'Kung Fu Panda 3' TV Spots Riff on 'Star Wars,' Show Looming Threat

With "The Force Awakens" opening Friday, "Star Wars" fever is everywhere -- even in a new TV spot for DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda 3," once again starring Jack Black as Po.

The first of two spots features heavy breathing that sounds an awful lot like Darth Vader, but in fact belongs to Po's father Li (Bryan Cranston), as he struggles to make it up a flight of stairs to speak with his son. The second commercial lays out the film's plot, with Tigress (Angelina Jolie) warning Po of the threat Kai (J.K. Simmons) poses to all pandas and the challenges he'll face as he teaches them to defend themselves.

Opening Jan. 29, “Kung Fu Panda 3″ is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni and also stars Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong and Randall Duk Kim.

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