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Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (also called simply Legends of Awesomeness) is a television series produced by Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation. It is a rough continuation of the first film that stars franchise protagonist Po on his adventures as the Dragon Warrior in the Valley of Peace.
The series premiered on September 19, 2011 with a special preview of "Scorpion's Sting", and then began airing regularly on November 7 with "Sticky Situation". Through several reschedules and air-ceases, the show concluded airing in the U.S. on June 29, 2016 with two-part special "Emperors Rule". Nicktoons continues to air re-runs.
It has been nominated for several awards, winning in categories such as "Best Editing," "Best Sound Mixing," and "Outstanding Children's Animated Program."
From DreamWorks Animation:
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness television series debuts on Nickelodeon in November 2011 in the U.S. The all-new series based on DreamWork[s'] Kung Fu Panda franchise chronicles the continuing adventures of Po — the energetic, enthusiastic and always hungry panda. Filled with comedy, action and adventure, the show also features Master Shifu and the Furious Five: Tigress, Mantis, Crane, Monkey and Viper — who aid Po in his quest to protect the Valley of Peace from emerging threats and fierce new villains.
From Nick Animation Careers:
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. Yeah, that goes without saying. For being the Dragon Warrior is not a destination, it's a journey. Unfortunately for Po, most of that journey is uphill.
- Main article: Category:Legends of Awesomeness episodes
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||26||November 7, 2011||April 5, 2012|
|2||26||April 6, 2012||June 21, 2013|
|3||28||June 24, 2013||June 29, 2016|
Season 1 (2011–2012)
|Legends of Awesomeness Season 1 episodes|
Season 2 (2012–2013)
|Legends of Awesomeness Season 2 episodes|
Season 3 (2013–2016)
|Legends of Awesomeness Season 3 episodes|
- Mick Wingert reprises his role as Po / Zeng / Good Po / Bad Po / Shao / Qilin / Ying (in "Huge") / Additional Voices
- Fred Tatasciore reprises his role as Shifu / Gahri / Mongolian Fist Demon / Mayor Pig / Bao / Can-Shoo / Jia / Additional Voices
- Kari Wahlgren reprises her role as Tigress / Mei Li / Mrs. Yoon / Lam / Fang (first time) / Han / Yue Yue / Additional Voices
- James Sie reprises his role as Monkey / Chao / Wu Kong / Additional Voices
- Amir Talai reprises his role as Crane / Additional Voices
- Lucy Liu reprises her role as Viper
- Max Koch reprises his role as Mantis / Cheen-Gwan / Ying / Lee / Additional Voices
- James Hong continues his role as Mr. Ping / Di Tan
*Organized alphabetically by last name.
Nickelodeon stated that they had "big plans for the [show]", giving the series an additional twenty-six episodes before its official premiere. Episodes were made at DreamWorks Animation using the same computer-generated process as the original film, as well as applying 2D-animated sequences in the same style as seen in both of the films. An intern at Nickelodeon Animation Studios visited the show's recording studio and later blogged that it seemed like the episodes were not written solely for comedic value, but instead had a story-based plot similar to the films.
Some of the show's progress was previewed at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, featuring fully voiced-over scenes from animated storyboards and finished animation (2D "dream sequence" animation and 3D CGI animation). In addition, the preview displayed the show's completed main title sequence, including the show's new theme song.
The show also took part in Nickelodeon's revamp to their cartoon season on television. As an early promotion, Po was featured in a Nickelodeon bumper with all the characters of the shows set to premiere (or were renewed) in 2011.On July 23, an exclusive sneak peek of the series was shown at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. The show's producers and a few select voice cast members were present at the panel, including Mick Wingert (voice of Po), James Hong (voice of Mr. Ping), and John DiMaggio (voice of Fung). During the event, Nickelodeon previewed one of the show's new episodes, as well as some uncompleted footage.
The show's main title theme was written and composed by show writer and executive producer Peter Hastings, and is performed by Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn from the Track Team. It is sung by Po's voice actor Mick Wingert.
Hear the legends of the Kung Fu Panda!
Raised in a noodle shop, never seekin' glory or fame
He climbed a mountain top and earned the Dragon Warrior name!
Ooh! Ahh! Yah!
Kung Fu Panda!
Master Shifu saw the warrior blossom
And master the skills of bodacious and awesome!
Kung Fu Panda!
[Echo: Kung Fu Panda!]
He lives and he trains and he fights with the Furious Five
Protect the Valley somethin'-somethin'-somethin'-somethin' alive!
Ooh! Ahh! Ooh!
Kung Fu Panda!
Legends of Awesomeness.
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On September 19, 2011, the first sneak preview episode was shown on Nickelodeon.
The series has received fairly positive to mixed reviews. Mary McNamara of Los Angeles Times called it "a show that won't drive every adult in earshot absolutely crazy. And these days, that's saying something."
Kevin McFarland of The AV Club said that the series "rips out the elements that made the original film such a surprise, leaving behind a derivative, cliché-laden children's show that recycles moral platitudes adequately but is otherwise indistinguishable from countless other programs", "isn't a show that's aiming to be cutting edge or original, just mildly entertaining, which it is.", and "this isn't going to harm any kids, but it's not going to impress them either." Then finished with giving the show with a C score.
Entertainment Weekly editor Abby West commented on the EW.com website that "The themes of family and acceptance are strong, but the show adds in a whole host of silly characters not in the movies, with voices your child will love to imitate."
|2012||39th Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production — Children||Nominated|
|Character Animation in a Television Production||Micheal Franceschi|
|Directing in a Television Production||Gabe Swarr|
|Editing in a Television Production|| Hugo Morales|
|2012 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||Nominated|
|39th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Children's Animated Program|| |
|Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||James Hong||Nominated|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation||Joel Fajnor||Won|
|Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special|| Meredith Layne|
|Outstanding Direction in an Animated Program|| Gabe Swarr|
|Outstanding Writing in Animation|| Doug Langdale|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing — Animation|| Justin Brinsfield|
Thomas J. Maydeck
|Outstanding Sound Editing — Animation|| Joe Pizzulo|
Roberto Dominguez Alegria
|BAFTA Children's Awards||International Television||DreamWorks Animation / Nickelodeon UK||Nominated|
|2013||40th Annie Awards||Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production|| Ryan Kramer|
("Enter the Dragon")
|Writing in an Animated Television Production|| Doug Langdale|
("Kung Fu Day Care")
|Editorial in an Animated Television Production|| Hugo Morales|
("Monkey in the Middle")
| Hugo Morales|
("Enter the Dragon")
|40th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Children's Animated Program|| Peter Hastings|
|Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program|| Gabe Swarr|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation||Joel Fajnor ("Kung Fu Day Care")||Nominated|
|Bill Dely ("Kung Shoes")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing in Animation|| Peter Hastings|
|Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing — Animation|| Joe Pizzulo|
Roberto Dominguez Alegira
|Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing — Animation|| Justin Brinsfield|
Thomas J Maydeck
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program||Episode: "Enter the Dragon"||Nominated|
A three-volume collection of DVD compilations was released by Fox Home Entertainment, with each volume featuring seven episodes from the show and a code to various game apps by Nickelodeon that unlocked power-ups and exclusive downloads. The collection was originally supposed to contain eight volumes, but only three were ever released.The first volume, titled Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - Good Croc, Bad Croc, was released on June 18, 2013; the second, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - The Scorpion Sting, was released on October 15, 2013; and the third, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - The Midnight Stranger, was released on March 11, 2014.
- The series was Nickelodeon's second DreamWorks deal, with the first being The Penguins of Madagascar.
- Like The Penguins of Madagascar, the series was given a second season before premiering.
- The series was Nickelodeon's first animated series since Avatar: The Last Airbender to normally use half-hour long episodes.
- The series was originally scheduled to air in 2010, but it was later pushed back to 2011.
- While James Hong, Lucy Liu, and Randall Duk Kim reprised their roles from the films for the series, some of the show's other voice actors reprised their roles from the video games.
- Sifu Kisu was the martial arts consultant for the series, who was notably involved in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- ↑ Animation Magazine - "Kung Fu Panda Proves His Chops on Nick" by Ramin Zahed. Published October 7, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- ↑ Retrieved on October 7, 2011 from an older version of DreamWorksAnimation.com
- ↑ Retrieved from an older version of the Nickelodeon Animation Studios website.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7
- ↑ PR Newswire - "Megahit Martial Arts Panda is Back as Nickelodeon and Dreamworks Animation Premiere Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness..." by Nickelodeon. Published & retrieved October 25, 2011.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 ToonBarn.com - "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness chops Nickelodeon". Author unknown. Publish date unknown. Retrieval date unspecified.
- ↑ Archived April 11, 2011. Originally published April 1, 2011. Retrieval date unspecified.
- ↑ Severin's Sketch Blog - "Kung Fu Panda Recording"
- ↑ The YouTube video that featured these contents has been removed on copyright grounds.
- ↑ ToonBarn.com - "Nickelodeon asks: Are you ready? ... Kung-Fu Panda". Author unknown. Publish date unknown. Retrieval date unspecified.
- ↑ MovieWeb.com - "Friday Comic-Con Schedule" by B. Alan Orange. Published July 8, 2011. Retrieval date unspecified.
- ↑ LATimes.com - "Television review: 'Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness'" by Mary McNamara. Published November 7, 2011. Retrieval date unspecified.
- ↑ AVClub.com - "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness" by Kevin McFarland. Published November 7, 2011. Retrieval date unspecified.
- ↑ EW.com - TV Review: Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness by EW Staff. Published July 31, 2012. Retrieval date unspecified.
- ↑ CartoonBrew.com - "'Rango' tops Annie Award Winners" by Jerry Beck. Published February 4, 2012. Retrieval date unspecified.
- ↑ "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Award Nominations" (PDF)
- ↑ BAFTA Awards - "2012 Children's International"
- ↑ AnnieAwards.org - "Annie Awards Nominees"
- ↑ EmmyOnline.tv - "The Nation Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF)
- ↑ Emmys.com - "Outstanding Animated Program" (PDF)
- ↑ Revealed from the DVD collection trailer.
- ↑ The New York Times - "‘Kung Fu Panda’ to Become a Series on Nickelodeon" by Brooks Barnes. Published May 13, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2018.