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Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (also known as Kung Fu Panda: The Series or simply Legends of Awesomeness) is a television series developed by Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation. According to executive producer Peter Hastings, it is a continuation of the first film.[1] The show premiered worldwide on November 7, 2011 with the airing of the episode "Sticky Situation".

Plot

Synopsis

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.[2]

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.[3]

Episodes

Main article: Category: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 26 June 24, 2013 TBA

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Unknown

Voice cast

Main cast

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The show's main heroes: Po and the Furious Five

Guest cast

*Organized alphabetically by last name.

Production

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The show's official logo

Nickelodeon had stated that they had "big plans for the [show]"[7], giving the series an additional twenty-six episodes, bringing the total to fifty-two.[8] These were made at Dreamworks Animation SKG 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.[9]

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Promotional image featuring the main cast
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The soundtrack for the series is being done by the Track Team[10], who are known for composing the score for Avatar: The Last Airbender.[11] In addition, Sifu Kisu is the martial arts consultant for the show as he was on the Avatar: The Last Airbender series.[12]

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 which is sung by Po. [13]

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.[14]

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Promotional poster for the show
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On July 23, an exclusive sneak peek of the series was shown at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.[15] The show's producers and a few select voice cast members were present at the panel, including Mick Wingert (the new voice of Po), James Hong (the returning voice of Mr. Ping), and John DiMaggio (the voice of new character Fung). During the event, Nickelodeon previewed one of the show's new episodes, as well as some uncompleted footage.[16]

On September 19, 2011, the first sneak preview episode was shown on Nickelodeon.[17] Another additional sneak peek episode was released on the DVD / Blu-ray release for Kung Fu Panda 2.[18]

Opening theme

The show's main title theme was written and composed by Peter Hastings (the show's writer and executive producer), and is performed by Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn from the Track Team. It is sung by Mick Wingert (Po's voice actor for the show).

Lyrics

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! Yaa!
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.
[Po: Sweet!]

Reception

Critical

The show 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."[19]

Kevin McFarland of The AV Club said that the show "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.[20]

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."[21]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2012 39th Annie Awards[22] 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
Davrick Waltjen
Adam Arnold
Otto Ferrene
2012 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon Nominated
39th Daytime Emmy Awards[23] Outstanding Children's Animated Program Peter Hastings
Cheryl Holliday
Bret Haaland
Randy Dormans
Dean Hoff
Andrew Huebner
Nominated
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
Sarah Noonan
Won
Outstanding Direction in an Animated Program Gabe Swarr
Jim Schumann
Mike Mullen
Juan Meza-Leon
Peter Hastings
Nominated
Outstanding Writing in Animation Doug Langdale
Kevin Seccia
Peter Hastings
Cheryl Holliday
Scott Kreamer
Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing — Animation Justin Brinsfield
Matt Corey
Thomas J. Maydeck
Won
Outstanding Sound Editing — Animation Joe Pizzulo
Jeremy Zuckerman
Benjamin Wynn
Rob McIntyre
Anna Adams
Jason Stiff
Molly Minus
Matt Hall
Andrew Ing
Roberto Dominguez Alegria
Won
BAFTA Children's Awards[24] International Television DreamWorks Animation / Nickelodeon UK Nominated
2013 40th Annie Awards[25] Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production Ryan Kramer
Paul Linsley
Kenji Ono
Le Tang
Alice Herring
Michael Mullen
Aaron Hammersley
("Enter the Dragon")
Nominated
Writing in an Animated Television Production Doug Langdale
("Kung Fu Day Care")
Nominated
Editorial in an Animated Television Production Hugo Morales
Adam Arnold
Davrick Waeden
Otto Ferraye
("Monkey in the Middle")
Nominated
Hugo Morales
Adam Arnold
Davrick Waeden
Otto Ferraye
("Enter the Dragon")
Won
40th Daytime Emmy Awards[26] Outstanding Children's Animated Program Peter Hastings
Bret Haaland
Randy Dormans
Andrew Huebner
Won
Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program Gabe Swarr
Michael Mullen
Lane Lueras
Juan Meza-Leon
Peter Hastings
Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Joel Fajnor ("Kung Fu Day Care") Nominated
Bill Dely ("Kung Shoes") Nominated
Outstanding Writing in Animation Peter Hastings
Doug Langdale
Gene Grillo
Paul Rugg
Kevin Seccia
Scott Kreamer
Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing — Animation Joe Pizzulo
Gary Falcone
Jeremy Zukerman
Benjamin Wynn
Rob McIntyre
Anna Adams
Marc Schmidt
Andrew Ing
Jessey Drake
Roberto Dominguez Alegira
Cynthia Merrill
Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing — Animation Justin Brinsfield
Thomas J Maydeck
Rob McIntyre
Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards[27] Outstanding Animated Program Episode: "Enter the Dragon" Nominated

Home media

See Category:Legends of Awesomeness DVDs
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DVD cover art of the collection's first volume, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - Good Croc, Bad Croc
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An eight-volume collection of DVD compilations is being periodically released by Fox Home Entertainment. Each volume features seven episodes from the show (running at about 154 minutes total) and includes a code to Nickelodeon's "Protect the Valley" game app that unlocks power-ups and exclusive downloads.

Three out of the eight volumes have been released so far: 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 remaining volumes' titles and release dates have yet to be announced.

Trivia

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References

  1. AnimationMagazine.net - "Kung Fu Panda Proves His Chops on Nick" by Ramin Zahed
  2. DreamWorksAnimation.com - "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Synopsis" (retrieved October 7, 2011)
  3. Nickelodeon Animation Studios
  4. MSN.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 IMDb.com - "Full cast and crew for 'Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness'"
  6. PRNewswire.com - "Megahit Martial Arts Panda is Back..."
  7. 7.0 7.1 ToonBarn.com - "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness chops Nickelodeon"
  8. NickUtopia.com - "Nickelodeon 'Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness'"
  9. Severin's Sketch Blog - "Kung Fu Panda Recording"
  10. TheTrackTeam.com - News
  11. Wikipedia - Jeremy Zuckerman
  12. TV.com - Sifu Kisu
  13. Viewable from YouTube
  14. ToonBarn.com - "Nickelodeon asks: Are you ready? . . . Kung-Fu Panda"
  15. MovieWeb.com - Friday Comic-Con Schedule
  16. ToonZone.net - "Nickelodeon Unveils Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness"
  17. Nick.com - "Shows: Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness"
  18. Amazon.com - "Kung Fu Panda 2 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (2011)"
  19. LATimes.com - "Television review: 'Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness'" by Mary McNamara
  20. AVClub.com - "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness" by Kevin McFarland
  21. EW.com - TV Review: Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness]
  22. CartoonBrew.com - "'Rango' tops Annie Award Winners" by Jerry Beck
  23. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Award Nominations" (PDF)
  24. BAFTA Awards - "2012 Children's International"
  25. AnnieAwards.org - "Annie Awards Nominees"
  26. EmmyOnline.tv - "The Nation Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF)
  27. Emmys.com - "Outstanding Animated Program" (PDF)
  28. IMDb.com - "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness"

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