Still plenty of kicks to be had

Kung Fu Panda 3. Photo: PA Photo/Fox UK.
Kung Fu Panda 3. Photo: PA Photo/Fox UK.

Ardent fans of unlikely kung fu-fighting warrior Po will happily grin and panda bear this derivative yet breathlessly energetic third instalment of the

series.

Visually, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni’s picture is a black belt: bright colours saturate the screen, the 3D format is employed adroitly in gymnastic fight sequences and character detail has improved noticeably since Kung Fu Panda 2.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is a jaunty affair that breeds comfort and warm smiles through familiarity.

The third outing is a fitting conclusion to the series, so DreamWorks Animations will hopefully learn from the mistakes of Shrek and let Po bow out in style.