Parents' Guide to

Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Po mentors accidental warriors in likable action series.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Not very good

Bad guys are not complicated, lots of bickering. Good guys hit each-other for no reason. If you are expecting anything as interesting or complex as the movies, look elsewhere. For fantasy martial arts shows, I'm sticking with Avater: The Last Airbender
age 12+

Could be worse...could be better.

The series has actual overarching plot lines and character development, which is a definite improvement over the Legends of Awesomeness series that that preceded it. However, this series is also more intense, rivaling or even surpassing the film series in terms of scary moments and intense action. Some characters are thought to be dead at various points and even actually die, though in the case of the heroes this is typically temporary. Regrettably, the potty and bodily "humor" are even more frequent than in the film series. Quite a few comments or jokes are also made about Po's "dads"-his biological father and adoptive father. In the second season, two apparently male characters are implied to be a gay couple in some dialogue, while other dialogue seems to indicate that one of them is female.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

After three feature films followed Po discovering his destiny as dragon master and town hero, this series shifts the focus to a new batch of youngsters whose hopes of their own kung fu legacies rest with him. Po is every bit as endearing in his new role as teacher as he was learning the craft himself. Those who have followed his evolution will especially enjoy watching him step into the grown-up role and attempt to mold these young whippersnappers, much as his mentors had to channel their patience to shape him. With four students to manage, there are even more moments of chaos and humor as the story plays out and Po learns how to be a role model to this energetic bunch.

The Paws of Destiny mixes lighthearted content with darker moments and a truly sinister ancient villain who will stop at nothing to steal the kids' inherited chi and harness its power for his own gain. Because the protagonists are so young and their adversary and his lackeys so much more experienced, the battles feel that much more lopsided and potentially dangerous, even though things typically work out in the end. It's important for parents to know their kids' sensitivities with regard to this kind of content before giving this series the thumbs up.

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