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Bryan Cranston Excited to Reprise Role in Kung Fu Panda 4 Despite Reclaiming it as a Creative Challenge

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Bryan Cranston attends the 'Isle of Dogs' press conference during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 15, 2018 in Berlin, Germany - Image (Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com)

Key Takeaways:

* “Breaking Bad” Bryan Cranston returns to voice Po's , Li, in the fourth installment of Kung Fu Panda.
* The latest addition to the series also stars Jack Black, Viola Davis, and .
* Cranston enjoyed his role in the animated , despite the challenges of voice acting.
* The fourth installment of Kung Fu Panda is currently in theaters.

Bryan Cranston Rejoices Return To Animation

For time in almost a decade, the Kung Fu Panda franchise returns with its fourth film. Among the returning cast is Bryan Cranston, best known for his role in hit Breaking Bad, reprising his role as Po's father, Li.

Cranston, known for his versatility and prowess in broadening his acting skills into voice acting, brings immense charisma to the Kung Fu Panda series. His previous role as Walter White in the Emmy-Award-winning Breaking Bad stands in stark contrast to his animated endeavor, though Cranston seems to have immensely enjoyed his part as Po's father.

A Star-studded Affair In Kung Fu Panda 4

Kung Fu Panda 4 offers a star-studded ensemble including Jack Black reprising his role as the lovable Dragon Warrior, Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu, new entrant Viola Davis as the Chameleon, and Awkwafina as the crafty thief, Zhen. The excitement surrounding the latest release has been sky-high, with co-stars expressing their delight in revisiting their roles.

Cranston, who embarked on his career in voice acting long before he achieved fame, is thrilled to return to alongside Jack Black and the rest of the team.

Embracing the Challenges of Voice Acting

During a recent interview, Cranston opened up about the creative challenges and pleasures of voice acting. He described how developing a fully-fledged character using only one's voice engages a different aspect of the creative process. Cranston jovially shared, “Voicing an animated character is a uniquely creative challenge…and I can do it while wearing pajamas and slippers!”

Journey into the Fourth Installment

The new story takes a leap from the previous trilogy, where Po has evolved as the Dragon Warrior. Master Shifu feels it's time for Po to search for a successor. However, the Chameleon, creates chaos by embarking on a path to summon villains with a mission to rule. To defeat her, Po teams up with the unlikely partner, the thief Zhen.

This fourth edition shines a light on the virtue of humility as much as that of glory. Though the plot might not be as robust as its predecessors, it still delights with its humor and beloved characters after an eight-year break.

Despite some critics saying it falls slightly short of the high standards set by the previous films in the series, Kung Fu Panda 4 still remains an enjoyable watch for fans. The film released on 8 and is currently playing in theaters. With all the buzz surrounding these remarkable characters, Kung Fu Panda 4 has certainly marked a triumphant return for Bryan Cranston to animation.

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