Monday, July 27, 2015

Kung Fu Art: Stunning 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Concept Art Surfaces


With Kung Fu Panda 3's January 2016 release date not too far away, five amazing pieces of concept art have surfaced on Entertainment Weekly...

I'm guessing that DreamWorks released these pieces of concept artwork because the trailer was recently classified by the Alberta Film Rating council, implying that it'll be rolling in theaters soon. With some family-friendly films on the horizon, now is a good time to debut the trailer. Maybe it'll show up tomorrow or later on in the week...

Anyways, the concept artwork focuses entirely on the hidden panda village that is shown at the end of Kung Fu Panda 2 that will be the main setting of this film. Of course, we learned in Kung Fu Panda 2 that a lot of the panda population was killed by the genocidal Lord Shen, and that many survivors ended up finding a new home, including Po's father. The creative team's research trip to Sichuan, China - where they studied pandas on Mount Qingcheng - inspired the look and feel of the remote, paradisal village...






This is all amazing... The color work, the overall design, it not only fits in with the Kung Fu Panda series' overall look and aesthetic, it's just stunning on its own. It shows that Kung Fu Panda 3 is going to be one of the best-looking computer animated films. Out of all of DreamWorks' CG films, this series' aesthetic is my favorite. It's the perfect blend of photorealism and the abstract, with some of the best color work and character design, on top of their unique take on Ancient China. This film's overall style looks to amplify those qualities.

Hopefully the film will contain more traditionally animated sequences, too. The Chinese teaser, which emphasizes action and the epic scope of the film, hints at more being used. Some of the shots of the film in that very teaser are very stylized, almost surreal...


Production designer Raymond Zibach had a few words say about the style they chose for the panda village...

"We try to experience this through Po’s eyes, so we want to make it really special for him. The fact that he comes back to other pandas and is going to learn their way of life was kind of magical to him because he thought none of this ever existed."

Co-director Alessandro Carloni talked about the challenges of introducing tons and tons of pandas into a series that only had, up until now, one panda. The story is about Po training the pandas in his village to become fighters like him, so that they can take on the series' biggest threat yet, the supernatural Kai.

What do you think of the concept artwork? Do you think we'll get a new trailer very soon? Sound off below!

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