Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness

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Martial arts adventures have positive messages for kids.
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Educational value

There are some positive lessons about teamwork and self-confidence to be learned.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff

Some talk about boyfriends and girlfriends.

Language

Characters call each other names like "moron" and use "butt" infrequently.

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's the story?

KUNG FU PANDA: LEGENDS OF AWESOMENESS follows the continuing adventures of Dragon Warrior Po (voiced by Mick Wingert) and the Furious Five as they join forces to ensure continued tranquility in the Valley of Peace. Under the vigilant eye of their wise and patient master, Shifu (Fred Tatasciore), Po and his peers -- Tigress (Kari Wahlgren), Monkey (James Sie), Mantis (Max Koch), Crane (Amir Talai), and Viper (Lucy Liu) -- hone their skills to make sure they're ready for a rotating cast of villains who want to upstage the heroes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about heroes. Is Po an admirable hero? Do his frequent mistakes make him less of one? How do he and his fellow masters complement one another's strengths? In what ways do people's differences strengthen teams?

  • Kids: What challenge do the characters have to overcome? How do they go about it? Would you do the same? Why or why not? What lessons do they learn from their experiences?

  • Have you seen the Kung Fu Panda movies? If so, did they inspire you to watch this show? Are you more likely to buy something with Po's face on it after seeing this show? What other movies would you like to see made into TV shows?

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Parent Written bygiaza August 24, 2013

Not appropriate for kids under 10 anymore!

There are putting in a lot more sexual themes that I do not deem appropriate for a children's show. If this were on teen nick it wouldn't matter much, but since they market it as family friendly they should warn about episodes containing scenes like kissing. Like in Secret Admirer there was a slobbery kiss. This kiss was shown in slow motion. This girl from the looks is 8 or 9 but acts like a very crazy woman! She even barks and pants at Po! Not appropriate for kids anymore!
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Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old May 8, 2012

Made my little brother meaner

My brother is five years old. I am ten. This show somwhat hypnotised him, and taught him that trying to kill your brother is A-Ok. I think this show encourages violence. Do not watch if you have kids under seven.
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Too much violence
Adult Written byGdown94 May 4, 2012

Alright, but they minced that characters.

It's alright. The plot of each episode generally carries a positive message, although I have found some to have subtle undercurrents of negative traits, such as acting on your first impulse or disregarding other's feelings. As for the main character, Po, I think they really minced his character in this series. I know it is just a cartoon, but he acts drastically different. In the movie, he was kind, caring, funny, and brave, a character one could describe as having a "heart of gold". However, he had his imperfections, providing children with a positive role model that isn't perfect, such that children don't feel that such a way of life (aside from the kung fu... I mean acting) is not possible. In the cartoon, however, Po is a bit mean, and tends to disregard the feelings of others. In all, he has gone from being a dynamic, positive character to a negative, cardboard character. For that matter, nearly all of the characters have become static and simple.
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