After looking through the third art book, it makes one one wish mei mei could be discovered more as a character. She could've have been quite a dimensional character in the third movie. Of course they really wanted all spotlight to be on Po and his father, so they kinda ditched a lot of possibilities.
I feel like PoD displays her in disrespectful way, in comparison to the third movie and Panda Paws. You could tell in the third movie she wasn't necessarily fully confident. It always made her more interesting to know she wasn't a one-faced character. In PoD I feel that the writers have undermined mei mei's personality, as they have exaggerated her pushy nature.
This show has done wrong to many of the characters from the movies. And for what? A bunch of characters we probably won't see again after the series is done anyways. Very frustrating.
^ Yeah no kidding! Not to mention the cricket and maggot soup thing in the first part of the series. Wonder how Mantis would feel...
^ Quite a theory you got! I am still on the side that disagrees with the show's canonicity. But from a perspective that sees the show as it's own universe, that doesn't seem too far from what could seem possible. The show itself, mentions a load of modern day references. Like when Po used an abbreviation for Jesus. A historical figure known within a time period of 2000 years ago to modern day.
It does seem like PoD crosses many lines. Lines that the movies/ shorts wouldn't have passed. It seems the characters within PoD know too much for the time given. Your theory fits pretty well!
On a side note, I noticed that some things in PoD also contradict LoA lore. What a strange show we're dealing with.
^ I would certainly! I love conspiracies.
It's hard to believe I am saying this, but I hate this half of the season, even more than I hate LoA. Gosh, I swear. the people who made this show barely respect the lore of the movies. The execution of the plot was poor, in my opinion, compared to the story arc with Jindao.
Also, why are there repeated references to same-gender couple relationships? For pete sake, this is ancient China! This was likely a very rare occurrence in ancient China. It seemed like they had a checklist of things that had to be put in, no matter how irrelevant they were to the time period or plot. I understand they were trying to make a statement. But seriously? Kung FU Panda of all things? It really doesn't fit.
^You're right, it wasn't stated, but implied that it was his experience within the panda village that brought him to create Kung Fu. Like When he told Po that he saw the Future of Kung FU and the past through him, and he specifically referenced the time period where he met the pandas. This suggests that it was the teachings from the pandas that influenced him to create Kung Fu. But as you said, this isn't bluntly stated so it still remains debatable.
^ That is pretty darn adorable
I totally agree with you Firecat. I greatly enjoyed the animation of TPoD, but the inconsistencies within the show were, and still are very frustrating to me. It bugged the heck outta me when they continued to imply that Kung Fu was created 1000 years ago in contrast to the third movie, which implied that oogway had created Kung Fu after he discovered chi 500 years ago from the present of the KFP universe. Like seriously, they stated it multiple times that Kai and Oogway had fought around "500 years ago". Considering Oogway is confirmed to be around a 1000 years old, wouldn't that mean that he was not even alive yet or at least very young.
So going by the lore of TPoD, wouldn't that make Po like 500 years old himself...
I was a tad disappointed las season, and to be fair this one doesn't look any more pleasing. And so far no signs of our beloved characters.
I love Shifu and the five so much! I just can't understand why we can't have them. I know it could be a hassle to add them, considering how complex the characters' models might be.
But heck these characters are important! Shifu by himself is every bit as significant as Mr. Ping. Gosh, the guy taught Po Kung Fu.
On another note, I thought this was in alignment with LOA. If so, the emperor of China was shown to be a completely different dude. Sure, there could be division within china, producing two different emperors all together. But that seems a little unlikely. Also it seems that the emperor is female. There is certainly nothing wrong with it, but it is beyond rare within ancient china history. Of course this is Kung Fu Panda, so there aren't any rules for this type of thing.
Moving away from my criticisms, I noticed the tiger-ish character. It's been quite some time since we've seen another feline enter the scene. This is gonna be interesting!
(Edit) So actually, when watching the trailer again I realized that it could be a Eurasian lynx instead. I mean, It makes a lot more sense to me considering it's body structure.
It's insane and it's awesome to think that the first movie came
out 11 years ago! Happy anniversary Kung fu panda, and cheers to more years to come!
"It took me five-hundred years to take Oogway's chi, I will have yours if it takes me five-hundred more!"
"Oh I'm so glad you feel that way! Otherwise I'd have dragged that all the way here for nothing."
"I fought by his side. I loved him like a brother and he betrayed me. Now I will destroy everything he has created!"
"But sir, we'll kill our own!"
"Remember, Dragon Warrior: Anything is possible when you have inner peace."
"Look at you pathetic fools, groveling at the feet of Oogway the magnificent."
TheGuardianOfTheYinAndYang said: Could it be any creature or just animals?
Ok just wanted to know I guess :D I'd probably be a Snow Leopard