This is just the week of the animated trailer release! Today we got the Kung Fu Panda 3.
I may be in the minority on this one but I am not a fan of this trailer. To me it is more of the same from Dreamworks. A bloated celebrity voice cast, lots of lame jokes and cheap sentimentality.
Kung Fu Panda was charming with a solid script if not particularly original story (Basically the Ugly Duckling meets Karate Kid). It had just enough humor and sweetness to carry the day and I enjoyed it.
I know some on this blog disagree with me but I thought Kung Fu Panda 2 was a significant upgrade. Not only was the animation much better (some of Dreamworks best) but it ditched a lot of the humor for a pretty cool quest story. The villain was very creepy and I loved the way we actually got to see the Furious 5 fleshed out. Instead of being background for Po we saw why they were legends and got to get their personalities, weaknesses and strengths. It was pretty fun.
So after that big step up to get a retread of the first one is a major letdown. I mean how many times have we gotten the estranged son trying to bond with his Dad scenario…so much so they made fun of it in Toy Story 2. I always try to have an open mind and it is just a teaser but my initial response was definitely not excitement for Kung Fu Panda 3.
Dreamworks why do you hate me!