Desh Duniya Samachar

In an exclusive interview, Kung Fu Panda 4 director Mike Mitchell and producer Rebecca Huntley shed light on Po’s latest adventures and their collaboration with Jack Black.

The recently unveiled trailer for Kung Fu Panda 4 showcases Po embarking on a new journey in a different world, forming alliances with new characters, and confronting fresh challenges.

In the interview, director Mike Mitchell discusses the careful development of the story, emphasizing the desire for Po’s evolution, the introduction of new characters portrayed by Awkwafina and Viola Davis, and the collaborative effort with Jack Black in shaping the lead character. Here are some excerpts:

On the Evolution of Po:

  • Mike explains the delay in the film’s production, emphasizing the importance of crafting the perfect story that delves into Po’s growth. The aim was to introduce new characters, explore new worlds, and expand Po’s journey.

On Po’s Pursuit of Inner Peace:

  • Po’s struggle for inner peace resonates with the human quest for serenity. The director draws parallels between Po’s journey and the timeless evolution of characters in franchises like Shrek and Trolls, emphasizing the continuous growth and challenges faced by Po.

On the Inclusion of New Characters:

  • While the Furious Five make an appearance, the focus shifts to incorporating a plethora of new characters, including a penguin, a granny boar, and three adorable bunnies with unexpected capabilities. The storyline ventures beyond the Valley of Peace, introducing a new city.

On the Villain:

  • The franchise introduces its first female villain with supernatural powers, portrayed by Viola Davis. The choice of a small chameleon lizard character with a commanding voice adds a unique dimension to the antagonist.

On Kung Fu Panda Humor:

  • The humor in Kung Fu Panda 4 caters to a broad audience, combining slapstick, self-deprecating, and dark humor. The collaboration of the entire team, including scriptwriters, storyboard artists, and animators, contributes to a diverse range of jokes and tones.

On Directing the Fourth Film:

  • Mike expresses his joy at being part of Po’s journey and witnessing the advancements in animation technology since the first movie. He waited for the right story to direct, and Kung Fu Panda 4 presented an exciting departure from the previous installments.

On Jack Black’s Involvement:

  • Jack Black’s passionate involvement and enthusiasm for the character of Po are highlighted. The actor’s immersive approach to recording sessions, understanding every scene, and adding his comedic flair to the script are praised.

Kung Fu Panda 4 is scheduled for release in cinemas in March 2024.

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