Earth and uses the chi of the masters, incarnating them as Jade statues, to find the Dragon Warrior. The village is attacked and Po recognizes the Jade figurines as the long dead famous Kung Fu Masters. Kai, through his henchmen, speaks to Shifu and his disciples. Shuffling through old parchment, the group learns about the past connection between Oogway and Kai and the history of chi.

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Mei Mei & Po (Copyright of DreamWorks Animation)

The next deadly attack looming large, Po decides to accompany his father who promises to teach him chi at the secret panda village. Mr. Ping, afraid to lose Po to his biological father, insists on accompanying them. The three arrive at the elusive village. Po is instantly enraptured by the beauty of the place and his cute, cuddly, close-knit clan. But the pleasure is short-lived. Ahead lies the danger of Kai and the enormous task of mastering chi. Will the ties of blood stand the test of truth? That only time and a ticket to the movie will say.

Kung Fu Panda 3
In the Spirit Realm (Copyright of DreamWorks Animation)

Belief in self brings out every ounce of energy inside - is what rings throughout the film. Handsomely clad in fabulous colours and championed through 3D technology, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a splendid visual treat. Voices of some of Hollywood's most famous stars lend the movie an extra charm. Cheers to the directors and crew for the amazing work!

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