THE WEIGHT IS OVER.
At the same time as Po is trying to handle his new role as a teacher, he also meets his real father and has to battle a spirit warrior. Another 3D adventure with the panda whose most dangerous nemesis seems to be stairs. Po’s reunited with all the lovable supporting characters from the earlier movies and the film explores his ties to the panda community that he was removed from. Bryan Cranston and Jack Black are great fun together as father and son and the film is magnificently designed and animated. But all the creativity in that field can’t quite disguise the fact that the story feels less innovative.
2016-U.S.-China. Animated. 95 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni. Voices of Jack Black (Po), Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Dustin Hoffman (Shifu), Bryan Cranston, J.K. Simmons, Lucy Liu… Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Kate Hudson, Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Trivia: Four of Jolie’s children have small talking parts. Rebel Wilson was allegedly first cast in Hudson’s role.