~As the beloved Po will soon be returning to our television screens on Sunday, 19th March on Star Movies, here are some fun quirky facts about the animated series~
Animation isn’t child’s play. Thus, after every scene was approved after the animation, the animator would receive a fortune cookie with a customized fortune! Now we know what encouraged them to make Po so special!
Kung Fu Panda is based out of China and when the first movie in the series had released the Chinese were very impressed with their authenticity towards their culture. Hence, they decided to join hands and create the first ever co-produced American feature film.
The directors Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni decided to shoot 1/3rd of the film in China and the rest in America.
Apart from Po, the villains were equally loved by all. These previous 2 movies had British artists Ian McShane and Gary Oldman. Kai is the first villain to not have a British Accent.
Various actors have been a part of Po’s on screen journey. One such person is Jackie Chan who has lent his voice for two different characters of the same film – as Monkey in the English release and as Li (Po’s birth father) in Mandarin.
Not only have famous personalities like Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie given their voice to this edition of the series, but four of Angelina Jolie’s children, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt and Zahara Jolie Pitt are voice extras in a scene in the movie!
J. K. Simmons was all set to play ‘Kai’. However, the Mads Mikkelson had replaced him mid-way and the character had to be rewritten. The writers plight didn’t end here as later on Rebel Wilson was replaced by Kate Hudson leading to them having to rewrite her character as well!!
Apart from our dearest Po, Tigress has always been seen red qipao with golden vine patterns and black pants. In this film, they decided to give her a new outfit where she donned a long sleeve yellow tunic with red.
Last but not the least, for all the Po fans out there, he and his friends shall be entertaining their audiences for a long six movie or chapter franchise as announced by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, in 2010.
Looking forward to seeing Po and his friends premiering exclusively on Star Movies on 19th March at 1 pm and 9 pm.