A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There are some positive lessons about teamwork and self-confidence to be learned.
The kung fu masters value honesty, teamwork, patience, forgiveness, and loyalty, and positive qualities like these are central to the characters' ability to weather storms and defeat evildoers. Po isn't a traditional Dragon Warrior, but he uses his strengths -- including creative problem solving and a positive attitude -- to compensate for what he lacks. Villains are no match for the kung fu masters, and good always prevails over evil.
Positive Role Models
Po doesn't appear to be a model kung fu master, but he excels in nontraditional ways that earn the respect of his peers and his master. He never allows himself to get bogged down in what he does wrong (which is a lot); instead, he's constantly seeking out a solution to the problem. He also understands the value in admitting a mistake and making amends for it.
Violence & Scariness
Martial arts-style combat is common both in training scenes and in the protagonists' face-offs with villains. Machines play a role in the fighting at times, which ups the intensity but never really hurts the characters. Mild peril and verbal threats of harm and implied death may be too much for very young viewers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some talk about boyfriends and girlfriends.
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Characters call each other names like "moron" and use "butt" infrequently.
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Products & Purchases
This series is intertwined with a marketing franchise that includes multiple movies, TV specials, video games, and just about every accessory/product tie-in you can think of.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that martial arts-style combat is common in this series based on the popular Kung Fu Panda movies, but the show's 30-minute format keeps the combat scenes brief. Villains come and go, and none cast notably dark shadows on the comedy, again thanks to the abbreviated running time. Because the stories change in each episode, there are different themes to be found from show to show, but each one touches on some positive quality like loyalty, honesty, and determination. Kids who've seen the movies will want to tune in to see what the atypical Dragon Warrior and his friends are up to, and they'll find more of the sight gags and Po-style humor they've come to love from this underdog hero. If your kids are new to the characters, though, you should know that their faces grace an extensive line of kid-targeted merchandise like clothing, toys, games, and books.
Is It Any Good?
The much-loved warrior panda reprises his untraditional ways that simultaneously get under his cohorts' skin and somehow wind up saving the day time and time again. Po's uniqueness is what separates him from his peers and what raises this otherwise mediocre series to another level. He's a true underdog, and his nonconformist style serves a greater purpose than just comedy; it actually reminds viewers that it's OK to be different and that sometimes heroes come in the most unexpected packages.
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness actually benefits from its 30-minute timeframe, since there's little time to make villains too scary and only minimal hand-to-hand combat. The brisk pace keeps the ball -- and the gags -- rolling, lightening the mood and downplaying the danger. The result is a kid-friendly show that packs some hearty messages about individuality, working as a team, and seeing past preconceptions.
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