ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
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Kristin Lai

The third installment of Jack Black's animated comedy hit Kung Fu Panda is almost here after years of waiting! The last time eager fans were able to follow the adventures of Po and friends was way back in 2011.

With the shockingly long list of A-list talent involved and their busy schedules, it's no wonder DreamWorks had to take its time. While I also appreciate that they're taking their time with the series to make sure it's done right, I'm definitely glad we're less than a year away from the release date.

Earlier this week DreamWorks gave us a sign of good faith by releasing the first official poster for Kung Fu Panda 3. This first promotional image promises more laughs, adventures, and, of course, dumplings:

In case you're wondering who all of those new pandas are at the bottom of the poster, the official premise of the new film is as follows:

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!

The cast of voice actors consists of more than a few familiar faces. So which voices, old and new, can we expect to hear in this sequel?

To name a few: Jack Black (Po), Bryan Cranston (Li), Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Dustin Hoffman (Master Shifu), Jackie Chan (Monkey), Seth Rogen (Mantis), Lucy Liu (Viper), David Cross (Crane), Rebel Wilson (Mei Mei), J.K. Simmons (Kai), James Hong (Mr. Ping), Randall Duh Kim (Oogway), and Steele Gagnon (Bao).

Kung Fu Panda 3 will premiere on January 29, 2016.

(Source: Moviefone)

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