I loved Kung Fu Panda, and it's sequel, and when I heard there was a TV Series coming out on Nickelodeon, I was overjoyed! Now, I'm disappointed. I watched most of the first season, and it failed to impress me. Now I can't stand watching it, due to the fact that it lacks basic Kung-Fu Panda-ness. I know TV shows never really live up to the expectations of the movie, but this goes lower than any other I've seen so far. First of all, the animation is awful. In the original films, it was excellent, and made clear that the characters were meant to be animated that way. I can deal with the Penguins of Madagascar, because they're penguins, and there's not much texture on the penguins. Also, I'd like to note that Cartoon Network is doing a better job animating Dragons: Riders of Berk, despite the obvious budget changes from a movie to a TV show. Secondly, the voice actors. This isn't a complete failure, because I know it would be hard and expensive to get the original voice actors to work on the show, but Po's voice doesn't sound like it did in the movies. Or at least, that's what I think. There is an upside, though. The amount of kung-fu fighting in both movies can be found here. In every episode I saw, there was some sort of fight. However, due to the low quality of the animation, it doesn't dazzle as much as it used to. The episodes introduce new characters that I don't like, and they get heavily flanderized just over the course of the first season. The writing's pretty clear. There's gonna be a problem. Po messes something up. There's a fight. There's a lesson. It's over. I'm not saying the plots of the movies were amazingly original, but the show could've done a lot better with this. In conclusion, I don't really find any interest in this show. Sure, there's some humor somewhere in there, but other than that, there's really nothing. It's a pretty hollow TV Show, in my opinion. There's nothing wrong if you like it, and it's nice to see more Kung Fu Panda out there. But I just think it could use a little more effort, because it certainly had potential.
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