Panda-monium hits Hollywood

Angelina Jolie and Jack Black stepped out for an early morning world premiere of the latest installment of the Kung Fu Panda franchise

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 16, 2016) (REUTERS) – It was an early morning world premiere in Hollywood on Saturday (January 16, 2016) for the launch of the third installment of the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ franchise.

Although the red carpet was bursting with color and characters from the film, actress Angelina Jolie who plays Tigress in the movies turned up in black for the premiere.

Jack Black voices the titular Kung Fu Panda, Po, but didn’t search for his inner panda when making the film.

“I have to be honest. There is almost zero panda in my voice when I do this movie,” Black told Reuters. “It’s just a human story. We’re all just humans in panda clothing but you know, it’s basically just me.”

In the film, Po must once again learn more martial arts – this time Chi – to defeat the evil Kai who has emerged from the spirit realm.

“The thing I like about playing the character Po is that he’s a hero, he’s a kick ass action hero and yet he’s not this macho a-hole. He’s a sweet, innocent, naïve, beautiful dude and that’s a rare thing in action. You don’t see that, so I’m proud of that,” he said.

Bryan Cranston joins the franchise playing Po’s long lost father. On Thursday (January 14, 2016) Cranston was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in ‘Trumbo’.

“I was in bed sleeping and my wife gently woke me awake and she had a little bit of a grimace on her face and I thought ‘oh, I guess we didn’t get good news this morning’ and she said ‘oh no, you’re nominated’ and I was like ‘Why were you…?’ ‘Oh I didn’t want to wake you. I was in an edit room until 2.30 in the morning so I didn’t get to sleep until 3 so I had four hours but there’s something about receiving news that you’re an Academy Award nominee that boom! You’re awake!,” admitted the Breaking Bad star.

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ is getting special treatment for an animation as it has been re-animated specifically for China.

The film’s director, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, explained “In order to give them a seamless experience you want to give them something that looks natively Chinese and so this is a whole different version of the movie, this is a version that is fully animated in Mandarin with Mandarin voice cast so that nobody needs to read the subtitles at the bottom.”

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ goes on release in North America on January 29.