In 2008, not many would have imagined that the story of Kung Fu Panda would have reached such an enormous success.
The first chapter of this franchise earned $631 million at the global box office, becoming the highest-grossing original animated film in the history of DreamWorks.
Overall, the Kung Fu Panda franchise grossed $1.8 billion globally, and its story has been adapted to video games, toys, books, and two very successful TV series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness on US Nickelodeon and Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight which premiered on Netflix in July 2022.
The incredible popularity the film series has been able to build upon, not just its audience and box office, but also upon movie critics is connected to the important values of self-confidence, family, and faith that it teaches.
The story of this shy and clumsy panda, who finds out he has been chosen to become the “Dragon Warrior” and despite other people’s prejudices, works hard to realize his dreams and protect his family and home, is something different.
It is not just an animated movie to watch and then forget. It is something that stays with you and make you think about the real importance of yours and society’s opinion about yourself.
Not much information has been released about the fourth chapter of the saga. All we know is that the film is set to premiere in two years on March 8, 2024 and that Jack Black will return to voice the protagonist of the series, Po.
Fans around the world are very curious to know if any members of the previous cast and crew will return in this last one.
Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and James Hong were part of the cast of the original trilogy ended in 2016.
Moreover, many are wondering who the director will be, as nothing has been confirmed yet. Previously, John Stevenson and Mark Osborne directed the first film, while Jennifer Yuh Nelson did the two sequels, the latter of which she co-directed with Alessandro Carloni.