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Kung Fu Panda 3
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Composed and Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
Lorne Balfe

Additional Music by:
Paul Mounsey

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
Oscar Senen
Joan Martorell
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Sony Classical
(January 22nd, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire a competent continuation of the franchise's likeable blend of Hans Zimmer and John Powell influences, the latter diminished in this case by his absence but portions of the score still entertaining much the same.

Avoid it... if you expect the superior appeal of Kung Fu Panda 2, this entry at times sounding like echoes of the prior score and meandering through more disparate motific ideas due to new contributors.
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WRITTEN 3/21/16
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Kung Fu Panda 3: (Hans Zimmer/Lorne Balfe) Successful enough for the studio to openly speculate about a series of six feature films, the Kung Fu Panda concept has resulted in predictably funny, innocuous family entertainment over its initial three entries, with 2016's Kung Fu Panda 3 returning most of the cast and crew from the 2011 predecessor to applause from critics and audiences. The titular character, Jack Black's Po, evolves from a clumsy, accidental hero to a teacher of kung fu himself, a transformation that is understandably challenging for the pudgy protagonist. Along the way to inspiring his friends and a new generation of pandas, he discovers his biological father and the spirit world, where he must wage battle against a warrior who has betrayed the forces of good by stealing their chi (and, being voiced by J.K. Simmons, he's probably inclined to sell them substandard homeowner insurance policies as well). The story's emphasis on the supernatural is the hook for Kung Fu Panda 3, along with, of course, all the usual jokes related to excessive eating and ever-expanding, flaccid bodily girth. The soundtracks for this franchise have always been affable mixtures of John Powell animation superiority and Remote Control artistic flair, with a touch of Hans Zimmer's own string rhythms and thematic sensibilities now and then. The second score was a noticeable improvement over the original, the positive influence of Powell really guiding the work in parts. For Kung Fu Panda 3, Powell stepped aside to tackle a duo of other projects on which he was committed, leaving Zimmer to turn to his healthy stock of Remote Control production house ghostwriters to fill in the gaps. Of course, you'd never know this from the solo credit that Zimmer receives on the soundtrack cover and posters for the film, this despite involvement by Lorne Balfe and, to a lesser extent, Paul Mounsey that likely constitutes a majority of the score. Balfe enjoyed a solid year of productivity in 2015, and while he has difficulty matching to prowess of Powell in this circumstance, he acquits himself quite well nevertheless. Throw in a theme by the group Imagine Dragons and an adaptation of "Kung Fu Fighting" by The Vamps and you have a typical Zimmer orgy of contributors cobbling together a soundtrack through jovial, carefree collaboration. While the lack of true attribution regarding who wrote exactly what remains extremely annoying, the end result more than suffices, and Kung Fu Panda 3 manages to overcome the loss of Powell with a few notable highlights of its own.

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Total Time: 69:17
• 1. Oogway's Legacy (2:00)
• 2. Hungry For Lunch (1:15)
• 3. The Power of Chi (4:12)
• 4. The Arrival of Kai (2:11)
• 5. A New Father (3:13)
• 6. The Hall of Heroes (1:15)
• 7. The Legend of Kai (4:01)
• 8. The Panda Village (3:39)
• 9. Mei Mei's Ribbon Dance (2:05)
• 10. Jaded (3:54)
• 11. How to Be a Panda (1:53)
• 12. Portrait of Mom (1:48)
• 13. Po Belongs (2:52)
• 14. Kai is Closer (3:15)
• 15. Two Fathers (3:11)
• 16. The Battle of Legends (3:31)
• 17. The Spirit Realm (3:18)
• 18. The Dragon Warrior (2:51)
• 19. Passing the Torch (4:15)
• 20. Father and Son (3:00)
• 21. Kung Fu Fighting (Celebration Time) - performed by Various (2:59)
• 22. Try - performed by Patrick Brasca and Jay Chou (4:00)
• 23. Kung Fu Fighting - performed by The Vamps (3:05)

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The insert includes a list of performers and a short note from the directors about the score.
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