'Kung Fu Panda 3' Release Date Moves Up Two Months

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Could "Kung Fu Panda 2's" realistic waters earn the film a visual effects nomination?

The DreamWorks Animation project shifts up to earlier in 2016.

DreamWorks Animation and partner 20th Century Fox are shifting Kung Fu Panda 3 up from March 18, 2016, to Jan. 29, 2016.

Jack Black returns to reprise the voice of lovable Panda Po. Other voice actors include Bryan Cranston, Rebel Wilson and Seth Rogen.

The threequel was originally slated for release on Dec. 23, 2015, but it was moved to March 2016 after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was set for six days earlier, on Dec. 18.

The new date sets the 3D family film up against Sony’s YA adaptation The 5th Wave, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, and Disney’s Coast Guard drama The Finest Hours.