The first official trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 has been released online. Directed by Jennifer Yuh and Alessandro Carloni, the film 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. This trailer really doesn’t delve into the plot as it’s very much a teaser, but we do get to see the moment of reunion between Po and Li, and it’s played wonderfully by Black and Cranston.
This sequel has suffered a couple of delays, initially being pushed up to Christmas 2015 before DreamWorks subsequently opted to move the release to the following year after Star Wars: The Force Awakens laid claim to basically the entire month of December. Following a string of misfires, DreamWorks Animation is currently undergoing a pretty significant evolution, as the studio has opted to abandon its practice of releasing two or three films a year in favor of focusing on less quantity, more quality. Here’s hoping Kung Fu Panda 3 kicks off this new chapter with a bang.
Watch the official trailer below, via DreamWorks. Opening January 29, 2016 in 3D, the film also features the voices of Rebel Wilson as Mei Mei, 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. James Hong and Randall Duk Kim also star.
Watch the new Kung Fu Panda 3 trailer below, via DreamWorks.
Here’s the official synopsis for Kung Fu Panda 3:
In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!