Kung Fu Panda 3 won't be hitting the big screen until 2015, so to keep interest in the franchise alive, DreamWorks Animation produced a Saturday morning cartoon based on the movies. Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness follows the adventures of Po and the Warriors Five after the events of the first movie. The Scorpion Sting is a DVD collection of seven episodes, some of which introduce a new villain Scorpion to the Kung Fu Panda cast of characters.
When it comes to children's television, mediocrity is often excused or explained away because this is programming meant for kids. Children don't expect much from their television or film, so filmmakers can throw in some bright colors and characters making silly faces and call it a day. It is a poor excuse. Audiences of any age deserve good entertainment, and fortunately, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness is great entertainment. The writing stays away from fart jokes or dated pop culture and instead focuses on the relationships between Po, the Warriors Five, and Po's father Mr. Ping. One episode tackles Crane's confidence in himself as a Kung Fu master, while another episode dives into Monkey's family and his criminal brother. All the while, the show stays fun and exciting with fight choreography good enough for a summer blockbuster film.
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness sets a high standard for children's entertainment, placing it among TV shows like Sesame Street and Phineas and Ferb. The Scorpion Sting is a solid collection for current fans of the show and a good way to introduce new fans as well.
The DVD release comes with previews for other Dreamworks Animation releases including their Christmas specials.
"Kung-Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness – The Scorpion Sting" is on sale October 15, 2013 and is not rated. Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy. Directed by Mike Mullen. Written by Douglas Langdale. Starring Amir Talai, Fred Tatasciore, James Hong, James Sie, Kari Wahlgren, Lucy Liu, Max Koch, Mick Wingert.