Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness

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Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
Kung Fu Panda - Legends of Awesomeness logo.png
Genre Comedy
Action/Adventure
Martial arts
Fantasy
Format CGI animated series
Developed by Peter Hastings
Voices of Mick Wingert
Fred Tatasciore
Kari Wahlgren
Amir Talai
Lucy Liu
James Sie
Max Koch
James Hong
Theme music composer Jeremy Zuckerman
Benjamin Wynn
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 70 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Peter Hastings
Cheryl Holliday (season 1)
Bret Haaland (season 2-present)
Producer(s) Andrew Huebner
Dean Hoff (season 1)
Running time approx. 23 minutes
Production company(s) DreamWorks Animation
Nickelodeon Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run November 7, 2011 (2011-11-07) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Kung Fu Panda
External links
Website

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness is an American computer-animated television series spun-off from the Kung Fu Panda films. It picks up where the first two films have left off,[1] showing Po's training to becoming a successful Dragon Warrior.

The series was originally set to air on Nickelodeon in 2010,[2] but it was pushed back to 2011 instead. Two special previews were aired on September 19 and October 21, 2011 and it officially premiered on November 7, 2011.[1] Three seasons have aired since then, with the third season taking a six-month hiatus in July 2013, and returning in January 2014.[3]

Beside Lucy Liu and James Hong, who reprise their film roles as Viper and Mr. Ping, the cast features new voice actors for the characters of Po (Mick Wingert), Master Shifu (Fred Tatasciore), Tigress (Kari Wahlgren), Crane (Amir Talai), Monkey (James Sie), and Mantis (Max Koch).[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Po and the Furious Five defend the Valley of Peace from villains of different kinds. All the while, Po makes mistakes, learns lessons, learns more about the history of kung fu, and meets other famous kung fu Masters.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 26 September 19, 2011 (2011-09-19) April 5, 2012 (2012-04-05)
2 26 April 6, 2012 (2012-04-06) June 21, 2013 (2013-06-21)
3 26 June 24, 2013 (2013-06-24) TBA

Cast[edit]

Principal cast[edit]

  • Mick Wingert - Po,[1] Zeng, Bad Po, Kid, Pig Villager, Villagers, Shao, Qilin, Ying (1st Time)
  • Fred Tatasciore - Shifu,[1] Gah-ri, Croc Bandit, Qidan Warrior, Jong's Rhino Guards, Bao, Mongolian Fist Demon, Duck Villager, Elderly Goat, Mayor Pig, Villagers, Jiangshi, Can-Shoo, Bataar
  • Kari Wahlgren - Tigress,[1] Mei Li, Mrs. Yoon, Lam, Fang (1st Time), Villagers, Twins, Han, Yue Yue
  • Amir Talai - Crane,[1] Male Goose
  • Lucy Liu - Viper[1]
  • James Sie - Monkey,[1] Jong's Catapult Guard, Master Chao, Wu Kong
  • Max Koch - Mantis,[1] Jong's Water Buffalo Guards, Croc Bandit in Wig, Cheen-Gwan, Chunlun, Ying (2nd Time)
  • James Hong - Mr. Ping

Additional cast[edit]

Development[edit]

The show's musical score is done by the Track Team.[8] In addition, Sifu Kisu was the martial arts consultant for the show as he was on the Avatar: The Last Airbender series.[9]

Media[edit]

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness also took part in Nickelodeon's revamp to their cartoon season on TV. 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] On July 23, an exclusive sneak peek of the show was shown at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, with producers and members of the voice cast present at the panel.[11] A sneak peek episode was released for the DVD / Blu-ray release for Kung Fu Panda 2 on December 13, 2011.[12] In addition, two sneak preview episodes aired (one on September 19, 2011 and another on October 21, 2011) before the official premiere of the show.

Critical reception[edit]

Mary McNamara of Los Angeles Times called Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness "a show that won't drive every adult in earshot absolutely crazy. And these days, that's saying something."[13] 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" and "isn't a show that's aiming to be cutting edge or original, just mildly entertaining, which it is....This isn't going to harm any kids, but it's not going to impress them either." Then he finished with giving the show a C score overall as the community grade is a B+ score.[14] Despite the mixed reviews, the show has received four Emmy Awards and nominated for four Annie Awards.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2012 Annie Awards[15] Best 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
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon
Daytime Emmy Awards[16][17]
Outstanding Sound Editing - Animation Joe Pizzulo, Paulette Lifton, James Lifton, Benjamin Wynn, Jeremy Zuckerman, Rob McIntryre, Anna Adams, Jason Stiff, Molly Minus, Matt Hall, Andrew Ing, Roberto Dominguez Alegria, Aran Tanchum, Chris Gresham and Lawrence Reyes Won
Outstanding Sound Mixing - Animation Justin Brinsfield, Matt Corey and Thomas J. Maydeck
Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series Sarah Noonan and Meredith Layne
Outstanding Individual in Animation Joel Fajnor
2013 Annie Awards[18][19] Storyboarding in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production Ryan Kramer, Paul Linsley, Kenji Ono, Le Tang, Alice Herring, Mike Mullen, Aaron Hammersley (for "Enter the Dragon") Nominated
Writing in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production Doug Langdale (for "Kung Fu Day Care")
Editorial in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrick Waltjen, Otto Ferrene (for "Monkey in the Middle") Nominated
Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrick Waltjen, Otto Ferrene (for "Enter the Dragon") Won
Daytime Emmy Awards[20][21] Outstanding Children's Animated Program Peter Hastings, Bret Haaland, Randy Dormans, Gabe Swarr, Andrew Huebner Won
Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program Gabe Swarr, Michael Mullen, Lane Lueras, Juan Meza-Leon, Peter Hastings Nominated
Outstanding Individual in Animation Joel Fajnor (for "Kung Fu Day Care") Won
Bill Dely (for "Kung Shoes") Won
Outstanding Writing in Animation Peter Hastings, Doug Langdale, Gene Grillo, Paul Rugg, Kevin Seccia, Scot Kreamer Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing - Animation Joe Pizzulo, Gary Falcone, Jeremy Zukerman, Benjamin Wynn, Rob McIntyre, Anna Adams, Marc Schmidt, Andrew Ing, Jeseey Drake, Roberto Dominguez Alegira, Cynthia Merrill Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing - Animation Justin Brinsfield, Thomas J Maydeck, Rob McIntyre Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards[22] Outstanding Animated Program For episode: "Enter The Dragon" Nominated
2014 Annie Awards[23] Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children's Audience Nominated
Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Katie Matila Nominated
Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Adam Arnold, Hugo Morales, Davrick Waltjen Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award[24][25] Outstanding Children's Animated Program Peter Hastings, Bret Haaland, Randy Dormans, Gabe Swarr, Joann Estoesta and Andrew Huebner Won
Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program Gene Grillo, Peter Hastings, Scott Kreamer, Doug Langdale and Paul Rugg Nominated
Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program Aaron Hammersley, Lane Lueras, Michael Mullen and Peter Hastings Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation Justin Brinsfield, Matt Corey, Thomas J. Maydeck and Rob McIntyre Won
Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation Gary Falcone, Jeremy Zuckerman, Benjamin Wynn, Jessey Drake, Andrew Ing, Anna Adams, Roberto Alegria, Cynthia Merrill, Rob McIntyre and Marc Schmidt Nominated

Home media[edit]

A DVD compilation of seven Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness episodes, titled Good Croc, Bad Croc was released on June 18, 2013 by Fox Home Entertainment. The DVD contains the episodes: "Good Croc, Bad Croc," "The Princess and the Po," "Chain Reaction," "Bad Po," "Jailhouse Panda," "Father Crime," and "Po Fans Out."[26] A DVD, subtitled The Scorpion Sting, was released on October 15, 2013. It contains the episodes: "Scorpion's Sting," "Love Stings," "Owl Be Back," "Monkey in the Middle," "Crane On A Wire," "Kung Shoes," and "Qilin Time."[27] A DVD, subtitled The Midnight Stranger, was released on March 11, 2014. It contains the episodes: "Master Ping," "Shifu's Back," "Terror Cotta," "The Midnight Stranger," "Shoot the Messenger," "Secret Admirer," and "Huge."[28]

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