Jack Black Rocks Britney's Hit in Kung Fu Panda 4

Jack Black unveils musical surprise at movie premiere

by Zain ul Abedin
Jack Black Rocks Britney's Hit in Kung Fu Panda 4
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In a surprising twist at the "Kung Fu Panda 4" premiere this past Sunday in Los Angeles, Jack Black, the beloved voice behind the franchise's protagonist Po, disclosed an electrifying addition to the movie's soundtrack. The 54-year-old actor and musician have infused the end credits with a hard rock cover of Britney Spears' iconic 1998 hit, "Baby One More Time," a collaboration born out of his musical partnership with Kyle Gass, his comrade in the comedic rock duo Tenacious D.

During the star-studded event, Black shared the unexpected journey of how this cover came to be, crediting the film's director, Mike Mitchell, with the initial proposal. "Mike approached us with the idea of including a Tenacious D track for the film's closing credits," Black recounted.

"When he agreed to our pitch of transforming a Britney Spears classic into a rock anthem, we knew we had something special."

Rocking Spears' Classic

The decision to choose "Baby One More Time" was not arbitrary. According to Black, Mitchell believed the pop song's themes resonated well with the martial arts elements of "Kung Fu Panda 4," making it a fitting yet unconventional choice.

Black and Gass reimagined the track through the distinct lens of Tenacious D, promising a version that fans of both the movie and the band would appreciate. Adding to the anticipation, Black revealed that the duo also filmed a music video for their rendition, choosing the movie's premiere's carpet as their backdrop.

The video, which has been teasing fans on social media platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and X (formerly Twitter), features Black and Gass delivering an energetic performance that mirrors the playful spirit of the film itself.

This creative endeavor has ignited speculation and excitement among fans, especially after Black hinted at the connection between the song and "Kung Fu Panda 4" through strategic use of panda emojis in his posts. As the movie hits theaters on March 8, audiences are not only eager to dive into Po's latest adventure but also to experience the unique musical blend that Black and Gass have crafted for the film's finale, marking a memorable crossroads between pop culture icons.