DreamWorks Animation Bumps 'Kung Fu Panda 2' Up Two Months

April 15, 2015
Source: THR

Kung Fu Panda

Late last year, DreamWorks Animation decided to move the sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 from a late release this year, to a spring release in 2016. However, it sounds like the animation studio and their new distribution partner 20th Century Fox want to give it some more room to breathe away from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, because THR reports they've bumped it up a couple months to a release on January 29th, 2016. That's a terrible release month, but that means this movie should have no problem performing well at the box office, which is exactly what the struggling DreamWorks Animation needs now.

We still don't know much about Kung Fu Panda 3, but Jack Black is slated to return as the title panda warrior Po, and new cast members include Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson. We're also assuming that Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross Jackie Chan and Dustin Hoffman will be back, but we're not entirely sure yet. With this new date, Kung Fu Panda 3 will open up against the young adult sci-fi adaptation The 5th Wave starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Disney's coast guard drama The Finest Hours, which was recently pushed back to 2016. We'll keep you posted.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


Might be a bad release month, but on the bright side, now we have less time to wait for the film 🙂 BTW, is Home doing well in box office?

Tuomas Lassila on Apr 15, 2015


Hard to say. Penguins grossed about $370 million worldwide on a $132 million budget and evidently that wasn't considered that good of a performance. Home has a $135M budget and has yet to double that worldwide. It is doing much better than Penguins in North America, but not as big internationally...although it still has a few markets to be released in. Hard to seems like it will fall into a 'not bad, but not too good' kind of performance range.

Chris Groves on Apr 15, 2015


At least Penguins made better profit than most the films after Madagascar 3 (except The Croods and HTTYD2). I'm really worried for DWA and don't want them to quit making films, I love that studio.

Tuomas Lassila on Apr 15, 2015


Well they are certainly in a pretty tough spot, and they've actively scaled back their production output. They were doing 3 films a year, this year Home is their only release and starting next year they will only produce 2 films a year.

Chris Groves on Apr 15, 2015


@Ethan - You might want to edit your title...

TheOct8pus on Apr 15, 2015


Hold on, let's see how long does it take from him to notice :3

Tuomas Lassila on Apr 15, 2015


January? Ah man...I really like this franchise. The last one was as good as the first. It is KUNG FU PANDA and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. Dreamworks can do animation right.

DAVIDPD on Apr 15, 2015


January might be a "terrible" realease month, but a few years ago March was too. Times are a changing, broham.

Nielsen700 on Apr 16, 2015


Oh, come ON. DreamWorks, grow some "Souls of Platinum", and just choose a Release Date. GOD.

Mark Brackney on Apr 18, 2015

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