AceShowbiz - Continuing the discussion of the Most Awaited Follow-Up Movies in 2016, the second and last part of the list highlights comedy, drama and adventure films. Some of them like "Zoolander 2" and "Bridget Jones's Baby" took more than a decade to come. Like rain after a long drought, these will finally quench fans' thirst for more goofiness and hilarity from their favorite characters.
The likes of "Kung Fu Panda 3", "Finding Dory" and "The Jungle Book", coming from studios which are known for their good records in presenting children's movies, provide rare selections for families planning to go on movie outing. Meanwhile, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" brings back the famous wizarding world as told from the eye of a new lead.
The beloved panda, Po, is back with his biggest adventure yet. In "Kung Fu Panda 3", Po reunites with his long-lost father, who takes him to a secret panda village to meet other panda species he never thought existed. One of the panda characters Po encounters in the village is Mei Mei the ribbon dancer, who is likely to be Po's love interest. In the third installment, Po goes up against a supernatural villain named Kai, who is able to steal the powers of every Kung Fu Master he defeats. To take down the fierce enemy, Po has to do the impossible duty to train a village full of his loved ones. Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, David Cross and Lucy Liu are back to voice Po, Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper respectively.
Remember "Blue Steel", Derek Zoolander's photogenic gaze that helped him earn a fourth consecutive win as Male Model of the Year? You will see a plenty of them as Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and his best friend Hansel (Owen Wilson) embark on their most ridiculous adventure yet in "Zoolander 2". No longer becoming famous models, Derek and Hansel have a bigger responsibility on their shoulders. The two are tasked with infiltrating the world of high fashion to find a killer who is targeting the most beautiful people in the world. The movie brings in a number of renowned actors to play new characters, namely Benedict Cumberbatch who stars as a transgender model, and Penelope Cruz who plays a former swimsuit model turned InterPol. Also not to be missed are cameo appearances by such A-listers as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Usher.
Another potential tentpole from Walt Disney Studio this year, "The Jungle Book" brings back a classic story about the boy who lives amongst animals in a jungle. Instead of a complete animation, this latest movie combines a live-action performance by relatively-unknown Neel Sethi as Mowgli and a giant-scale CGI work to bring a mesmerizing visual. Just in case you're not familiar with this tale, the plot centers on a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. He embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera, and abandons the only home he's ever known. Supported by Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and Lupita Nyong'o in the voice cast, this movie is surely worth to watch for those looking for an entertainment that gives some life lessons at the same time.
After the success of Tim Burton-directed "Alice in Wonderland", it's a no brainer that Disney greenlit the sequel, though it took quite a long time before it materializes. "Alice Through the Looking Glass" features the return of the titular character as she goes back to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Cast members like Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter are back to reprise their respective roles. Burton didn't return as director, but James Bobin ("The Muppets") is now at the helm, promising a new vision to the spectacular world Burton created in 2010.
"If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters" Remember that song? Yes, the reliable ghost-hunting team returns, but there's a twist. Instead of bringing back the old faces, "Ghostbusters (2016)" is a remake to the successful 1984 supernatural comedy franchise with all-female cast. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are on the leads, guaranteeing a lot of goofiness and hilarity. For a touch of masculinity and eye candy, Chris Hemsworth plays a supporting role of the team's receptionist. Those who miss the original stars should not be disappointed though, since Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Annie Potts are set to make cameos. There will be more references to the old movie as director Kevin Feig uses the original designs of the ghost hunters' suits and the vehicles like ECTO-1 car.
Nemo may have got his happy ending in 2003's "Finding Nemo", but it's just the beginning of an adventure for Nemo's friend Dory. Taking place about a year after its predecessor, "Finding Dory" follows the forgetful fish on a quest to discover where she truly comes from. When her childhood memories suddenly come rushing back, her instinct says that she has to go back home and meet her family. Besides bringing back Nemo and his father Marlin, the movie introduces new characters such as sea lions, a beluga whale and an octopus who is said to be Dory's compatriot during her journey.
After more than a decade of waiting, "Bridget Jones" fans will finally get the answer to what happens to the beloved character after she found the right man for her. In "Bridget Jones's Baby", Renee Zellweger is back to reprise her role as the titular lady. The film also brings back Colin Firth as Jones' true love Mark Darcy. Instead of bringing back Hugh Grant's Daniel Cleaver, the sequel to "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" brings in Patrick Dempsey as Mark Qwant, someone who will be involved in a love triangle between Jones and Darcy. Qwant is described as a big and very different rival for Darcy who threatens Darcy in a very different way than Cleaver did.
Harry Potter's adventure may have come to an end in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", but Hogwarts has a ton of mysteries to unveil. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" tells the stories from the point of view of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), the schoolbook's fictitious author in the Potterverse. Set 70 years before Harry Potter reads Scamander's book in Hogwarts, it chronicles Scamander's adventures in New York, where he travels to discover and document more magical creatures. During his trip, Newt meets a lot of new characters like the ones played by Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler and Colin Farrell. To further guarantee that this spin-off won't disappoint, David Yates who directed the last four "Harry Potter" movies is back on the post.