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...
- Mood: Rage
- Listening to: HTTYD and KFP Holiday specials
- Reading: Handmaids Tale
- Watching: same as "Listening to:"
- Playing: with mah phone
- Eating: chipotle
- Drinking: darjeeling tea
I love KFP LOA. (I'll complain about the textures)
Downsides- No high detail, fake like backgrounds
eh even for those two, I still love KFP.
Everyone involved in the making of that THING should've been strapped to a chair and watch the 2 movies a hundred times each so that they actually see how they effed up the series.
My BIGGEST problem with this... joke... is that's being considered canon. CANON. Why don't we make every fanfic canon too? Pfft...
Good to see so many people agree with me on that matter, maybe someone will realize the complete bullshit that that show is and retcon it somewhere along the line...
WAOH I cant believe that I feel someone can fell exactly like I feel
Its literally like everything I had in my mind was typed in by another person...This just shows that I'm no the only infuriated KFP Fan.I feel your pain bro,and have you seen the latest episodes? It just makes me wanna go kill the Legends of Awesomeness' Producers.
"How about NO???!!! You annoying little bastard!"
First off, I know animating fur is tough, but they all look like blobs! If you're gonna do a series on animals, make me WANT to look at the characters. For examples, in the second movie when they're in the prison and Tigress says "Ready" and takes a stance, the fur is so beautifully lit and it complements her every expression, movement, etc. In the series, the "fur" makes me want to gag. It's basically colored skin! And not even that!
Second, like you said, they've taken emotionally complex and lovable characters and turned them into plot devices. Your many angered sentences on Tigress ALONE expresses my feelings on this. And the family that we get to see formed in the movies is burned and maimed into a group of simpletons who can barely tolerate each other's presence most of the time.
Third, if you took any fight sequence from one of the movies and watched it frame by frame, it would still be more interesting than the "fighting" in the show. These are highly trained warriors, the Five having defeated like 10,000 warriors in a previously stated battle, and Tigress is captured by two crocodile bandits. What. The. Crap. It's choppy and it could be done by a complete beginner of really any fighting style.
Finally, the culture is long tossed aside. Sure they have things like arranged marraige and palaces, but other than that, it's any present day in an American cartoon. A TERRIBLE American cartoon.
I'll now be going back to the ACTUAL Kung Fu Panda that I know and love.
"Friends are like trees, they fall down when you hit them multiple times with an axe."
✔Mentally Dating Scratte
And am I the only one who is extrememly bothered by Po's character design in the show?? He just looks... dumb! His eyes are wayyyyy to big... that's what ruins it for me overall... :/
However... the liberties taken with the characters for the sake of the plot are very groan-worthy. So often I find myself thinking "There's no way X would do that." There's a moment like this in every episode so far. Some of the episode plots are very tired and do nothing to shake up the formula. And a fair amount of the humor falls very flat (I'm looking at you 'In With The Old'). Every so often there's a pretty solid episode, but even those are rife with OOC moments or overused plot elements.
All-in-all I don't like the show, but I love KFP. So I'll end end up watching the series because it's KFP, but I won't love it. It will do as filler between movies. *shrug*
at first i thought this show was using info from some sort or short, or wiki i dint know about, but over time i realized this show is bull sh*t
im not mad at the show, i can actually understand why they make it, im sad at the fact it exists, its like call of duty, it adds a few new ideas each show, mostly recycling old content, but it still sucks.
I love the movies, so much more detail in them, i just hope the future movies dont use any content for the tv show
*Rant in progress! stop reading if you have seen enough bull sh+& for the show all ready* Rated M for suggestive themes.
Let me explain my feelings for this show in a math equation
Kung Fu Panda Legends Of Awesomeness= An idea produced from a sugar high of 5 mountain dews, A jelly doughnut, and a bunch of cheap greedy ass bastards.
Remember to subtract a maturity level from each character as has been shown in the series by the 'wonderful and unique' authors.
Po= Nerfed. Well I guess the 'writers' (Jack asses that were spawned from some AID infested country in Africa)
Tigress= changed. Unknown personality appears in the series as well as needs, interests, and goals
Shifu= Well actually you summed up Shifu pretty well in your review. Just the adult to clean up Po's mess at the end of the episode.
Monkey= Unexplained. Jackie Chan's voice seemed to supply an excited and energetic character but now he's like a Russian Mongolian pot head in only for the chaos the unfolds at the palace.
Mantis= Actually not that far apart from the movie. Max Koch does a really good job as mimicking Seth Rogen and the childish jokes that come from his mouth aren't that far away from expected from Mantis. The episode Hometown Hero really lowered the bar for expectation for Mantis though. Enough said.
Viper=Well Viper doesn't really get many lines so all I have to do is say "Thanx assholes" for not providing a script smart enough to allow all characters to even have lines that a hobo taking a dump on an iPad in Walmart could have conjured up.
Crane=tears. I had hopes for Crane. I really did. They could have shoved dumplings up everyone's asses and I wouldn't have cared but they had to ruin the character that I adore as my favorite of the furious five. Crane R.I.P.
As for the rest of the shitty characters added in the show I don't mind. Half Yes and only half of the villains were pretty decent. Yes there are episodes that I want to cut out because of lame remarks such as the Tigress/Shifu crush dilemma. Like if I could delete that episode from even appearing to audiences I would probably receive a Nobel peace award. That episode would have 0% impact on anyone if that episode was removed. And further more I would like to hunt down the writer for the script and shove a brick so far up his ass that it comes out his mouth.
*End of rant*
Thank you everybody and keep on supporting the dismantling of this show!
What really irked me most of all, however, was that Po, the Furious 5, and Shifu seems a lot weaker in the show. I assume it's to give the bad guys an easier time against them. But it's sad every time I watch them have a difficult time against the Croc bandits.
Seriously... Croc bandits. Anyone Furious five alone, or Po, should be able to handle them no problem ._.
The second is what you pointed out. That the characters are... well, off in personality. Po's too irresponsible, and the Furious 5 hardly have any time in the show that they feel too flat.
And, because it's a show for kids, we probably won't see any love life in the show. Or, if we do, it's probably only going to last one episode and promptly disappear the next one ._.
But, despite this... I have to admit, the show's very entertaining in other ways. The humor is actually hilarious. I laughed more than once.
And I'm impressed how they expand the Culture with new ideas and character. Like Scorpion and Fenhuang. And Tai Ling's nephew, who's searching for his Uncle.
True, the show has some negatives. But if you learn to just see it was a show, you'll find it very entertaining too ^^"
I only recently got into this franchise. I was very pleasantly surprised by the films. I don't even want to say that they're kid's films. They're slightly more mature films that are still kid friendly. Even if the humor does occasionally fall on deaf ears with older viewers. The characters being animals has no effect over the target audience. *cough* Animal Farm *cough*. I was taken aback (in a good way) at the depth the movies had. Things like:
Shifu's inner turmoil over having essentially created one of the greatest terrors anyone had known to that point.
Po's suppressed memories.
Shen's Freudian excuses for why his parents banished him.
And, I'm still trying to figure out what exactly is up with Tigress. We still don't fully know why she was ever in that orphanage, or why she feels so stoic. We got some emotions out of her in the second film which showed how much she truly cared for Po and the rest of the team, but only in the most tense and extreme of situations. I don't think I'm alone in saying that she's my favorite character overall.
These are mighty complex character issues for particularly young viewers. In a traditional "Kid's movie" it's exceedingly rare for characters to have any kind of real inner emotional or self-destructive problems of any kind, let alone the characters that are the heroes of the story. I was so happy to finally see an animated film that wasn't an anime that actually had themes in it that somebody my age could enjoy. It's always nice to care about the characters. It felt like Avatar (the original TV show) to me. It had a base story that was serious and characters that were complex, but could be fun for people of all ages.
That's why I truly dislike this show. Not because it's inherently bad. I dislike it because it has geared the franchise COMPLETELY towards children. Don't get me wrong, it's funnier and certainly more respectable than some of the other tripe on networks like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network these days. It's probably healthier than most other cartoons for any young kids who watch it. But, Nickelodeon has HAD a fairly mature show on the network before which I mentioned, and it was a MASSIVE success. The voice acting isn't too bad I guess. I simply feel that it's too much of a far-cry from its movie counterparts. Where the movies were humorous, the show is just silly. Every episode is, "Po screwed something up. Now, everyone else has to help him fix it." I understand that a TV show is on a much tighter schedule than a movie, but the animation in the show is just agonizingly stiff, and the backgrounds (all, like, three of them) are over-used.
I SINCERELY hope that this show does NOT effect how the movies are made in any way. Dreamworks has finally started a series of movies that I really have come to appreciate and sincerely enjoy. We all know there's going to be a third one, there's little to no doubt about that. I hope and pray that they stick to the formula they used in the first two films and plan to further explore the characters.
Sorry for the rant responding to the rant. But, DAMMIT, I'm passionate about good story telling and I'd hate to see it die in a franchise that I've come to love for it's story telling.
I can't even...
You know, I'll reply to this later once I've really contemplated on an answer. I gotta take all this awesome stuff in.
They really must NOT have caught the scene in the second film where she, on the fly, concluded that the team could escape both the collapsing tower AND it's barrier wall by scaling said collapsing tower. If that scene didn't prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that she was the brains of the outfit, I don't know what the hell did.
Bound by the rules. Pffft. Yeah, that's why she ran off with the rest of the Five to face Tai Lung against Shifu's wishes in the first film. Yeah. She's totally a sterling example of "bound by the rules".
She's actually a very Anakin Skywalker type character. Headstrong, sometimes even reckless, and by far the sharpest tool in the proverbial shed.
Man. I start to wonder if it's REALLY Dreamworks employees that are working on this show.
Lol, I'm really laying it on here aren't I?
When I saw it, "Oh HELL no."
They basicly ruined it >:U
Still, I can also see how people were disappointed because Penguins of Madagascar was WAY better. But, this isn't all that bad either, I think.
Also, it's not uncommon for teenagers to get a crush on older people. Tigress and Shifu weren't technically related, so her getting a crush on him is actually believable enough.
I think that Tigress wanting to be Dragon Warrior could be either of the ways, honestly, but it's not like a third-party is making this show remember. It IS DreamWorks. So technically, this would be the canon reason...