Okay, this just HAS to be addressed.
For anyone who hasn't heard, there is a new show on Nickelodeon called, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, a spin-off of the already popular series of movies of the same name. While the show was being pitched to television watchers, such as myself, I got excited!
"Wow, really?! A show about Kung Fu Panda? You're kidding me? More Po, Shifu, and the Furious Five? This has GOT to be too good to be true!"
And what great timing, by the way -- just after the second movie came out! The sequel was beyond fabulous, so why can't the show be? It's just a continuation of what's already been established, right?
WRONG!! WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!!
THIS SHOW IS AN UTTER DISGRACE TO ALL THAT IS KUNG FU PANDA!!!!!
I know more about the world of Kung Fu Panda more than these mediocre show-makers! Everything's become a farce -- "how can we take this pain-stakingly created world of culture-driven awesomeness, and turn it into complete CRAP?!"
I see NO effort being put into this show at all. They overlook even the most concrete of details and replace them with their own made-up bullshit! The most important, main characters COULD NOT be anymore out of character than they currently are now! I'll actually give you a list:
Po -- he's still maintained his overly enthusiastic, child-like behavior that we all recognize and love, but he's also gained this unnatural, irresponsible air to him -- where respect for his master and comrades no longer exists. He blatantly disobeys rules and orders that are put in place by Shifu and the others all for some stupid reason that is eventually lost by the end of the episode. He is no longer enjoyable, but rather just annoying and extremely immature. Po, in the films, only wanted to please and help those he thought he'd let down or given reason to not like him. He was sweet-natured and caring, and always put his all into making others satisfied -- even if it meant he would be hurt in the process. He also never makes fun of others -- only himself. He is a humble character who just wants to be something great!
Shifu -- still managing to retain the strict, dead-pan personality that we've come to observe in the movies, but due to the antics of the Dragon Warrior in the show, he is not NEARLY as harsh enough with punishments and making sure the panda learned his lesson. His sole purpose in the show has become to correct Po's mistakes and then walk off into a meditation session -- forgetting completely that a drastic incident had just occurred on his watch.
Tigress -- O...M...G. This...this is just the worst injustice to ever overcome the world EVER! Tigress is supposed to have a very layered, deep, introspective personality that takes time to unfold, and usually by the easy-going Po. But what they've turned her into is just...I can't even think about it sometimes. I get too upset. What this stoic, iron-jawed, skilled, responsible, incredibly focused, and underlying-compassionate warrior is just HORRIFYING. They have completely taken all the "negative" attributes to her (seemingly uncaring, strict, and unpleasant) and made that her solepersonality. The "soft" side that we've witnessed her indulging in Kung Fu Panda Holiday and in Kung Fu Panda 2 have completely disappeared! The show-makers have literally had the audacity to call her "wound up tight, bound by the rules, [and] unimaginative". DO THEY EVEN KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT??!!
They constantly chastise her for being "mean and hard-hearted" and is actually openly mocked for it on the show!
In the episode, "Chain Reaction", Po asks Tigress, "You wanted to be the Dragon Warrior, didn't you?" Tigress responds, "Everyone wanted to be the Dragon Warrior. But, things don't always turn out the way you think."
UUHH, STOP RIGHT THERE, SHITTY SHOW-MAKERS!! That answer was SO lacking in effort that it makes me want to throw up. ANY SELF-RESPECTING KUNG FU PANDA FAN KNOWS THAT THE ONLY RESON TIGRESS WANTED TO BE THE DRAGON WARRIOR WAS BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO MAKE SHIFU PROUD OF HER AND TO PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT SHE WAS WORTH ADMIRING AND WASN'T A SECOND TAI LUNG!!!!!
Po then says later on in the show when Tigress flies into a rage at him for ruining something of hers, "Tigress...you may be a great warrior, but you stink at friendship and...fun-ship."
Well you know what, Po? When you've grown up as an orphan, been called a "monster" your entire childhood for reasons beyond your control, had an adoptive father that with-heald all his love, and strived for 20 agonizing, bone-breaking, years to be the best warrior possible -- all to have it snatched away from you in minutes -- YOU'RE ALLOWED TO BE A LITTLE "UNFRIENDLY" AT TIMES, DAMMIT!
Do they even KNOW Tigress??! There is so much more to her than what meets the eye! Maybe </i>that's</i> why it's become so hard for the show-makers to get her personality right -- because it takes genuine EFFORT in order to fully understand her, and we all know that these butt-scratchers are NOT willing to use effort for anything!!
Oh, and to further prove that point on EFFORT, there was a moment in the most recent episode, "Jailhouse Panda" when Po has disguised himself using a "shift stone", Monkey and Tigress don't recognize him and actually mistake him for a real criminal. In order to prove that it's actually him, he tells them things that only he would know about them. He reveals a couple things that are of the show-makers creations that aren't that big of a deal, but the final comment Po makes about Tigress -- that finally makes her realize it IS Po -- is when he screams, "Tigress, when you were a teenager, you had a crush on Shifu!"
I nearly shat myself. I screamed at my computer for so long that my mother thought I was being raped. This is no joke.
MASTER SHIFU IS TIGRESS' ADOPTIVE FATHER!!!! HOW COULD SHE POSSIBLY HAVE HAD A CRUSH ON HIM!!!! THIS FATHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP WAS OPENLY REVEALED IN Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five that came with the release of the DVD in 2008. THIS IS NOT SOME LOST INFORMATION THAT WOULD HAVE TAKEN RESEARCH TO UNCOVER!!! THIS IS COMMON KUNG FU PANDA KNOWLEDGE, PEOPLE!! The lack of effort being put into this show is just SICKENING!!
*Pant...pant...pant* Okay, I've calmed my rant now...
But seriously, hopefully you all somewhat understand what I'm going through here, right? I mean...this is just really bad. I don't really know what to do with this dilemma I have -- do I continue to watch the show, or do I save myself from further torment and go on with my daily life? I was hoping that you could help me.
*Sigh*...thanks for listening/reading, everyone. You can all go back to your lives now. I have to go searching for mine. I think this horrible adaptation of a TV show stole mine...