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The "awesomeness" continues in "Kung Fu Panda 3," a charming and funny return for the roly-poly martial-arts master.
Po (voiced by Jack Black) faces new challenges as the Dragon Warrior when his master, Shifu (voiced by Dustin Hoffman), turns over teaching duties so Shifu can meditate and find his "chi," or life-force. But Po finds himself pulled away from his Furious 5 compatriots when his long-lost father, Li (voiced by Bryan Cranston), appears posing a threat to Po's adoptive father, the noodle-making goose Mr. Ping (voiced by James Hong).
A bigger threat arrives in the form of Kai (voiced by J.K. Simmons), a massive bull who has escaped the spirit world and seeks global domination.
Directors Jennifer Yuh Nelson (who directed "Kung Fu Panda 2") and Alessandro Carloni (a story artist on the first two films) give Po's adventures the same gorgeously stylized look as in the previous films and find good humor in Po's unexpected return to his fellow pandas.
'Kung Fu Panda 3'
Opening Friday, Jan. 29 at theaters everywhere; rated PG for martial-arts action and some mild rude humor; 95 minutes.