Fox Home Entertainment recently released the second collection of cartoons from DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda. A selection of seven episodes from the first two series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness – The Scorpion Sting features dragon warrior Po and the Furious Five in more high-kicking adventures.
Chubby panda Po may not be the kung fu warrior most expect, but he never fails to give his enemies a run for their money when he flies into action. The Furious Five—Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper—join Po to fight some new villains, including Scorpion, in the first episode on the disc, “Scorpion’s Sting.” Scorpion returns in “Love Stings” and throws Po for a loop when he discovers she is his father’s new girlfriend. Has the super criminal really reformed? Another force to be reckoned with is Po’s mentor Shifu’s old enemy Owl, in “Owl Be Back.” But neither of these villains gives Po and his friends as hard a time as a pair of enchanted… shoes (“Kung Shoes”).
The computer animation may not be as sharp as in the Kung Fu Panda films, but it looks quite good on a large-scale, high-definition television screen, with a widescreen format of 1.78:1. The colors are bright and the the sound quality is great, both dialogue and music. The television series follows the film’s look in mixing the usual computer animation 3D rendering with occasional, more stylized 2D scenes. Audio, as well as SDH subtitles, are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French and Spanish (both in Dolby Digital 2.0).
The seven episodes on the DVD have a running time of 154 minutes and include:
“Owl Be Back”
“Monkey in the Middle”
“Crane on a Wire”
Extras on the disc include “The World of DreamWorks Animation,” which are music videos and promos for available DVDs and Blu-rays. Young viewers can play a jukebox of songs from some of their favorite animated movies, including: Shrek – “I’m A Believer,” Madagascar – “I Like to Move It,” Kung Fu Panda – “Kung Fu Fighting,” and How to Train Your Dragon -“Fly High” There’s also a code included in the disc package to unlock a game app, “Scorpion Maze” (available for download on iOS and Android).
Voice actor Mick Wingert does an uncanny job as Po. He almost sounds more like Jack Black than Black does. Lucy Liu and James Hong reprise their roles as Viper and Mr. Ping (Po’s dad) from the Kung Fu Panda films. The rest of the main voice cast is rounded out by Fred Tatasciore (Shifu), Kari Wahlgren (Tigress), James Sie (Monkey), Amir Talai (a very funny Crane, especially in “Crane on a Wire”), and Max Koch (Mantis). Fans of the films (young and old) should have a great time watching Po and company “Skadoosh!” their way through these humorous and visually compelling episodes.