It’s definitely a family movie affair in the upcoming “Kung Fu Panda 3” as the lead actors’ voices, along with their brood’s voices, are in the movie! In recent interviews, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie Pitt and Dustin Hoffman shared that their children recorded voices in the latest installment of the blockbuster family global franchise.
Angelina, whose kids Pax, 12, Zahara, 10, Shiloh, 9, and Knox, 7, recorded animal voices for the movie, says that they weren’t really expecting to be in the movie, "They were kind of shy. They don't really want to be actors, but I didn't want them to miss the opportunity. They came in, and they had a lot of fun with it," shares Jolie Pitt.
Lead star Jack Black's son Sammy, 9, did voiceover too. "My boy actually has a voice in it, He plays one of the bunnies. I wish there was only one bunny so I could say, 'My boy plays the bunny,' but he's like one of the bunnies. There's like a thousand bunnies. Black says his kids are "stoked" about the movie, but said, "they have to be a little contrary. It's part of being a kid. It's like, your dad is not the cool one. No matter how cool your dad is they have to rebel against me."
Dustin Hoffman's grandson Gus is also heard in the movie. Additionally, franchise newcomer Kate Hudson says, "My kids have always loved the Kung Fu Pandas, so this is really exciting for me because, you know, I'm a cool mom right now."
Po’s (voiced by Jack Black) adventure began in “Kung Fu Panda,” where he fulfilled his destiny and became the Dragon Warrior. The film showcased amazing fight sequences, hilarious comedy and a lot of heart.
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Now, in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which has recently ruled the US box-office for weeks, Po’s adventure brings him full circle as he continues his evolution as a hero. Po realizes he still has a lot to learn when he leaves his comfort zone as a martial arts student to take on the responsibilities of a teacher. At the same time, he must bring together his biological family and his kung fu family – and become a master of the past and the future.
The first of those new challenges for Po is to make a daunting, if not insurmountable, professional transition. He’s been living large and loving life as the Dragon Warrior, until his beloved teacher Shifu presents Po with the next step in his evolution as the Kung Fu Panda: Po must become a teacher.
Po’s enthusiasm is contagious. Director Alessandro Carloni, another veteran of the trilogy, says: “In this film, Po must help others reach that same kind of epiphany and to embrace their unique qualities to become truly empowered.” Whatever the obstacles, Po never gives up. “He’s got a great attitude,” says screenwriter Glenn Berger. “Po is very positive and unrelenting, and no matter how many times he falls, he keeps getting back up.”
“Kung Fu Panda 3” opens today in cinemas nationwide from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox, and distributed by Warner Bros. The movie is available in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D screens.