“If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than you are now.” That wise quote helps our ursine hero tromp into his third theatrical outing. “Incredible power” awaits Po on the next step of his journey — the first since the initial sequel racked up $665M worldwide in 2011. Here’s the final trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3, again starring Jack Black as the rotund martial artist. In this episode, he reconnects with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston) in a cutesy sorta way and they venture to a secret paradise teeming with fun-loving pandas. But when the supernatural villain Kai (fellow franchise rookie J.K. Simmons) begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must train the clumsy villagers — including Mei Mei (Kate Hudson, another first-timer) in the fine art of kicking butt.
Kung Fu Panda regulars Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, James Hong, David Cross and Randall Duk Kim are back for more in the threequel from Jennifer Yuh Nelson — who helmed KFP2 — and Alessandro Carloni. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who penned the first two films, scripted this one too.
Kung Fu Panda 3, which scored official China co-production status, originally was set to open December 23. But there was that little space opera sequel to contend with, so brass pushed its release to March 2016. Now it’s set to hit domestic multiplexes on January 29 via Fox. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think.