Story

Kung Fu Panda 3 is the next movie in the Kung Fu Panda series about panda Po (Jack Black), the much loved Dragon Warrior. In this movie Po discovers his long-lost father Li (Bryan Cranston). Po had thought he was the only one of his kind, but he’s overjoyed when he discovers an entire tribe of pandas just like him.

Po heads back to his hometown with his father, and there he finds out about Kai (J.K. Simmons). Kai is a bull-like villain who is determined to take the chi from other individuals across China. To stop Kai, Po must learn chi himself, and Li offers to teach him.

Po faces great challenges as he realises that Kai is not mortal, and the two of them end up in the spirit world during one of their final fights. It is then up to Po’s friends and family to save Po’s life and return him to their own realm.

Themes

Family and friendship; good versus evil; martial arts

Violence

There is some violence in Kung Fu Panda 3. For example:

  • Characters do a lot of physical fighting and kung fu. These fight sequences mostly involve Po and his friends, and the evil villain Kai and his army of jade warriors. Kai uses weapons with blades but the movie doesn’t show injuries from these weapons.
  • There is some comedy violence that younger children might copy – for example, characters throw food and utensils at each other. There’s also slapstick violence, as characters fall and trip over.
  • Characters are captured and face dangerous situations. Kai takes many of Po’s friends and turns them into jade warriors who fight for him.
  • At one point, Po uses a dangerous martial arts move on himself to defeat Kai. Although he believes this will trap him in the spirit realm forever, his friends save him and ensure that he returns to the real world.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Kung Fu Panda 3 has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example, Kai, the evil villain, is a large supernatural beast with glowing green eyes.

From 5-8
In addition to the violent scenes and scary visual images mentioned above, this movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children in this age group. For example, flashback scenes show Po being separated from his mother when he was young, which was distressing for Po.

From 8-13
Nothing of concern

Over 13
Nothing of concern

Sexual references

Kung Fu Panda 3 shows characters flirting mildly, but this doesn’t progress to anything sexual. 

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Product placement

None of concern

Coarse language

Kung Fu Panda 3 has very mild coarse language.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Kung Fu Panda 3 is the third movie in this animated series. It’s an inspiring story of self-discovery, growth and determination. The movie follows Po as he learns more about his identity. Po challenges himself in ways he’d never imagined, and the movie highlights the positive changes he undergoes as a result of this.

The movie demonstrates that people often need the support of their friends and family to get by, particularly in times of stress and crisis. It also highlights the differences between good and evil, and the importance of fighting for what you believe is right.

Because of some violent and scary scenes, we don’t recommend Kung Fu Panda 3 for children under 7 years. We recommend parental guidance for children aged 7-9 years.

You could talk with your children about the complex nature of family, and how blood relationships don’t always define family. This is shown in the relationship Po has with his two fathers.