kung fu panda



By Alberto Arellano

“The Kung Fu Panda” franchise continues as the fourth movie will appear on the big screen on Friday.

 

The poster of Kung Fu Panda 4 premiering this Friday. Jack Black reprises his role in the film as Po. (UNIVERSAL PICTURES/EPK) 

 

The fourth film continues with Jack Black (“School of Rock” (2003)) at the helm along with Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians” (2018)), Viola Davis (“Fences” (2016)), Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man” (1988)), and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad” (2008)) reunited to take on the new saga. 

 

Po’s going to need help after being tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace. He is in need to find and train a new Dragon Warrior. He finds in the form crafty quick-witted thief, Zhen (Awkwafina), a corsac fox ho will under Po’s but with skills that are invaluable.

 

Po will discover that heroes can be found in the most unexpected line as him and Zhen on their quest to protect the Valley of Peace from Chameleon’s reptilian claws, the odd-couple duo will work together. 

 

The film was co-directed by Mike Mitchell (“Schrek Forever After” (2010) and Stephanie Ma Stine (“Raya and the Last Dragon” (2021)) and produced by Rebecca Huntley (“Aladdin” (1992)). 

 

This film was produced in collaboration with Universal Pictures.

 

“Stephanie brought a whole new flavor to the franchise and had such detailed information about the franchise,” said Mitchell in his collaboration with Ma Stine. “I’ve worked on these other ones, but Stephanie knew more about the previous ‘Kung Fu Panda’ movies.”

 

Mitchell emphasized on the maintaining the high standard for the film that included the interest in villains. 

 

“I think this has the best villains ever created from any animated film,” said Mitchell about the villains. “I just think these villains are so rich and so deep and so fascinating.”

 

Ma Stine has pushed to the adaption of storytelling in the one’s own fashion. 

 

“Everyone I’ve talked to, they’ve adapted, and they’ve found different ways to continue to be creative and tell their own stories,” said Ma Stine about the form of storytelling. “Whether we’ll still be seeing $100 million budget movies, that could be rarer. But there’s no way to kill the human creative spirit, and so no matter what is introduced, I don’t think people who really want to create will ever stop creating.”

 

The fans for the Kung Fu Panda franchise is expected to bring excitement of what the next chapter in the franchise will reveal.

 

The first Kung Fu Panda premiered in 2008 and has developed four different films including the holiday special in 2010.