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Happy first anniversary ! by LittleChaCha Happy first anniversary ! by LittleChaCha

On January 29th 2016, Kung fu panda 3 was released in the USA and China and like a lot of people, I was looking forward to see it.

I have mixed feelings for the movie, it has big issues and doesn't have what make the first two strong in my opinion. I think now that I could have waited longer to have a better final product. It’s surely the weakest of the trilogy but I must say that the visuals and the score are once again amazing! I also enjoyed some parts. It still managed to bring some nice and positive messages so in celebration of its release, I wanted to focus on the positive.

In the end, the movie might not gave me what I wanted or even expected but I have a lot of good memories while waiting for its release in my country and I truly enjoyed seeing it in theater. It was such an adventure to wait for this (final?) episode and a joy to see the characters on the big screen again.

Happy first anniversary Kung fu panda 3 and thank you ! :) (Smile) 
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Matekok Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This drawing touched my heart, it's awesome!
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017
 Hey there ! thank you ! :)
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philito87 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Essene of sweet I always lobe father son climates :heart: And the color so delicate. Great work :clap:
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
Thank you so much! ^^ I really like parent/child relationship, they can be so heartwarming!
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philito87 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You love such relationships for the same reason as I ^^ If you will like and have time, you can check such a story about my original character Raymond penguin who leaves Antarctica to find his real father :3
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
Awesome, sounds nice ! Maybe I'll check it out someday. Thanks for telling me. :)
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LaDeary Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, what a sweet little family. ;w; Well done, very well done~ :heart:
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
Sure they are ^^ Thank you so much ! :)
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LaDeary Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :la:
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ZektorSK Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Damn, this is soo adorable !
KFP 3 was definitely more aimed at younger audiences, that is why it doesn't feel so epic and mature like previous 2 films. It was missing dark soundtrack and some mentally ill villain. 
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017
Thank you so much ! I agree, and that's what disappointed me the most. :/ It didn't have what made the first two strong. There were way too much comedy I think and lots of things including the story and characters deserved definitely more development. That's why the second one remains my favorite of all time. At least that's my personnal opinion, but I think the soundtrack was still pretty good ! Besides, the heart was still there more or less, the visual was amazing and some scenes were still pretty nice to watch too ! :)
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ZektorSK Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
The soundtrack was weaker than in KFP2, and you can clearly hear that John Powell didn't participate in that OST. It was goofier and stuff, and it missed that really mysterious tone (12. Fireworks Factory, 14. Invasion Begins, 1. Ancient China), and epic moments (Basically the whole KFP2 OST right ?). And that Kai's melody was annoying as f---.
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2017
I may disagree on you on this one. It was indeed a bit weaker than in KFP2, but mostly because of the lack of strong emotions in it I'd say. The second one really captured emotionnal moments like in ''Po finds the truth'' ''Zen Ball Master'' or ''My fist Hungers for Justice'' with a feeling of epicness too. So I agree to say that it's a bit stronger than the soundtrack from KFP3, however, I wouldn't say the last soundtrack was bad by any mean. It's even still pretty good for me and offers something different to the franchise. Besides, you can hear a lot of themes from the second one in this one. I mean, there were still great melodies and themes that sounded just as epic as some tracks from the second one : ''The Legend of Kai'', the last part of ''Jaded'', the dynamique and kind of emotionnal ''Po Belongs'' (seriously, just hear the beginning again, it really is epic and amazing), ''The Dragon Warrior'' which added a new and pretty nice theme to the franchise, ''Father and Son'' is just really sweet, ''Oogway's Legacy'' and ''Passing the Torch'' did a great hommage to ''Oogway ascends'' from the first one and ''Kung fu fighting (Celebration Time)'' became one of my favorites because it gives so much emotions and good feelings. The first part in Mandarin is so pleasing to hear and the instrumental part gives me so many chills because of how amazing it is.

Kai's theme was really cool too, I think. Everytime he appears on screen you hear his melody and you just know that Kai is here and it got serious, it really adds something to his dramatic entrance. It may be just ''I'm so sorry'' from Imagine Dragons, but oh god, it fits Kai so well I think. Again, this is my personnal opinion, I really wish John Powell could have worked on this soundtrack too but Hans Zimmer did a pretty good job on his own. At least for me, the soundtrack from KFP3 is just really cool, not much weaker than the first two soundtracks and I'm never tired to hear it.
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ZektorSK Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Of course, everyone has his own opinions, but I will write my last words about this theme:
The soundtrack was weaker than KFP2, because we are comparing soundtracks in a trilogy. I wouldn't say a word if this was one separate movie, but as part of the trilogy: disappointment. I barely heard any epic moment (I only remember 17. Spirit Realm, 16. Battle of Legends). From a soundtrack that is part of a trilogy, I expect heart touching moments and epic parts. I instead got goofy melodies and too much positive sound. The only tracks in KFP3 that were on the level of previous 2 OSTs were: 1 Oogway's Legacy, 16. Battle of Legends, 17. Spirit Realm, 12. Portrait of Mom, 10. Jaded, 14. Kai is Closer... and That's it. Other tracks are totally different soup: 6. Hall of Heroes, 2. Hungry For Lunch, 10. How To Be a Panda, 18. The Dragon Warrior... Like, WTF ? I honestly can't believe that 3/4 of the entire OST are goofy melodies with practically none epic moment (And clearly, Hans Zimmer doesn't know how to make fight/escape music). I don't say it's bad either, it is great... But it is very disappointing, and without emotions... And for the "13. Po Belongs": I don't see the awesomeness in it... Not only that half of the track was cut off, but it is also just a fight music. It misses something that would make it unique, like in "15. Zen Ball Master", where you hear 3 different styles in 7 minute epic fighting track. (I needed to listen to "Po Belongs" once more, because I actually forgot how it sounds)

Kai's theme is overused and it has the worst villain theme I have ever heard. He is a villain, why did we get a melody from popular song ? Where is the epic orchestra, that was in Lord Shen's theme ? Villain is supposed to be portraited as a negative character, so what is a ripoff of popular song doing in his theme ? 
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2017
I understand your point, though I think that since it's a trilogy, each soundtrack is kinda unique as each movie has something different. And like I've already said, you can hear a lot of themes from the second one in the KFP3 soundtrack (even from the first one!). For me this shows precisely that it's part of a trilogy and indeed, it was weaker but that's not such a really bad thing because it's pretty hard to keep high quality in a franchise. I expected heart touching moments too (but mostly in the movie, not so much in the soundtrack) but I see what you mean there. But there were some pretty epic moments for me. There were indeed ''goofy'' melodies that sounded kinda out of the movie like in ''Panda village'' when Po sees the panda village for the first time and I don't know, this track has no emotion or identity for me, just like few others. And oh boy this track had the potential to be special. And you said it, there are still tracks that are on the level of the first two movies! And I pretty like ''Hungry for Lunch'' (joyful just like the good spirit from the first movie) and ''The Dragon Warrior'' sound nice to me. But maybe these are examples of what you mean by ''positive sound'' but I personnaly like them. Again, I really don't agree, there were epic moments and fight/escape music and ''Po Belongs'' remains a good example to me.

 I realise music really depends on the sensitivity people have. When you see a movie, you can focus on so many differents elements that are visual or not but when it's only music, you can only judge with your ears and it really depends on what your tastes are and what your ears like.  Yay ''Zen Ball Master'' was really epic (one of my favorites) And I see better why you don't like Kai's theme.
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ZektorSK Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
^^^^^^ This
It was a nice discussion with you :3 Always a pleasure to talk about music (^O^)
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
I appreciated the discussion too, it was pretty interesting to read another opinion. It's always nice to talk about music, I agree. And I'm sorry if I sounded a bit on the defensive sometimes, you have your own personnal opinion and I want you to know that I respect it.
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
You think KFP 3's OST has no tearjerkers? Clearly you haven't heard Portrait of Mom.

Oh, and happy belated first birthday, KFP 3.
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
To be honest, this track isn't very special to me but I can understand if you really love it. :)
 Happy belated first birthday yay ! La la la la 
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
I made my own journal for it.
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ZektorSK Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I mentioned that "12. Portrait of Mom" was on level of the previous OSTs.
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
Well, "The Dragon Warrior" starts off mysterious, emotional and epic, remember? The same music as "Pool of Sacred Tears".

Then it turns into a playful drummed upbeat that's out of place in an epic final battle(which is quite flawed itself).
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zebG Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww cute!
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017
thanks ! :)
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KungFuFreak07 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember watching it in theaters twice. LOL. Lovely artwork, as always! :la: 
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Awesome ^^ I saw it three times, and it was really cool !  And thank you so much, super nice as always ! :)
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
I saw it four times.
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LittleChaCha Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
Yayy !! La la la la 
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
In theatres. The fifth and last time was at home on DVD/Blu-Ray
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