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Skidoosh! Kung Fu Panda 4 Trailer Arrives


Nearly 10 years since he last appeared on the big screen, DreamWorks Animation's lovable Kung Fu master is back for a fourth time. Kung Fu Panda 4 is due to arrive early next year, and now we've got our first look at it via the first trailer.

In this third sequel, Po is informed that he is to graduate from his role of Dragon Warrior and become a spiritual leader instead. But before he can do that, he'll need to find and train a new Dragon Warrior. Meanwhile, a formidable new villain arises in the form of the shapeshifting Chameleon. She sets out to steal the Kung Fu of every master villain and becomes the toughest thereat that Po has ever faced. 

Jack Black returns as Po, and is joined by James Hong as Mr Ping, Dustin Hoffman as Shifu, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Bryan Cranston as Li and Ian McShane as Tai Lung.

Joining the franchise for the fourth entry is Oscar winner Viola Davis as The Chameleon, Awkwafina as quick-witted thief Zhen and Everything Everywhere All At Once star Ke Huy Quan as Han, leader of the Den Of Thieves.

Kung Fu Panda 4 is directed by Mike Mitchell (Trolls, The Lego Movie 2) and produced by Rebecca Huntley (The Bad Guys). It is co-directed by Stephanie Ma Stine and written by Jonathan Aibel and Glen Berger, who wrote the previous three films. The music is written by Steve Mazzaro and Hans Zimmer.

The original Kung Fu Panda was released back in 2008, and went on to become DreamWorks Animation's highest grossing film, It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and launched a franchise that has taken over $1.8 billion at the global box-office to date.

After DreamWorks' experimentation with different styles in The Bad Guys and Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, this looks to be animated in a much more straightforward and conventional manner. That's probably for the best as it keeps it consistent with the rest of the series and is good for showcasing the franchises' trademark action scenes.

Kung Fu Panda 4 is in cinemas in the US and Canada on March 8, 2024 and in the U.K. and Ireland on March 29.