Who are the Voice Actors Kung Fu Panda 4?

Keaton Robbins | May 9, 2024

A movie promo poster for Kung Fu Panda 4 shows a panda jumping and kicking while holding a green staff.

Kung Fu Panda is back, but this time, Po is facing a new challenge: becoming the spiritual leader of the Valley of Peace. 

But with great responsibility comes even more significant threats, and Po needs a whole new set of skills (and maybe even a new sidekick!).

In this article

  1. Jack Black: The Enduring Appeal of Po
  2. Viola Davis: The Chameleon’s Shapeshifting Voice
  3. Bryan Cranston: Li Returns (With Noodles!)
  4. The Familiar and the Fresh: A Look at the Supporting Cast
  5. Newcomers Join the Adventure!
  6. A Legacy of Voice Acting Excellence

If you’ve already seen ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’, you might wonder about the incredible voices that brought these beloved characters back to life or introduced new ones to the franchise. 

Well, wonder no more!

We’re diving into the vocal powerhouses behind Po, the Furious Five (or are they the Four this time around?), and the exciting new additions to the DreamWorks family.

Jack Black: The Enduring Appeal of Po

It wouldn’t be Kung Fu Panda without the only Dragon Warrior, Po!

Thankfully, Jack Black reprises his iconic role, bringing his signature humor and heart to the panda striving to be his best self.

Whether Po grapples with self-doubt as a spiritual leader or unleashes his inner warrior, Black’s voice perfectly captures the endearing goofiness and unwavering determination that make Po such a lovable character.

Viola Davis: The Chameleon’s Shapeshifting Voice

A new threat emerges in ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ – The Chameleon, a cunning shapeshifting sorceress with her sights set on the Staff of Wisdom.

This formidable villain is voiced by the legendary Viola Davis, known for her powerful and nuanced performances. Davis brings a chilling intensity to The Chameleon, making her a formidable adversary for Po and his friends.

Bryan Cranston: Li Returns (With Noodles!)

Po’s biological father, Li, played by the ever-charismatic Bryan Cranston, returns in ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’. Their relationship continues to evolve as Po seeks guidance from his long-lost dad.

Cranston delivers a heartwarming performance, showcasing the complexities of father-son relationships while reminding us of Li’s love for his son and his signature dish – delicious noodles.

The Familiar and the Fresh: A Look at the Supporting Cast

While some faces (or voices?) are new, some familiar favorites return to lend their talents.

  • Dustin Hoffman reprises his role as the wise and sometimes exasperated Master Shifu, Po’s mentor.
  • James Hong brings back the lovable anxiety of Po’s adoptive father, Mr. Ping.
  • The question of the Furious Five remains a mystery. While the details haven’t been officially revealed, some speculate that their voice actors, including Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Jackie Chan (Monkey), Seth Rogen (Mantis), Lucy Liu (Viper), and David Cross (Crane), might not be returning for this installment.

Newcomers Join the Adventure!

‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ also welcomes some exciting new voices to the franchise:

  • Awkwafina lends her comedic talents to Zhen, a quick-witted corsac fox who becomes Po’s unlikely companion.
  • Ke Huy Quan, best known for his childhood roles in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies,” takes on the role of Han, a cunning and resourceful pangolin who leads a band of thieves.
  • Ronny Chieng brings his signature humor to Captain Fish, a green arowana with a sharp wit and perhaps some hidden agendas.

A Legacy of Voice Acting Excellence

The ‘Kung Fu Panda’ franchise has always understood the power of exceptional voice acting. From established Hollywood stars to rising talents, each voice actor breathes life and personality into these characters, making them relatable and engaging.

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