DVD Review: ‘Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness’ Won’t Annoy Parents

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CHICAGO – That headline may seem like ridiculously faint praise. As a parent of two boys who love TV, trust me when I tell you that it’s not. There is some incredibly smart TV aimed at kids — “Adventure Time,” “Phineas & Ferb” — but a lot of it fails to pass the test that you won’t want to jump out a window when your rugrat wants to watch it on repeat. “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomess,” not unlike another DreamWorks movie-turned-show in “The Penguins of Madagascar,” isn’t as ambitious or clever as the best children’s TV but it’s also far from the bottom of the barrel. It’s reasonably entertaining and if your kid liked “Kung Fu Panda” or “Kung Fu Panda 2,” this first DVD release of the show will more than satisfy.

HollywoodChicago.com DVD rating: 3.0/5.0
Rating: 3.0/5.0

Why not a complete season set? Why not special features? This feels like a placeholder release, a sampler set designed to spur interest in the original broadcasts, which just started their third season on Nickelodeon. It’s common for kid’s shows for studios to put together a few episodes, keep costs low, and just get kids talking about the show that’s coming back for a new season. So parents and kids get seven episodes with modest SD transfers. They look fine, not great and not awful. Kids won’t notice much of a difference. And you won’t care when they play them over and over and over…

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness -- Good Cro, Bad Croc was released on DVD on June 18, 2013
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness — Good Cro, Bad Croc was released on DVD on June 18, 2013
Photo credit: Fox

Brace yourself for awesome action and legendary laughs in this fun-filled animated TV series based on the Academy Award-Nominated hit movie Kung Fu Panda! As the chosen Dragon Warrior and sworn protector of the Valley of Peace, Po the panda is highly skilled, ever vigilant and hungry for justice…and dumplings. Together with the Furious Five-Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper-Po must fend off fierce villains, including an evil version of himself (courtesy of the Mystical Mirror of Yin and Yang) and the toothy Croc Bandits!

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“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness — Good Croc, Bad Croc” was released by Fox on June 18, 2013.

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