DreamWorks Animation has changed the Kung Fu Panda 3 released date from March 18, 2016 to January 29, 2016. This will put the animated sequel up against the drama The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine, the YA film The 5th Wave, and an untitled horror film from New Line Cinema. It wouldn’t shock me if Kung Fu Panda 3 ended up winning the weekend since the first two movies have raked in $1.3 billion worldwide. People love animals that know karate.
DreamWorks Animation also needs a hit. The company has been sliding over the past few years (people have finally caught on that their films are largely lazy and forgettable), and Kung Fu Panda is a solid franchise for the studio.
Jack Black will return as the voice of Po in the film, and the rest of the voice cast includes Gary Oldman, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Yeoh, Mads Mikkelsen, Danny McBride, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, James Hong, and Bryan Cranston.
Here’s the plot synopsis:
Continuing on his now legendary adventures of awesomeness, Po must face two hugely epic, but very different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home. This chapter in the continuing adventures of Kung Fu Panda is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who also helmed the worldwide hit Kung Fu Panda 2 and features a script by series writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.