Jack Black returns as Po, the world’s most
awesome martial arts practising panda. I’m Jan and this is 27 Awesome Things You
Probably Didn’t Know About Kung Fu Panda 3! To play the awesome Kung Fu Panda Po, Jack
Black says he channels his younger self when he was just starting out as an actor. Black
taps into his own boundless passion for rock and roll and acting and uses that to guide
his performance as the kung-fu-loving Po. Much of the look of Kung Fu Panda 3 is based
on a trip the filmmakers took to China. For example, a lot of the architecture in the
Panda Village references what they saw during their visit to Mount Qing Cheng, an important
spiritual centre as well as a natural home for pandas. The filmmakers also spent a couple of days
observing pandas at the Chengdu Panda Base, a research and breeding centre for giant pandas
in China. Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson even got to hold a very sleepy baby panda on her
lap! The movie’s creative crew then drew on their observations of how pandas move and
roll to bring their own animated pandas to life. To get the right look for the movie’s scroll
which tells the backstory of Oogway and Kai, the filmmakers took cues from a real-life
scroll called “Along the River During the Qingming Festival”, which is such an important
and famous work of art that it’s said to be China’s Mona Lisa. DreamWorks and their Shanghai-based sister
company Oriental DreamWorks worked together to create two versions of Kung Fu Panda 3
with the same story and characters but with the characters animated so that they speak
in sync with either English or Mandarin. More than 200 people worked on both versions
of the film at Oriental DreamWorks, and helped add to the movie’s cultural authenticity,
for example, by advising on new female panda Mei Mei’s costume, and suggesting the inclusion
of traditional Chinese food in certain scenes. Jackie Chan, who voices Monkey in the English-language
Kung Fu Panda movies, also provides the voice of Po’s biological father, Li, in the Mandarin
version of Kung Fu Panda 3. Speaking of Jackie Chan, because voice actors
for animated movies typically record their parts separately, Kung Fu Panda star Jack
Black still hasn’t met Jackie Chan despite this being their third Kung Fu Panda movie
together! Jack Black actually did some kung fu training
himself for the Kung Fu Panda movies, and when he’s recording his lines for Po’s action
scenes, he likes to do a little kung fu in the sound booth to make it sound more realistic. Before the Kung Fu Panda animators made their
first movie together, not only did they binge on a ton of kung fu movies, but they also
took a kung fu class with top wushu coach and stunt co-ordinator Eric Chen in order
to give them an insight into how the untrained Po would feel facing someone accomplished
in martial arts. Animator and story artist Rodolphe Guenoden,
who’s worked on all three Kung Fu Panda movies, happens to have over 20 years’ experience
with martial arts, so he’s supervised the kung fu choreography on all the films.
He also continued the animation crew’s martial arts training with his own kung fu classes,
which helped the animators break down how each character would move, for example how
they should position their feet or their hips. To create the sound of Po flying and jumping,
the movie’s sound editors lined up a load of microphones along one of 20th Century Fox’s
soundstages and then released a taut bungee cord, which gave them “an incredible five-second-long
sound with an elastic and spongy quality.” When it came to the Spirit Realm, the movie’s
sound editors used a variety of Chinese musical instruments to generate the range of sounds
they wanted for Po’s chi or energy force and the villainous Kai’s chi.
But because many of the Spirit Realm scenes are about inner stillness, they actually reduced
the number of sounds they used and concentrated on just those sounds that they needed to show
the characters’ emotional state. To produce the sound of pandas bouncing and
rolling along, the sound editors made their own musical instrument called a “gut-bucket”,
which is essentially a large tin wash basin that they turned upside down and cut a hole
in and then attached a stick and thread. For the movie’s fight scenes, the sound editors
took the characteristic “whoosh” sounds you hear in classic kung fu movies and expanded
on them, creating more than a thousand “whooshes” for Kung Fu Panda 3. The original idea for the movie’s jade warriors
came from Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro who is executive producer
for Kung Fu Panda 3. And the design of the Master Porcupine jade
zombie goes all the way back to the first Kung Fu Panda movie when the franchise’s character
designer Nico Marlet did a sketch of a porcupine doctor doing acupuncture using his own quills
as needles! Angelina Jolie is back as the voice of Tigress,
and this time she’s joined by four of her children, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and Knox, who
cameo as characters including the panda triplets. While Knox’s co-star siblings have already
appeared alongside their parents in other movies, Kung Fu Panda 3 is actually Knox’s
first big-screen performance. But the Jolie-Pitt kids weren’t the only ones
getting in on the Kung Fu Panda 3 act. Jack Black’s son Sammy provided the voice of one
of the movie’s bunnies. And Dustin Hoffman’s grandson Gus was super-excited
to voice one of the panda villager kids when he visited his granddad during one of his
recording sessions for the film. Kate Hudson had such fun playing the super-confident,
ribbon-dancing panda Mei Mei that she broke down laughing at the end of a couple of takes
that actually made it into the final movie. To cover the sound of her laughter, the filmmakers
had to layer the end of her lines with the cheering voices of the crowd! In fact, Kate Hudson felt a special connection
to the movie because her own family had a feng shui artist who spent a lot of time at
their home and also they often did tai chi exercises as a family. Oh, and speaking of Mei Mei, she was originally
going to be played by Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson, but Wilson had to drop out of the
movie when the production schedule was extended. Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen was also initially
set to play the movie’s villain but bowed out, after which the Oscar-winning star of
Whiplash JK Simmons joined the cast to play the villainous Kai. Like many of the Kung Fu Panda team, editor
Clare Knight has worked on all three movies in the franchise.
But for Clare, it’s been a real family affair. While making the first movie, she met and
married her husband, actor Wayne Knight, who voiced a role in the film. Knight is probably
best known as Newman in the TV comedy Seinfeld and as Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park.
While making Kung Fu Panda 2, Clare gave birth to her son, Liam, who provides the voice of
Baby Po in the movie. And Clare’s husband and son are both back
voicing Big Fun, Hom-Lee, and Lei Lei for Kung Fu Panda 3. Remember the first Kung Fu Panda movie, which
opened with Po imagining himself as a hero so deadly that his enemies would go blind
from pure awesomeness? Well, there’s a cool call-back to that opening sequence in Kung
Fu Panda 3’s climactic confrontation. While making the movie, Alessandro Carloni,
who co-directed Kung Fu Panda 3 with Jennifer Yuh Nelson, decided to take a leaf of out
of Po’s book. So, when the movie’s animators showed him something he really liked, instead
of just okaying it and moving on, he jumped around enthusiastically, embracing the kind
of passion Po shows in the films. And one of director Alessandro Carloni’s favourite
scenes in the movie takes place between Po and his father Li in the Hall of Heroes. Li
tries on a suit of armour and playfully headbutts Po in the side, which reminded Carloni of
a moment he shared with his own father. Carloni is really into motorbikes and one day he and
his dad put on motorbike helmets and his dad started playing around bumping into him. Now, who’s your favourite villain in the Kung
Fu Panda movies and why? And what would you like to see happen in the
next Kung Fu Panda movie? Let me know in the comments below!
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31 thoughts on “27 AWESOME Facts About KUNG FU PANDA 3!

  1. Guys, how excited are you for the new Kung Fu Panda movie?!
    And who's your favourite character in the series?

  2. I think on the next movie, Master Oogway will be able to get back to the mortal realm, using his powerful chi. And remember when Kai said, " With Oogway's chi I will be able to return to the mortal world"……..

  3. I would want a female villain who is very stealthy,lightning quick and badass,. And I want Po's mother to be somehow bought back to life because I want to know her personality in detail.

    My wishes for Kung Fu Panda 4.

    Pritish Shakya

  4. i like all villians
    tai lung (great backstory for revenge)
    shen (amazing fighting style and how this movie gave of to part 3)
    kai (love his blades and his eyes and whenever they show him he has an amzing sound track-arrival of kai)

  5. my favourite bad guy is still tylung but In the next kung fu panda movie I won't to see all the jade masters meet up with po and the furious 5 in the spirit relm to change tylung, kia and that chikin guy into good jade masters which then they all go and fight a an evil god named zorgon and then all the jade masters fight him but at the beginning of the fight po gets double kicked in to the air which at that point he makes a remake of all the jade masters and by time he lands on the ground the evil god has just finished Knocking out all the jade masters but when po lands with all the chi versions of the jade masters they all start doing chi together as one and they banish him to the mortle relm were he terns out to be a little squril

  6. My ideas for Kung Fu Panda 4:
    Kai, lord Shen and Ty Lung meet each other and forge an alliance against Po and the furious 5.

  7. I like all of them, the concept of tai lung was very cool as he became bad because of shifu in a way as shifu promised him he'd b the dragon warrior but when oogway turned him down he felt cheated by shifu
    Lord Shen was very memorable and a very sleek character, unlike most villains he wasn't a big guy he was rather small but was very intelligent
    And finally Kai, he was soo cool and friken beast who beat tai lung, need i say more?

  8. I like the kung fu panda 4 I wonder if the movie was the villain is poe brother is bin missing but Poe's father bin laying all also, but the director of the movie

  9. Wow! I never imagined there being a Kung Fu Panda 4. I imagined there being a prequel about Master Oogway & Kai.

  10. I like Shen. He plays an important role in Po’s life in a way that has helped Po to be where he was. In Kung Fu Panda 4, I want to see things go deeper in the relationship between Po and Tigress, since it has been going around that Tigress is considered to be the love interest of Po, which is something that I support as well. Besides, every scene in the Kung Fu Panda Franchise that involves moments between Po and Tigress has already given signs that Tigress is obviously the love interest of Po.

  11. Ti lung I dont know why I like him so much manby bycus he's a lost chiyold and I like that or by cus is just cool him he has that tunasity that reel wiyold cat's hav =D

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