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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[1] 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."

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: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)

Season 2 (2012–2013)

Season 3 (2013–2016)

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

LOAfall

The show's official logo and cast

Nickelodeon stated that they had "big plans for the [show]"[6], giving the series an additional twenty-six episodes before its official premiere.[7] 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.[8]

Loapromotion

Promotional image featuring the main cast

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.[9]

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.[10]

Po-legends

Promotional poster for the show

On July 23, an exclusive sneak peek of the series was shown at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.[11] 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.

Music

The soundtrack for the series was done by the Track Team, who are known for composing the score for Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Opening theme

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.

Lyrics

Hear the legends of the Kung Fu Panda!

[Scat singing]

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.

[Po: Sweet!]

Tracks

Release

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On September 19, 2011, the first sneak preview episode was shown on Nickelodeon.

Reception

Critical

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."[12]

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.[13]

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."[14]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2012 39th Annie Awards[15] 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[16] 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[17] International Television DreamWorks Animation / Nickelodeon UK Nominated
2013 40th Annie Awards[18] 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[19] 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[20] Outstanding Animated Program Episode: "Enter the Dragon" Nominated

Home media

See Category:Legends of Awesomeness DVDs
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DVD cover art of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - Good Croc, Bad Croc

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,[21] 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.

Trivia

  • 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.[6]
  • 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.[22]
  • 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.[23]
  • Sifu Kisu was the martial arts consultant for the series, who was notably involved in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Gallery

Promos

Screenshots

Concept art

Videos

References

  1. Animation Magazine - "Kung Fu Panda Proves His Chops on Nick" by Ramin Zahed. Published October 7, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  2. Retrieved on October 7, 2011 from an older version of DreamWorksAnimation.com
  3. Retrieved from an older version of the Nickelodeon Animation Studios website.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 IMDb-favicon Full cast and crew for Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness at the Internet Movie Database
  5. 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. 6.0 6.1 ToonBarn.com - "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness chops Nickelodeon". Author unknown. Publish date unknown. Retrieval date unspecified.
  7. Wayback-favicon NickUtopia.com - "Nickelodeon 'Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness'" via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. Archived April 11, 2011. Originally published April 1, 2011. Retrieval date unspecified.
  8. Severin's Sketch Blog - "Kung Fu Panda Recording"
  9. The YouTube video that featured these contents has been removed on copyright grounds.
  10. ToonBarn.com - "Nickelodeon asks: Are you ready? ... Kung-Fu Panda". Author unknown. Publish date unknown. Retrieval date unspecified.
  11. MovieWeb.com - "Friday Comic-Con Schedule" by B. Alan Orange. Published July 8, 2011. Retrieval date unspecified.
  12. LATimes.com - "Television review: 'Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness'" by Mary McNamara. Published November 7, 2011. Retrieval date unspecified.
  13. AVClub.com - "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness" by Kevin McFarland. Published November 7, 2011. Retrieval date unspecified.
  14. EW.com - TV Review: Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness by EW Staff. Published July 31, 2012. Retrieval date unspecified.
  15. CartoonBrew.com - "'Rango' tops Annie Award Winners" by Jerry Beck. Published February 4, 2012. Retrieval date unspecified.
  16. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Award Nominations" (PDF)
  17. BAFTA Awards - "2012 Children's International"
  18. AnnieAwards.org - "Annie Awards Nominees"
  19. EmmyOnline.tv - "The Nation Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF)
  20. Emmys.com - "Outstanding Animated Program" (PDF)
  21. Revealed from the DVD collection trailer.
  22. The New York Times - "‘Kung Fu Panda’ to Become a Series on Nickelodeon" by Brooks Barnes. Published May 13, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  23. IMDb-favicon Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness at the Internet Movie Database

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