The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - TB

Di­rected by Jennifer Yuh Nel­son, Alessan­dro Car­loni. Voices of Jack Black, An­gelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Bryan Cranston Po (Black) is strug­gling with his new teach­ing du­ties in the wake of Master Shifu’s (Hoffman) re­tire­ment. He re­treats home to his adop­tive fa­ther’s noo­dle shop, only to hap­pen upon Li Shan (Cranston), Po’s long-lost bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther. The lovely emo­tional ping-pong be­tween Black, Cranston and James Hong is only matched by the lovely an­i­ma­tion. The Kung Fu Panda fran­chise has al­ways been a hand­some beast, but here the ren­der­ing puts even Pixar in the shade. And the script an im­prove­ment on the sec­ond episode. PG cert, gen re­lease, 95 min

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