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Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness

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Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
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"Hear the legends of the Kung Fu Panda!"
Genre: Martial arts
Comedy
Adventure
Action
Running Time: 23 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 19, 2011 – June 29, 2016
Network(s): Nickelodeon (2011–2014)
Nicktoons (2016)
Starring: Mick Wingert
Fred Tatasciore
Kari Wahlgren
Lucy Liu
Amir Talai
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 80


Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (also referred to simply as Kung Fu Panda) is an American computer-animated television comedy series spun off from DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda films. It serves as a bridge between the first and second films, showing Po's training to becoming a successful Dragon Warrior, where the second film is, according to the series' developer Peter Hastings, "not unlike a very long, super-deluxe 3-D version of one of our episodes".

Plot

"Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness" tells the continuing adventures of Po as he trains, protects, fights, teaches, learns, stumbles, talks too much, and geeks out as the newest hero in the Valley of Peace. Now living in the barracks with the Furious Five, Po will have to take on his many new responsibilities, his many new adversaries, and his many old pounds in the continuing adventures of the Dragon Warrior. And kick some serious boo-tay.

Why It Rocks

  1. It is very faithful to the original Kung Fu Panda films it was based off of, taking place in between Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2.
  2. Po himself is a very funny main protagonist most of the time, despite being much more arrogant and cocky than in the movies to the point it can get sometimes out of character, which caused criticism some from the fans (see BQ#4).
  3. Very catchy theme song, as weird as the lyrics might be.
  4. Unlike The Penguins of Madagascar (another good show produced by Dreamworks Animation that is on Nickelodeon), it actually focuses on the plot, instead of just the humor.
  5. Great villains such as Hundun, Fung, Temutai, Ke-Pa and Master Junjie, who are very hilarious and/or intimidating.
  6. Decent animation for a lower-budget TV series, with character expressions and movements being gluent enough.
  7. Delves more onto Shifu's backstory and does it well.
  8. Awesome action scenes, just like the films, despite the low budget.
  9. The series ended perfectly.
  10. Mike Wingert and Fred Tatasciore are great replacements of Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman respectively in voicing Po and SHifu respectively. Most of the time, the characters are well casted.

Bad Qualities

  1. Season 1 was very formulaic.
  2. The animation isn't as good as the films, noticeable by the fur textures are fused unlike the films, which had fur textures, and it can be very distracting.
  3. Can get a bit too violent and mean-spirited at times.
  4. The characters can be a bit out-of-character sometimes, and most have been seemingly flanderized.
    • Many criticized Po's charactization for being more arrogant and cocky than in the movies, since this attitude more or less causes as many problems as Po and the others try to solve.
  5. The show uses the same locations over and over again most of the time, which is unacceptable considering that The Penguins of Madagascar managed to provide many locales despite having the same budget also.
  6. The show recycles A LOT of existing character models, as for example all rhinos have the same guard appearance, even Hundum, who is a prominent antagonist in the series.
  7. While the theme song is good, it doesn't show the series' logo at the end of the song like the other two of DreamWorks' Nickelodeon shows