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  • The film was originally scheduled to be released on December 23, 2015, but the studio delayed release to avoid directly competing with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
  • The first and only "Kung Fu Panda" film to be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, eight years ago since the end of DreamWorks Animation's deal with Paramount Pictures in 2012.
  • Rebel Wilson was the original choice for Mei Mei, but dropped out due to schedule conflicts and was replaced by Kate Hudson.
  • Jamie Campbell Bower was cast to voice Po's biological father, but was replaced by Bryan Cranston. Neither voiced Po's father at the end of Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), instead being voiced by Fred Tatasciore (who also voiced Shifu in the Kung Fu Panda video games, and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011)).
  • Kai is the first Kung Fu Panda villain to not have an English accent.
  • This has been the longest wait for a sequel to a previous DreamWorks computer-animated film to date, being released five years after Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011). This would later be exceeded in 2020 by The Croods 2 (2020), releasing 7 1/2 years after The Croods (2013).
  • This is the first time that any major American animated feature film has been co-produced with a Chinese firm.
  • One third of the film was made in China, and the rest was made in the United States, at DreamWorks Animation studios.
  • This is the first animated film of 2016 to star J.K. Simmons, the other being Zootopia (2016), which is also a film about Anthropomorphic Animals.
  • Four of Angelina Jolie's children, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, and Zahara Jolie-Pitt, are voice extras when Po talks to the pandas about a game plan.
  • This is the first Kung Fu Panda film where Tigress wears different clothes. In the first and second films, she wore a red qipao with golden vine patterns and black pants. In this film, she wears a long-sleeved yellow tunic with red vine patterns and black pants.
  • The CEO of DreamWorks confirmed that this is not the last movie in the franchise, and that three more Kung Fu Panda films are planned.
  • During the traveling montage Po and his father endure on their way to the secret panda village, they pass by two large stones that sit on an equally stone-like terrain, and are slanted toward the right of the screen. Shrek and Donkey pass by these same stones on their way to Fiona's castle in Shrek (2001).
  • Kai's theme is actually a remix of the Imagine Dragons song "I'm So Sorry."
  • Kai, the main villain, closely resembles the chief enemy in Po's dream, at the beginning of Kung Fu Panda (2008). Some other characters in the dream also resemble some of the Masters prisoners of Kai.
  • David Cross (Crane) and J.K. Simmons (Kai) previously appeared Megamind (2010), another film by Dreamworks Animation. This is their second collaboration.
  • Po's voice actor from the Kung Fu Panda video games and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011), Mick Wingert, voiced the goose and rabbit farmers in this film.
  • Master Porcupine's design came from concept art of a porcupine that was using his quills to practice acupuncture. This design was initially intended to be used in the first film.
  • Four of the Jombie Masters can be seen as they appeared in life in Po's room: Master Porcupine was gray with orange robes, the Master Badger Twins were black with yellow robes, and Master Gorilla was shown to resemble Lord Shen's gorilla warriors from Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011).
  • On General Kai's chain belt, with the chi amulets of Masters that had died, are several Masters that he did not use. Among them can be seen, the amulets of Masters Elephant, Hippo, Thundering Rhino from the second film, Lizard, Komodo, Frog, Crab, and Tai Lung himself, indicating that Tai Lung was banished to the Spirit Realm when Po used the Wuxi Finger Hold on him in Kung Fu Panda (2008).
  • Kai's name was initially going to be Tian Sha, which means "ferocious (spirit) from heaven", and the characters separately mean "heaven" and "evil spirit" respectively. In the Chinese dub of the film, his name remains Tian Sha.
  • Kai's original appearance would have had him with four arms, to resemble a character that was drawn in development for the first film, known as the "Four-Armed Yak Demon God on Fire", who initially would have served as a member of Tai Lung's gang.
  • Initially, Character Designer Nicolas Marlet designed scarab jombies, to serve as sidekicks to Kai, amongst them, were some that had flame designs and ribbons, like Chinese dancers.
  • The jombies were animated to skip some frames throughout their movements to be in direct contrast to the living masters, who are more fluid in movements.
  • Kai was previously reported to be voiced by Mads Mikkelsen, who dropped from the film, due to his character being re-written.
  • Kai's green eyes are in accordance with the Chinese legends of green eyes being synonymous with evil.
  • In order to get a feel for how pandas live, the filmmakers went directly to China's biggest panda preserve in Chengdu. While there, the filmmakers noted that pandas rolled to get places, and incorporated that into the film.
  • Master Oogway is a turtle. Oogway sounds like the Chinese word for turtle, wu gui (woo gway).
  • There's a panda, when Po and his parents are received by all the family, that resembles Hodor from Game of Thrones (2011).
  • Wayne Knight, who voiced one of the pandas in the panda village, had also been in the first film, as the voice of the enemy chief, from Po's dream at the start of the film, from which Kai had been inspired.
  • The first and so far only Kung Fu Panda film to not be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Both of it's predecessors, Kung Fu Panda (2008) and Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) were nominated, but lost to WALL-E (2008) and Rango (2011) respectively.
  • A subplot that was ultimately cut from the finished film was that Po, Shifu, and the Furious Five would have held off the jombie masters at a standoff, at which point the undead Masters would run off, rather than to dissipate into green orbs of light, as they had in the finished film, but not before one quick skirmish, in which Master Porcupine fired three of his quills from his bow, one of them hitting Mr. Ping, who dove in front of Po to take the shot. In that subplot, Li Shan would have tended to Mr. Ping's injuries, and Mr. Ping would have blamed himself for being a burden to Po, partially due to the toxins of the quill affecting his brain.
  • Two deleted scenes from the film would have featured Po bringing his dirty laundry to Mr. Ping to wash, taking off his pants as he did, and accidentally exposing his rear to the Furious Five, who were reviled, and a scene in which Mr. Ping brings back Po's dirty laundry to his barrack at the Jade Palace. In that scene, Mr. Ping voices his displeasure at Li Shan being included as one of Po's father figures after only being in his life for a few months, and Mr. Ping attempting to right his wrongs towards Li Shan by making plans to prepare an expensive feast for him.
  • In the deleted scene in which Mr. Ping visits Po at his barrack, the wok that struck Tai Lung in the face from the first film can be seen, as well as a drawing of Po (which he likely did himself) with six-pack abs, as well as a poster of the late Master Thundering Rhino standing in front of the Tower of the Sacred Flame from the second film.
  • A deleted scene would have featured Master Shifu speaking to the statue of Master Oogway, expressing his concerns about how the world would be consumed in darkness, and how Shifu might need a hobby or a girlfriend.
  • The first Kung Fu Panda film, so far, to not to be nominated for Best Animated Feature, for both Academy Awards and Golden Globes Awards.
  • Bryan Cranston's 2nd DreamWorks Animation film, after Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), which is also a 3rd film in a Franchise.
  • The first Kung Fu Panda film to not be the highest grossing animated film of the year it was released. This film grossed $521.2 million worldwide, but at the end of the year, it placed 6th in animated films, behind Finding Dory (2016), Zootopia (2016), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), _Moana (2016)_ and Sing (2016)
  • The first Kung Fu Panda film to have scroll end credits (appearing from the bottom of the screen to the top).
  • This is the first King Fu Panda Film to not release the same year as a Live Action Film that has Seth Rogen (voice of Mantis) doing Voice Over work in. Kung Fu Panda (2008) released the same year as The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), whilst Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) released the same year as Paul (2011).
  • The first Kung Fu Panda film solely composed by Hans Zimmer. He worked alongside John Powell when composing the first two films.
  • The first Kung Fu Panda film to not have the actor of it's main antagonist (J.K. Simmons) nominated for the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting, after Ian McShane was nominated for voicing Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda (2008), and Gary Oldman was nominated for voicing Shen in Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011). Both didn't win however, McShane lost to Dustin Hoffman (Voice of Master Shifu in Kung Fu Panda (2008)) and Oldman lost to Bill Nighy (Voice of Grand-Santa in Arthur Christmas (2011)).
  • Since the film released in January as opposed to June, this is the first Kung Fu Panda film to not release in the same month as a Disney/Pixar Film. Kung Fu Panda (2008) released the same month as WALL?E (2008) in 2008, whilst Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) released the same month as Cars 2 (2011) in 2011.
  • This is the first time to have Ava Acres do a movie with Seth Rogen (who voiced Mantis).


  • In the opening sequence, when The Dragon Warrior and the Furious Five were running through the valley, Po jumped to the sky and kicked through a cloud that has the shape of a rhino. This action was made to look like Po just beheaded the rhino, which is a preempting the inevitable ending of the Dragon Warrior defeating the villain Kai.
  • Tai Lung has appeared, in a way, in the three films, in Kung Fu Panda (2008), he is the main antagonist, in Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), he is briefly mentioned and appeared in a flashback, and in this film, Po has a toy with the figure of Tai Lung, and Kai has a Chi stone with the shape of him.
  • Through the first three films, each villain represents a different challenge: Tai Lung is force, Lord Shen is mental, and Kai is spiritual.
  • Tigress is the only Kung Fu master to not have her chi stolen by Kai.
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