8th Wonder of the World Revealed in ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

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In the final scene of “Kung Fu Panda 2,” we were teased with a glimpse of a panda village where our hero Po’s long-lost father, Li, is living. Five years and nearly 600 artists later, that village is fully realized, and has become the 8th wonder of the world. As the visual development images show, Li’s home is a stunningly majestic and picturesque world.  It’s a living paradise that mixes ancient Chinese architecture with the pure beauty of nature.

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“Kung Fu Panda 3” is the first co-production between DreamWorks Animation and the Shanghai-based studio, Oriental DreamWorks. The alliance has brought a striking level of detail and authenticity to this panda Shangri-La.

“We worked with Oriental DreamWorks to create a faithful panda environment,” says production designer Raymond Zibach, better known as Ramone. “Many of the details we used to surround the pandas were done by the art department in China.”

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It’s A Suggestion Not A Review: Burnin’ Down the House – Part II

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Dave Sikula, getting carried away again.

In our last thrilling chapter, I began to discuss how I nearly burned down Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

I was going to pick up by talking about waiting in line for movies. In these days of camping out days in advance to get into Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con or to buy something useless on Black Friday, waiting for a few hours at a movie theatre may not seem novel, but in the ‘70s, it was. As I say, I was going to start with that, but I’m finding my memory isn’t what I think it is.

The first time I remember really waiting for a movie was either 1973 or 1974 for The Exorcist. My girlfriend at the time had read the book and really wanted to see it. In those pre-Jaws days, most big movies would open…

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