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Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny is an animated web series produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and distributed by Amazon Prime Video. It follows the adventures of four panda children who gain magical chi powers and receive special kung fu training from Po.

The show's first season released on November 16, 2018.[4] The second part of the season released on July 5, 2019.[3]

Plot

Synopses

Season 1 Part 1:

Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny follows the adventures of four energetic panda kids: Nu Hai, Bao, Jing, and Fan Tong. When the friends stumble upon a mystical cave beneath Panda Village, they have no idea they're about to absorb the chi, or energy, of ancient kung fu warriors known as the Four Constellations. Now it's up to them to save the world from an evil force — but first, Master Po must teach them how to use their newfound powers.

Based on traditional Chinese astronomy, the Four Constellations — Blue Dragon, Black Tortoise, White Tiger and Red Phoenix — are said to have been the first warriors to achieve total mastery of chi. A few millennia ago, the masters used their powers to defeat their corrupt teacher, Jindiao. Worried their good chi couldn't exist without a powerful dark chi to balance it out, the masters then sealed themselves into an underground temple to keep the world safe. Little did they know that Jindiao lives, albeit in the new body of a vulture. If Jindiao can absorb the Four Constellations’ chi and restore himself to his true form, the world will be in grave danger.[4]

Season 1 Part 2:

Now famously known as the Four Constellations the panda kids are summoned by the Emperor to the Forbidden City, making Po fear the kids might not need his teachings anymore. But when friends turn to foes, all our heroes will need to draw from their Chi and all their Kung Fu knowledge to defeat evil in an explosive and epic battle.[3]

Episodes

Main article: Category:Paws of Destiny episodes
Season Episodes Original U.S. release
1 26 November 16, 2018 (part 1)
July 5, 2019 (part 2)

Season 1 (2018–2019)

Paws of Destiny Season 1 episodes
No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Enter the Dragon Master" Lane Lueras Elliott Owen Nov. 16, 2018
2 "Blue Dragon Plays with Fire" Lane Lueras Elliott Owen Nov. 16, 2018
3 "Blade of the Red Phoenix" Johnny Castuciano Elliott Owen Nov. 16, 2018
4 "The Intruder Flies a Crooked Path" James Wootton Michael Ryan Nov. 16, 2018
5 "A Fistful of Herbs" Lane Lueras Benjamin Lapides Nov. 16, 2018
6 "Poison in the Pit of Plum" Johnny Castuciano Johanna Stein Nov. 16, 2018
7 "Big Trouble in Panda Village" James Wootton Elliott Owen Nov. 16, 2018
8 "Secrets Lost to Shadow" Mike Mullen Mitch Watson Nov. 16, 2018
9 "Out of the Cave and Onto Thin Ice" Lane Lueras, Rhianna Williams Benjamin Lapides Nov. 16, 2018
10 "Return of the Four Constellations" Lane Lueras, James Wootton Nicole Belisle Nov. 16, 2018
11 "Unholy Dragon Returns to the Mountains" Mike Mullen Johanna Stein Nov. 16, 2018
12 "Sacrifice at the Edge of Time" Rhianna Williams Mitch Watson Nov. 16, 2018
13 "End of the Dragon Master" James Wootton Elliott Owen Nov. 16, 2018
14 "Journey to the East" Mike Mullen Benjamin Lapides July 5, 2019
15 "Curse of the Monkey King" Rhianna Williams Johanna Stein July 5, 2019
16 "A Game of Fists" Lane Lueras Lindsay Kerns July 5, 2019
17 "The Beast of the Wasteland" Mike Mullen Nicole Belisle July 5, 2019
18 "Danger in the Forbidden City" Rhianna Williams Mitch Watson July 5, 2019
19 "The Battle(s) of Gongmen Bay" Lane Lueras Elliott Owen July 5, 2019
20 "Gongmen City Hustle" Mike Mullen Benjamin Lapides July 5, 2019
21 "Night of the White Bone Demon" Rhianna Williams Johanna Stein July 5, 2019
22 "Rise of the Empress" Tom Galvin Lindsay Kerns July 5, 2019
23 "Bridge Over Troubled Lava" Mike Mullen Nicole Belisle July 5, 2019
24 "House of Flying Pandas" Rhianna Williams Bethany Armstrong Johnson July 5, 2019
25 "Coronation of the Iron Goddess" Tom Galvin Mitch Watson July 5, 2019
26 "The Invincible Armour" Mike Mullen Elliott Owen July 5, 2019

Voice cast

Production

Development for the series started in September 2015, and then production officially began in February 2017. During the fifteen months of development, executive producer Elliott Owen commented that they "spent a lot of time figuring out how to make it look as good as possible." The goal was to have the series be as close to its film counterparts while keeping within a TV budget and a limited time frame. With this in mind, the team used various animation tools and techniques that would allow high-quality rendering with their limits on budget and time. Such tools include Maya, V-Ray, Mari, Nuke, and Houdini, with some custom DreamWorks tools such as Shot-Light Tool, FX Scene Builder, Character and Prop Auto-Rigger, and Cache Tool.

Likewise to animating, the show producers also wanted the story and scenes to match the quality of the franchise's feature films. Executive producer and showrunner Mitch Watson says that "it boils down to how good we all wanted it to look—because we weren't going to settle for anything that looked like it was less than the feature." He also mentions that during the development process, each portion of the show would get multiple passes after it was out of script and storyboards. He and his co-executive producers "gave each other the option that we would cut out anything that we didn't like ... And then we'd rewrite and re-board it. ... We didn't want to settle."[5]

Marketing

The series was first discussed in November 2017 by producer Mitch Watson while guest-starring on entertainment podcast The Nightfly with Dave Juskow. When asked about new shows, Watson mentioned "a new version of Kung Fu Panda," one that is "more like the films" and "serialized," also noting that it will be releasing on Amazon. He also indirectly revealed Po's voice being done by Mick Wingert.[6]

On April 12, 2018, the series was officially announced for Amazon's upcoming programming for 2018, revealing its title, plot synopsis, and planned release period.[2][7] On May 23, 2018, it was announced that Leo Birenberg is composing the score for the series.[1]

On October 1, 2018, the series' first trailer was released, which featured its characters and a brief plot overview.[4] On November 9, 2018, the first clip was uploaded to DreamWorks' YouTube channel, featuring the show's protagonists fighting against one of the show's antagonists. Four days later, on November 13, People released another clip featuring Mei Mei alongside their exclusive interview with the character's voice actress for the show, Chrissy Metz.[8] Then on November 15, three more clips were released: one featuring the show's panda kid stars fighting against a demon, one displaying the show's main antagonist,[9] and one with the show's protagonists opening the Wellspring.[10]

Release

The show's first season was released on Amazon Prime Video on November 16, 2018[4] and was made available in over 200 territories worldwide.[7] The second part of the season released on July 5, 2019.[3] The first half of season 2 is yet to be announced by Amazon.

Reception

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Trivia

  • This series marks the first time a DreamWorks Animation original series will be available to Amazon Prime Video customers worldwide. It will also be the second series in DreamWorks' series history to be released on Amazon (rather than Netflix), coming after The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.[2][7]
  • Lane Lueras, one of the producers of the series, has also served as director of some episodes in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.
  • Dried salty plums are seen several times throughout the show. They are a delicacy in China and go by the name "huamei" (traditional Chinese: 話梅?; simplified Chinese: 话梅; pinyin: huàméi). It's known for having a strong and distinctive flavor, thereby leading to most saying it is an acquired taste. The show writers bought several bags of these plums to try, and most of them remained in the writers' room, unopened.[11]

Gallery

Promos

Stills

Concept art

Trailers

Clips

Behind the scenes

Quotes

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See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Film Music Reporter - "Leo Birenberg to Score DreamWorks Animation's 'Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny'". Published & retrieved May 23, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Deadline - "New ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Series From DreamWorks Animation TV Headed To Amazon" by Erik Pedersen. Published & retrieved April 12, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Collider - "Exclusive: 'Kung Fu Panda' Season 2 Trailer Reveals All New Adventures for Po & Pals" by Dave Trumbore. Published & retrieved June 18, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Collider - "Exclusive First Trailer for 'Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny' Shows Off the Amazon Series" by Dave Trumbore. Published & retrieved October 1, 2018.
  5. Idelson, Karen (December 2018). "Po Bounces Back". Animation Magazine, p. 30–31. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  6. Revealed by show producer Mitch Watson on The Nightfly with Dave Juskow - "Live from Los Angeles with Mitch Watson" (@1:19:42 in the audio clip). Recorded & published on November 6, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Collider - "DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ Trailer Reveals the Amazon Kids Series" by Dave Trumbore. Published & retrieved April 12, 2018.
  8. People.com - "Chrissy Metz Opens Up About Landing Her 'Bucket List' Role in Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny" by Karen Mizoguchi. Published November 13, 2018. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  9. Comicbook - "Exclusive: Meet the Foe of 'Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny'" by Jenna Anderson. Published & retrieved November 15, 2018.
  10. Romper - "Master Po Faces A New Challenge On 'Kung Fu Panda: Paws Of Destiny' — EXCLUSIVE" by Megan Walsh. Published & retrieved November 15, 2018.
  11. IMDb-favicon Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny - Enter the Dragon Master - Trivia at the Internet Movie Database

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