For the first two Kung Fu Panda movies, we believed that Jack Black's character Po was the last surviving Panda.
But we were wrong! The third installment of the hit animated franchise follows the clumsy bear protagonist after he has a chance run in with his estranged biological father Li, voiced by Bryan Cranston!
Li brings Po back to a secret panda village where the population has been in hiding, where meets a bunch of brand new characters — including an aspiring ribbon dancer panda Mei Mei voiced by the very funny Rebel Wilson!
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Black explains that being reunited with his kind will be a bit of a shock for the character, but there is a lot of fun we can expect from the bear bunch! He said:
"Lo and behold, there's a secret panda village. There's intense rejoicing as I am reunited with my people. There are even cute baby pandas. Those guys are going to be the life of the party, for sure."
But the new film isn't all fun — there's also a menacing supernatural villain called Kai who poses a threat to the village, so Po has to train his kin in martial arts to defeat him!
Wow, it sounds like they saved the best story of the series for the closing of the DreamWorks trilogy!
Check out the new characters and adorable baby pandas in the photos above and go see Kung Fu Panda 3 in theaters January 29!
[Image via DreamWorks.]
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