Kung Fu Panda 3 HD Digital Ultraviolet Vudu or iTUNES Code
Po and the Furious Five are back in the hilarious and critically-acclaimed hit film your whole family will love! When Po discovers a secret village of fun-loving, clumsy pandas, he must train them to defeat Kai, a supernatural villain who threatens to destroy Kung Fu.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe best Kung Fu Panda so far!
By strugglebuggy on February 18, 2016
Format: HD Digital Code
I have to admit I went into this somewhat reluctantly. It was family movie night with my four year-old and this was the only viable option. I had seen the first two and liked them, but just wasn't really in the mood for an animated kids' movie, but my wife and son talked me into seeing it with them in 3D. Good move, because I absolutely loved it, probably more than they did, and was genuinely moved by its heart and wisdom, not to mention the stunning 3D animation.
The storyline follows Po as he continues his journey of self-discovery, trying to understand who he is, how to become a teacher rather than a students, and fulfill his destiny as the Dragon Warrior. All of this becomes very complicated when his long-lost biological father enters the picture and all of his friends and mentors are vanquished by the vengeful supernatural villain Kai, who absorbs their spirit energy to make himself more powerful. To stand up to him, Po must face all of his fears and insecurities and discover the secrets of harnessing his chi. Obviously, there are a lot of references to Eastern mysticism and spirituality, but I felt they were handled very well and without being dogmatic or offensive to people who do not share those beliefs.
As far as visuals go, the animation here was top notch and I have a hard time remembering a movie that made such good use of 3D. The colors were magnificent and there was such depth to every little detail that it's hard to imagine Dreamworks improving on the level of the animation here... just amazing.
Another strong point is the vocal performances. The level of talent lending their voices here is very impressive: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston as Po's long-lost father, J.K. Simmons as the evil Kai, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, the list just goes on and on and they are all excellent here. the jokes are funny, the writing is sharp, and most of all, the comedic timing is right on.
I left the theater in a great mood, genuinely moved and impressed by what I had seen. As a parent of a young child, I've had to sit through so many crass, poorly conceived, badly written kids movies that substitute pratfalls and fart jokes for story and character, so it was so refreshing to see something like this. It has a strong and uplifting positive message and everyone involved seemed very invested in it and at the top of their game.
In short, I can't recommend it highly enough.