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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Kung Fu Panda 3' [Sony Clasical]
Artist - Hans Zimmer

For the third installment of the hugely successful Kung Fu Panda series, Po reunites with his biological father and travels with him to a secret sanctuary of pandas where, to his surprise, he does not fit in. There he meets Mei Mei, an overly eager panda, who had been promised to Po through an arranged marriage when they were children.

To make matters worse, an evil ancient spirit called Kai begins terrorizing China and stealing the powers of defeated kung fu masters. Now, in the face of incredible odds, Po must learn to train a village of clumsy, fun-loving pandas to become a band of Kung Fu Pandas.

The whole star-studded cast of voices return for this new epic adventure including Golden GlobeŽ-nominee Jack Black, OscarŽ winners Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, Lucy Liu and David Cross. They are joined by OscarŽ winner J.K. Simmons, OscarŽ nominee Kate Hudson and Golden GlobeŽ winner Bryan Cranston. Kung Fu Panda 3 opens nationwide on January 29th, 2016.

The quite stunning soundtrack score from Hans Zimmer - who has scored more than 100 films, which have, combined, grossed over 22 billion dollars at the worldwide box office - and featuring piano solos from Lang Lang throughout, opens with the at-first gentle piano of 'Oogway's Legacy', that all at once rises up and soon becomes triumphant anthem, before leading straight into what can only be described as a thunderous Irish Jig, 'Hungry for Lunch'! The passive jungle playfulness comes into being on 'The Power of Chi,' before the powerful 'The Arrival of Kai,' the subtle joy of 'A New Father,' the upbeat caperesque flow of 'The Hall of Heroes' and then 'The Legend of Kai' come forth.

A beautiful plethora of emotions come together for the resoundingly triumphant 'The Panda Village,' which is backed by the delightful 'Mei Mei's Ribbon Dance,' the pulsating charge of 'Jaded,' the fun 'How To Be a Panda,' and both 'Portrait of Mom' and the full on charge of 'Po Belongs.' Up next is the roaring 'Kai is Closer,' which is in turn followed by the playful, yet spirited 'Two Fathers,' the euphoric, momentous 'The Battle of Legends,' and then both the lesser-paced 'The Spirit Realm' and the battling drums of 'The Dragon Warrior.'

As we round the final musical bend here on this jam-packed 23 track inspired musical wonderment, the longest track (at 4:15) 'Passing the Torch' is up next and is followed perfectly by the peaceful, embracing 'Father and Son' and then the uproarious 'Kung Fu Fighting (Celebration Time).' The whole album then rounds out with 'Try' performed by Patrick Brasca featuring Jay Chou, before an upbeat, and vocal performance of 'Kung Fu Fighting' from popular boy band The Vamps.

Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk