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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 , it is a continuation of the first film. The show premiered worldwide on November 7, 2011 with the airing of the episode "Sticky Situation".
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."
"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: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|
- Mick Wingert reprises his role as Po / Zeng / Good Po / Bad Po / Shao / Qilin / Ying / Additional Voices
- Fred Tatasciore reprises his role as Shifu / Gahri / Mongolian Fist Demon / Mayor Pig / Bao / Can-Shoo / Additional Voices
- Kari Wahlgren reprises her role as Tigress / Mei Li / Mrs. Yoon / Lam / Fang (first time) / Han / 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 / Additional Voices
- James Hong continues his role as Mr. Ping / Di Tan
*Organized alphabetically by last name.
Nickelodeon had stated that they had "big plans for the [show]", giving the series an additional twenty-six episodes, bringing the total to fifty-two. 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.The soundtrack for the series is being done by the Track Team, who are known for composing the score for Avatar: The Last Airbender. In addition, Sifu Kisu is the martial arts consultant for the show as he was on the Avatar: The Last Airbender series.
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. 
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 23rd, 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 (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.On September 19, 2011, the first sneak preview episode was shown on Nickelodeon. Another additional sneak peek episode was released on the DVD / Blu-ray release for Kung Fu Panda 2.
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).
- 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!]
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."
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.
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."
Awards and nominations
|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 DVD compilation of seven episodes, titled Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - Good Croc, Bad Croc, was released by Fox Home Entertainment on June 18, 2013. It runs a total of 154 minutes and features the following episodes: "Good Croc, Bad Croc", "The Princess and the Po", "Chain Reaction", "Bad Po", "Jailhouse Panda", "Father Crime", and "Po Fans Out".
"Brace yourself for awesome action and legendary laughs in this fun-filled animated TV series based on the Academy Award-Nominated hit movie Kung Fu Panda! As the chosen Dragon Warrior and sworn protector of the Valley of Peace, Po the panda is highly skilled, ever vigilant and hungry for justice... and dumplings. Together with the Furious Five - Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper - Po must fend off fierce villains, including an evil version of himself (courtesy of the Mystical Mirror of Yin and Yang) and the toothy Croc Bandits!"
A second DVD compilation of seven episodes, titled Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - The Scorpion Sting, was released on October 15, 2013. It runs a total of 154 minutes and features the following episodes: "Scorpion's Sting", "Love Stings", "Owl Be Back", "Monkey in the Middle", "Crane on a Wire", "Kung Shoes", and "Qilin Time". In addition, this volume includes a code to the game app "Scorpion Maze" that unlocks power-ups and exclusive downloads.
"Get ready for more high-kicking action and fur-flying fun in this awesome animated TV series based on the Academy Award®-Nominated hit movie Kung Fu Panda! He may not be your typical warrior, but Po packs an arsenal of martial arts skills as big as his heart... and his stomach. Always ready to fight for what's right, Po and the Furious Five—Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper—face exotic dangers at every turn, including a pair of magic shoes with an evil 'sole,' and Scorpion, one of the sharpest villains in all the land!"
The third DVD compilation in the eight-volume collection, titled Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - The Midnight Stranger, is scheduled for release in Spring 2014.
- This is 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.
- This is Nickelodeon's first animated series since Avatar: The Last Airbender to normally use half-hour long episodes.
- 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.
- There are some minor inconsistencies for the coloring of some characters, such as Tigress' eyelids being black instead of white and Shifu's legs being white instead of brown.