Not that the show is terrible, but it seems like a little bit of a let down in terms of the story and characters. I have never read anything about it being canon, not do any of the movies/official shorts/any other KFP medium consider it canon. What are your thoughts and opinions. Do you like the show (if so what abut the show do you like)? Do you think it's canon?
Well there's Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge stories.
Valid point. But that's Disney, they general do a good job with anything they do. Nothing wrong with Nickelodeon though, they just have room for improvement of late that's all. :)
I think a lot of you guys have a good point and to tell the truth, the way the show does things, kinda makes the show independent from the movie. Technically it disconnected itself from the movie, if anything. Reasons for not being cannon:
Character personality changes, parts that conflict with the KFP movies and other flaws.
But for a separate show its ok.
One year later... I am afraid it can't be primary canon, but it may be able to be secondary cannon. That is, anywhere it doesn't conflict with the movies you could consider that as part of the universe proper. It's not like it was made by a different studio, but it is as if none of the people who worked on the films worked on it. Like someone gave them the summary and explained the kinds of characters they were without all the history of what actually happened in the movie. Which is all really a shame because there's some good stuff there. The series wants to be like an expanded version of the movie in that it's more interested in a training of Po situation then a Po has become the dragon warrior situation.
A friend of mine told me that DreamWorks said during an interview that the show isn't canon. I don't know this since I didn't see that interview in first person, but that is enough for me to believe so.
LOA for me is like....a bunch of very bad written fanfictions.
Some new characters are ok. I liked them. Fung, Gahri, Song. Those were really good.
But...omg the main cast was completely out of character. I hope DreamWorks one day will pick up the KFP franchise again and decide to "maybe we should do a brand new tv series of this franchise."
HTTYD is an amazing show. You know why? Because Nickledeon didn't touch it XD
Yes, this show is canon. I have mixed thoughts on the show though. Kung Fu Panda is my favourite Dreamworks franchise (Sorry Shrek, you come second) and I love the idea of expanding the Pandaverse more but the show feels a little bit too childish for me. Honestly, the only episode that I actually found worth it to be canon was where po had to fight that actual Dragon master. Forgot the episode but it was good.
Apparently Shen's defeat is mentioned in one of the episodes (I haven't actually seen this myself). If the show isn't related to the films, why has this been mentioned?
I would say Yes it is canon to a certain extent. Unless it contradicts the movies it could be. We have to keep in mind that the director for the kung fu panda 4 might not watch the series, so he could accidentally rewrite pre-established backstories.
As long as it makes sense it is canon.
Well, I like to consider LOA canon. For it's place, well, I like to imagine that they're events that take place inbetween the movies and that they offer more lore then what the shorts could barely deliver.
Now, are there contridictions? Can't deny it. But I am someone that knows how to make it work.
For exsample, for the Furious Five's origins, the ones we see in the movies could simply be a new generation in a long time as last-gen Furious five with Shifu in it just disbanned for years.
In a way, LOA is canon if you can figure out it's place in the francise puzzle. Now, granted, things like Oogway having been able to appear as a spirit in LOA yet in the 3rd film he said he never tried it once, are tough work arounds, but I would like to justify that as Oogway desiding to be cryptic and kinda fibbed about that to avoid giving Po an anti-climatic answer.
@Superwritermaniac I pretty much agree with everything you said. :D
What do you think?