ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

When DreamWorks' first Kung Fu Panda movie was released in the summer of 2008, I was prepared for a pretty decent animated movie. Little did I know I was walking into one of my favorite animated movies of all time.

With a star-studded cast, gorgeous animation, and unique storyline, it's no surprise that the Kung Fu Panda series is back for its third installment. The first (Chinese) trailer has been released, and from the looks of things, it won't disappoint. Not only do we see a female panda, an army of zombie-ish warriors, we see a totally terrifying villain! Check it out below:

If that trailer didn't tell enough of the story, here's the official synopsis for the film:

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!

A village of Kung Fu Pandas in training? Count me in!

Given the success of the films, the bulk of the original voice cast (Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman) are set to reprise their roles, plus a couple of awesome new additions including Bryan Cranston and Rebel Wilson.

In case you've forgotten just how incredible the actors behind this ragtag kung fu group is, we're going to go over who we can expect to hear from:

Jack Black – Po

Angelina Jolie – Tigress

Dustin Hoffman – Master Shifu

Jackie Chan – Monkey

Seth Rogen – Mantis

Lucy Liu – Viper

David Cross – Crane

James Hong – Mr. Ping

Bryan Cranston – Li

Kate Hudson – Mei-Mei

J.K. Simmons - Kai

J.K. Simmons as the villainous Kai? Now I understand why Po needs an entire village of Pandas to fight him.

DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation

From the looks of things, this guy seems like a force to be reckoned with, and I can't wait to see who plays him!

Kung Fu Panda 3 will hit theaters on January 29, 2016



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