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Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny is an upcoming web series produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and distributed by Amazon. It follows the adventures of four panda children who gain magical chi powers and receive help from Po in controlling their powers and stopping an evil force. It is scheduled to release on November 16, 2018.
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny follows the adventures of four energetic panda kids: Nu Hai, Bao, Jing, and Fan Tong. When the friends stumble upon a mystical cave beneath Panda Village, they have no idea they're about to absorb the chi, or energy, of ancient kung fu warriors known as the Four Constellations. Now it's up to them to save the world from an evil force — but first, Master Po must teach them how to use their newfound powers.
Based on traditional Chinese astronomy, the Four Constellations — Blue Dragon, Black Tortoise, White Tiger and Red Phoenix — are said to have been the first warriors to achieve total mastery of chi. A few millennia ago, the masters used their powers to defeat their corrupt teacher, Jindiao. Worried their good chi couldn't exist without a powerful dark chi to balance it out, the masters then sealed themselves into an underground temple to keep the world safe. Little did they know that Jindiao lives, albeit in the new body of a vulture. If Jindiao can absorb the Four Constellations’ chi and restore himself to his true form, the world will be in grave danger.
When four panda kids stumble upon a mystical cave beneath Panda Village, accidentally absorbing the chi of ancient and powerful kung fu warriors known as the Four Constellations, they must realize a destiny to save the world from an evil force. Meanwhile, Po finds himself faced with his biggest challenge yet — teaching this ragtag band of kids how to wield their newfound powers.
- Main article: Category:Paws of Destiny episodes
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- Mick Wingert as Po, the franchise protagonist
- James Hong as Mr. Ping, Po's adoptive goose father
- Haley Tju as Nu Hai, one of the series' young panda protagonists
- Gunnar Sizemore as Bao, one of the series' young panda protagonists
- Laya DeLeon Hayes as Jing, one of the series' young panda protagonists
- Makana Say as Fan Tong, one of the series' young panda protagonists
- Christopher Swindle as Li, Po's biological panda father
- Amy Hill as Grandma Panda, legal guardian of Nu Hai and Bao
- Cherise Boothe as Jade Tusk, assistant to Jindiao
- Steve Blum as Jindiao, the series antagonist
- Chrissy Metz as Mei Mei, a female resident of Panda Village
- Piotr Michael as Oogway, a kung fu grand master and Po's senior teacher
- Jeff Bennett as Zhizhu, a giant spider that protect the Wellspring
Development for the series started in September 2015, and then production officially began in February 2017. During the fifteen months of development, executive producer Elliott Owen commented that they "spent a lot of time figuring out how to make it look as good as possible." The goal was to have the series be as close to its film counterparts while keeping within a TV budget and a limited time frame. With this in mind, the team used various animation tools and techniques that would allow high-quality rendering with their limits on budget and time. Such tools include Maya, V-Ray, Mari, Nuke, and Houdini, with some custom DreamWorks tools such as Shot-Light Tool, FX Scene Builder, Character and Prop Auto-Rigger, and Cache Tool.
Likewise to animating, the show producers also wanted the story and scenes to match the quality of the franchise's feature films. Executive producer and showrunner Mitch Watson says that "it boils down to how good we all wanted it to look—because we weren't going to settle for anything that looked like it was less than the feature." He also mentions that during the development process, each portion of the show would get multiple passes after it was out of script and storyboards. He and his co-executive producers "gave each other the option that we would cut out anything that we didn't like ... And then we'd rewrite and re-board it. ... We didn't want to settle."
The series was first discussed in November 2017 by producer Mitch Watson while guest-starring on entertainment podcast The Nightfly with Dave Juskow. When asked about new shows, Watson mentioned "a new version of Kung Fu Panda," one that is "more like the films" and "serialized," also noting that it will be releasing on Amazon. He also indirectly revealed Po's voice being done by Mick Wingert.
On April 12, 2018, the series was officially announced for Amazon's upcoming programming for 2018, revealing its title, plot synopsis, and planned release period. On May 23, 2018, it was announced that Leo Birenberg is composing the score for the series.
On October 1, 2018, the series' first trailer was released, which featured its characters and a brief plot overview. On November 9, 2018, the first clip was uploaded to DreamWorks' YouTube channel, featuring the show's protagonists fighting against one of the show's antagonists. Four days later, on November 13, People released another clip featuring Mei Mei alongside their exclusive interview with the character's voice actress for the show, Chrissy Metz. Then on November 15, three more clips were released: one featuring the show's panda kid stars fighting against a demon, one displaying the show's main antagonist, and one with the show's protagonists opening the Wellspring.
- This series marks the first time a DreamWorks Animation original series will be available to Amazon Prime Video customers worldwide. It will also be the second series in DreamWorks' series history to be released on Amazon (rather than Netflix), coming after The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.
- Lane Lueras, one of the producers of the series, has also served as director of some episodes in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.
- ↑ : "Feeling a combo platter of excitement, pride and relief ... at having written on the new 'Kung Fu Panda' series that will be debut’ing later in the year." Published April 17, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Film Music Reporter - "Leo Birenberg to Score DreamWorks Animation's 'Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny'". Published & retrieved May 23, 2018.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Deadline - "New ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Series From DreamWorks Animation TV Headed To Amazon" by Erik Pedersen. Published & retrieved April 12, 2018.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Idelson, Karen (December 2018). "Po Bounces Back". Animation Magazine, p. 30–31. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Collider - "Exclusive First Trailer for ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny’ Shows Off the Amazon Series" by Dave Trumbore. Published & retrieved October 1, 2018.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Collider - "DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ Trailer Reveals the Amazon Kids Series" by Dave Trumbore. Published & retrieved April 12, 2018.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Comicbook - "Exclusive: Meet the Foe of 'Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny'" by Jenna Anderson. Published & retrieved November 15, 2018.
- ↑ Revealed by show producer Mitch Watson on The Nightfly with Dave Juskow - "Live from Los Angeles with Mitch Watson" (@1:19:42 in the audio clip). Recorded & published on November 6, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
- ↑ People.com - "Chrissy Metz Opens Up About Landing Her 'Bucket List' Role in Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny" by Karen Mizoguchi. Published November 13, 2018. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
- ↑ Romper - "Master Po Faces A New Challenge On 'Kung Fu Panda: Paws Of Destiny' — EXCLUSIVE" by Megan Walsh. Published & retrieved November 15, 2018.
- Official website