"Kung Fu Panda 3" directors Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh Nelson recently sat down with Latin Times to reveal some secrets about the motion picture and discussed the new characters played by Kate Hudson and J.K. Simmons. “We wanted to go bigger, more epic, more funny this time and do all the things we couldn’t do in the other ones,” the animators said about one of the most successful animated franchises in the world,"Po is going to meet his panda father for the very first time and he’s going to meet an entire villa of pandas, so he’s going to find out what’s is like to be a panda and also we have a whole new element in this film with a new villain with supernatural powers,” Yuh Nelson added. 

In the third installment Po returns with one aspiration, to become an expert in a martial art that requires mental agility, fast reflexes and mastering the power of Chi. “In culture of Kung Fu movies, Chi was always a strong element that we never got to use in the first and second movie so we are actually excited to introduce this new concept,” Carloni added, "for those who remember Kung Fu Panda one, when Oogway transition into the spirit world, there’s a lot of flowers floating in the air and somehow that was associated with being enlightened and becoming your ultimate self.” 

In addition, we will see new characters introduced this time, both, Jennifer and Alessandro confessed how delightful it was to work with the talented Kate Hudson, who plays girl panda Mei Mei, “it was so much fun working with her, she’s hilarious but the problem is she cracks herself up too, so every time she records live she started laughing, there is one line where the character says 'get ready to dance with danger,' and she couldn’t keep a straight face.” 

To convey Kai’s mix of supernatural super-villainy and humor, they turned to Oscar winner J.K. Simmons,”people are familiar with how intimidating he can be but it surprised us how much comedy he can infused in the character,” the directors said. “He has some of the funny moments in the movie, which makes a villain even more formidable, it becomes relatable, people understand why he's bad instead of being just a bad flat character." 

At the end Jennifer Yuh Nelson spoke about the true message and the meaning behind this amazing story,“ one of the things people love about Po is that he never stops growing he never stops becoming better and better, these whole series of films is about trying to find your best self,” Nelson added, “so people have to go outside their comfort zone and risk that feeling of insecurity and failure in order to finally achieve what their true full force potential can be.”

Watch our full interview below and find out which character is returning in "Kung Fu Panda 3."