Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny is an animated television series based on the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and the second one after Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. The description is as follows:
"Set after the events of Kung Fu Panda 3, the series follows Po on a fresh adventure featuring four panda kids who happen upon a mystical cave beneath the Panda Village. The panda kids accidentally absorb the chi of ancient and powerful Kung Fu warriors known as the Four Constellations: White Tiger, Blue Dragon, Red Phoenix, and Black Tortoise. They realize they are now destined to save the world from an evil force, landing Po with his biggest challenge yet teaching this ragtag band of kids how to wield their newfound Kung Fu powers."
Mick Wingert reprises his role as Po from Legends of Awesomeness, alongside franchise regulars James Hong as Mister Ping. The rest of the cast includes Haley Tju as Nu Hai, Laya DeLeon Hayes as Jing, Gunnar Sizemore as Bao, Makana Say as Fan Tong, and Chrissy Metz as Mei Mei.
Tropes associated with the series include:
- Art Evolution: The first TV show was obviously made on a TV show budget, while the animation here is almost on par with the movies, likely because it's an Amazon show.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the first season is Jiando the first Dragon Master.
- Demoted to Extra: Shifu and the rest of the Furious Five do not appear at all in the first season.
- Magi Babble: Due to the series' emphasis on chi techniques, some of the exposition can feel like this.
- According to Po, there's hero chi, which can be earned by way of masters doing a tremendous feat; in his case, he earned his by way of dying in the Spirit Realm and coming back to life, Oogway's through the Sacred Peach Tree, and the kids obtained the Hero Chi of the Four Constellations within the cave under the village. This is entirely separate from good and evil chi.
- The Four Gods: As described in the summary they're adapted as four legendary kung fu masters.
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: The main kids consist of two girls (Nu Hai and Jing) and two boys (Bao and Fan Tong).
- Hero's Evil Predecessor: The Big Bad is the first Dragon Master.
- Purple Is the New Black: The Black Turtles chi is represented by a purple aura.
- Role Reprisal: As mentioned above, Mick Wingert reprises his role as Po from Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, alongside franchise regular James Hong as Mister Ping.
- Sequel Hook: Season one ends with a mysterious komodo dragon placing a glowing red rock into an automaton of a guardian lion and activating it.
- Super Empowering: The panda children are imbued with the chi powers of four legendary kung fu masters.
- Truer to the Text: Behind the scenes articles describe this series as having a look, spirit, and style closer to that of the movies.