'Kung Fu Panda' director says he wanted to emphasise timeless quality of film

March 10, 2024
Mike Mitchell saw 'Kung Fu Panda 4' as an opportunity to direct a story that deviates from its predecessors while maintaining the essence of the beloved franchise.

Filmmaker Mike Mitchell saw ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ as an opportunity to direct a story that deviates from its predecessors while maintaining the essence of the beloved franchise. Having been involved in Po’s journey since the beginning, Mitchell viewed this installment as a chance to helm the director’s chair and tell a fresh tale.

Reflecting on his vision for the film, Mitchell aimed to reconnect with the charm that captivated audiences in the original film while raising the bar for thrills and spectacle. He sought to remind viewers of what made the first ‘Kung Fu Panda’ great while infusing the story with new levels of action and excitement.

To achieve this, Mitchell and his team explored innovative camera techniques, drawing inspiration from live-action films to bring dynamic energy to the animated world. They aimed to create a larger-than-life experience with grander scale, more humour, and exhilarating action sequences.

The voice talent for the film includes returning stars such as Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman, James Hong, and Bryan Cranston, alongside the addition of Oscar winner Ke Huy Quan as a new character, Han, the leader of the Den of Thieves.

‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ is set to be released in India on March 15, offering audiences the opportunity to enjoy the film in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, ensuring its accessibility to a wide audience across the country.

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