“Kung Fu Panda 3” is a trilogy about the same film told with different villains. Fans might bring up the adoption angle as the differential, but that aspect has always been there. It gets a bit of lip service in the second film that is quickly revisited with Bryan Cranston’s character in this entry. That being said, what’s there to tell this film apart from a really long cartoon episode. Nothing really changes, but an addition to the cast.

The old Kung-Fu masters, the one shot villains and the martial arts comedy remains. But, it’s hitting the same notes over and over and over again. If you’re a young kid, then you enjoy the kid equivalent of a Greatest Hits album on a loop. If you’re older, you keep wondering how they moved the last third of “Three Amigos” to a Chinese Mountain Panda Sanctuary. You don’t wonder too long, as you have better things to do today.

While it’s not the storytelling dynamo that was the second film, “Kung Fu Panda 3” succeeds in the hard work of closing a trilogy. Whatever happens to Po now is up to DreamWorks, but I’d love to see something new. No more training, teaching, etc. I want to see Po as the Kung Fu legend that we’ve been promised. The two all-new shorts on the special features helps out with that, but is it enough? Do we have to follow the animated series to get what we’re missing in the movies? It’s a bit much, but it keeps my kid entertained. So, I’ll make it work. Listen to me acting put out by a kiddie movie. I would’ve ignored all of these problems if it was new when I was 6 or 7. But, all I had was “Karate Kid Part 2”.


  • 2 new animated shorts
  • Featurettes
  • Karaoke
  • and more!


  • 2.35:1 standard definition transfer
  • DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track


  • 97%
    Video - 97%
  • 98%
    Audio - 98%
  • 92%
    Supplemental Material - 92%

The Plot Thus Far

Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.

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