Po's third adventure in the big screen doesn't start until January of 2016, but the first official trailer was released just on time for Father's Day. Appropriately the trailer highlights the first chance meeting between Po's biological father Li, voiced by none other than Bryan Cranston. The two are so oblivious that they fail to realize the person they're talking about is each other.
Kung Fu Panda 3 has been in development since 2012, without any news of a premiere date for almost 3 years. But with the release of the trailer, we can finally confirm that the movie is on track for 2016 with a wider international release. According to Hollywood Reporter, Dreamworks Animation was given a co-production status in China. Other news sources revealed that the studio had lost a large amount of money during the years which pushed them to undergo some major reorganization. This lead to layoffs and a smaller release date for the movie.
The status received in China gives the film a chance for a more mainstream release in said country. This is given to a movie when part of production was done in China, or there is a filming location used in the country. It should be noted that China has been a large source of revenue for blockbusters, so this bodes well for the animated feature. This status also allows the movie to be treated as a domestic film, meaning they won't be included in China's import quota that limits the films that can be sold to the country.
Originally the film was set for a December 2015 release date, but Dreamworks pushed the film's release to January 29, 2016 to avoid competition with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This move allows the film to achieve a wider audience. Another movie that had to be pushed due to major competition was Warcraft, which moved its release date to next year.
Based on the movie summary, Po will finally meet his father and takes him to a secret panda paradise to meet new panda characters. But a supernatural evil is sweeping the nation, defeating all the Kung Fu masters. In order to defeat this new villain, Po must then train a village full of pandas the art of Kung Fu.
Cast includes Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan and the rest of the original cast from the previous Kung Fu Panda films. Newcomers include Bryan Cranston as Po's father, Rebel Wilson and Mads Mikkelsen, though it is not yet known who will be the villain among them. The movie is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni.