Original Release: January 16, 2016 (US)
Directed by: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Written by: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Produced by: Melissa Cobb
Running Time: 95 minutes
Box Office: $198,114,054 (Worldwide)
When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas.
Jack Black (Po), Bryan Cranston (Li), Dustin Hoffman (Shifu), J.K. Simmons (Kai), Jackie Chan (Monkey), Seth Rogen (Mantis), Lucy Liu (Viper), David Cross (Crane), Kate Hudson (Mei Mei), James Hong (Mr. Ping), Randall Duk Kim (Oogway), Steele Gagnon (Bao), Liam Knight (Lei Lei), Wayne Knight (Big Fun / Hom-Lee), Pax Jolie-Pitt (Yoo), Knox Jolie-Pitt (Ku Ku), Zahara Jolie-Pitt (Meng Meng), Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (Shuai Shuai)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 CEO of DreamWorks confirmed that this is not the last movie in the franchise, and that three more Kung Fu Panda films are planned.
- Rebel Wilson was the original choice for Mei Mei, but dropped out due to schedule conflicts and was replaced by Kate Hudson.
- Kai is the first Kung Fu Panda villain to not have an English accent.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kai was previously reported to be voiced by Mads Mikkelsen, who dropped from the film, due to his character being re-written.
- 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.
- 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.
Tigress: Kai took the Valley, it's all gone... now he's coming for the Pandas... you MUST teach them to fight!
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Animated Film
Annie Awards - Best Animated Feature
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement in Animated Effects in an Animated Production
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Feature Production - Ludovic Bouancheau
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement in Production Design in an Animated Feature Production - Raymond Zibach, Max Boas
Behind the Voice Actors Awards - Best Male Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role - J.K. Simmons
Georgia Film Critics Association - Best Animated Film
Golden Trailer Awards - Best Animation/Family TV Spot - Fox, Toy Box Entertainment
Kids' Choice Awards - Most Wanted Pet - Jack Black
MTV Movie + TV Awards - Best Virtual Performance - Jack Black