Directors Alessandro Carloni & Jennifer Yuh on ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’, Virtual Reality, and ‘Dark City’

     February 1, 2016

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DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3now playing in theaters, finds Po (Jack Black) stumbling upon his father Li (Bryan Cranston), who reveals to him the existence of a community of pandas living in secret. Directed by Jennifer Yuh and Alessandro Carloni, Kung Fu Panda 3 also features the voices of Angelina Jolie as Tigress, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Seth Rogen as Mantis, David Cross as Crane and Lucy Liu as Viper, with Dustin Hoffman reprising his role as Warrior trainer Master Shifu, and J.K. Simmons as the villainous Kai. Kate Hudson, James Hong and Randall Duk Kim also star.

At a recent Los Angeles press day, I was able to sit down with directors Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh. They talked about the changes that occurred from script to screen, specifically to Po’s father Li, the technological innovations that allowed them to be more creative on this film, the use of virtual reality to explore their movie’s sets, and a lot more. Check out what they had to say below.


Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh:

  • 0:35 – The directors joke about having to cut a big battle scene with Voltron.
  • 1:03 – Yuh reflects back on her work in the art department on Dark City.
  • 2:05 – Carloni talks about his first experience as a co-director on this film.
  • 3:00 – They talk about the changes that occurred from script to screen, specifically to Po’s father Li, played by Bryan Cranston.
  • 4:50 – They comment further on how Po’s father played into the story.
  • 5:40 – They talk about the technological innovations that allowed them to be more creative on this film.
  • 7:50 – They discuss the use of virtual reality to explore their movie’s sets and talk about whether or not this will be accessible to fans.
  • 10:09 – They talk briefly about beta-testing of VR marketing.

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