Kung Fu Panda 4 Storyline Explained:
Kung Fu Panda 4 is an upcoming animated comedy and martial arts film with the main lead ‘The Big Fat Panda’ Poreturning for a 4th installment in the Kung Fu Panda Movie Series produced by DreamWorks Animation and Distributed by Universal Pictures.
The most significant issues in Kung Fu Panda 4 will be :
Zhen, who is a Corsac Fox Warrior and a thief. She accompanies Po on his journey in finding the Chameleon and guides him towards the underground world of thieves and criminals.
A replacement for the Dragon Warrior has to be found in the Kung Fu Panda 4 as Po passes on the Mantle to get enlightened on to a next stage as the Spiritual Master in the Valley of Peace. A possible reason for Po looking for an heir is that Kung Fu Panda 4 is taking place in the future; a dramatic time skip could explain the sudden search for an heir.
The Chameleon whose “power” is shape shifting and potentially resurrecting past villains from the dead and we also see her Shape Shifting into Po in the trailer.
The Furious Five and their role is said to be very limited in this movie as they are stated to be on solo missions during the storyline of Kung Fu Panda 4 as stated in an interview of producer Rebecca Huntley.
Kung Fu Panda 4 Trailer and Review
Universal Pictures released the first official Trailer for Kung Fu Panda 4 on December 13, 2023.
Another trailer was revealed at the Super Bowl Event on February 12, 2024.
The trailer starts with Po and Master Shifu discussing Po’s promotion to the Spiritual Master and the quest for replacing Po as the Dragon Warrior. The Chameleon is then introduced summoning Tai Lung, absorbing his power and form and then Shape Shifting into Tail Lung. We then see the Fox Zhen trying to steal his staff from the Palace. He confronts her and they have a small fight, then she gets put in prison.
The Plot further unfolds when being in prison, Zhen tells Po about a villain named the Chameleon who is causing havoc. Po then agrees to help her stop the Chameleon and goes on the journey with her. When they reach the city, Po has a look around, noticing posters with Zhen’s face on. He finds out she’s a wanted criminal.
Po and Zhen fight off bandits across the city. After being launched through the air countless times and fighting on the rooftops, Po catches sight of the entrance to the Chameleon’s Palace. Once they make their way in, Po is then greeted by the Chameleon. She talks with Po, and she then mimics his form, becoming another him as seen in the trailer.
Some of the bunnies there seem to enjoy violence, leaping onto Po and biting him. Po later exclaims that he needs the bandits’ help as he can’t do it on his own. They resolve their disputes, and Po settles down in the underground preparing for the battle.
Kung Fu Panda 4 Rating and Runtime
Kung Fu Panda 4 is rated PG and has a runtime of 1 hours and 34 minutes.
Kung Fu Panda 4’s budget will be 125 million dollars after including marketing the total of budgeting is more than 150 million.
Kung Fu Panda 4 Release Date
Kung Fu Panda 4 Release Date in the United States is scheduled as March 8, 2024.
Kung Fu Panda 4 Release Date in India is scheduled to be March 29, 2024.
Kung Fu Panda 4 Reddit Leaks
Storyboard leak – A storyboard for Kung Fu Panda 4 was leaked on Reddit where the last 4-5 minutes of the movie can be seen. We can see Po, Master Shifu, Zhen and two other characters playing shogi or such other board game. We can also see a conversation between Po and Chen at the end of the movie’s storyboard. Although the storyboard is an year old and Shifu’s Ascending is rumored, therefore the storyboard may not be completely adapted in the movie.
Movie Images – Some Spoiler Images were also leaked on Reddit related to the movie Kung Fu Panda 4. We see all the Chameleon’s shape shifting forms in the images.
Soundtrack – The soundtrack for Kung Fu Panda 4 was leaked and provides us the next ascension.
Trailer – We can see a leaked trailer giving us more info regarding the movie and introduction to new characters.
Kung Fu Panda 4 IMDb
Kung Fu Panda 4 Characters and Cast
Po – Jack Black – The protagonist Panda who is set to become a spiritual leader after renouncing his title as the Dragon Warrior.
Zhen – Awkwafina – a Corsac fox warrior who is a thief and accompanies Po on his journey.
The Chameleon – Viola Davis – an evil shapeshifting chameleon sorceress who can copy the Kung Fu of others by absorbing their abilities.
Master Shifu – Dustin Hoffman – a red panda and Po’s wise master.
Mr. Ping – James Hong – Po’s adoptive Chinese goose father.
Li Shan – Bryan Cranston – Po’s biological giant panda father.
Tai Lung – Ian McShane – a snow leopard who was Shifu’s adopted son and former disciple until he turned to evil. He was vanquished by Po, in addition to being captured off-screen by Kai the Collector, but is brought back from the Spirit Realm by the Chameleon.
Han – Ke Huy Quan – a Sunda pangolin who is a leader of a den of thieves.
Granny Boar – Lori Tan Chinn – a boar that can take out her tusks and use them as weapons.
Director – Mike Mitchell
Other Characters – Masters Tigress, Monkey, Crane, Mantis and Viper, known collectively as the Furious Five and voiced by Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, David Cross, Seth Rogen and Lucy Liu respectively.
Kung Fu Panda 4 Soundtrack:
Kung Fu Panda 4 Soundtrack is reportedly titled as ‘Shifu Ascends’. The soundtrack is heartwarming yet sad as claimed to cover the ascending of Master Shifu.
Kung Fu Panda 4 Villain:
Kung Fu Panda 4 Villain is The Chameleon, who can shape-shift and who potentially possesses dark magic, or something similar) is admittedly really cool. In the plot description, it’s stated that the chameleon has the ability to “summon” villains from Po’s past from the Spirit Realm. She can then mimics their appearance and all their powers. In the trailer we can here the Chameleon’s dialogue stating her intention to absorb the abilities of all the Villain Kung Fu Masters and then crushing the Greatest Hero, Po who is currently the Dragon Warrior.