In 2008 DreamWorks released what, in my opinion, is one of their best full length animated features to date with Kung Fu Panda. Despite other DreamWorks Properties like Madagascar and Ice Age racking up the sequels, KFP has only had one theatrical sequel to date. While part 3 is not slated for a few more years, fans do have the holiday specials as well as the Nickelodeon animated series to tide them over. Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness: Good Croc, Bad Croc collects several of these episodes onto DVD, which will free up some much needed room on the DVR. Good Croc, Bad Croc is a collection of 7 episodes from the television series. The episodes are well written and feature Po and often the Furious Five saving the day. Usually Po learns a life lesson along the way. Highlights include the title episode, Good Crock Bad Crock, in which a gullible Po (Mick Wingert) believes a crocodile thief’s sad story. All of the stories are different enough so that they don’t meld together due to repetition. The moral lessons are light and affirming.
The animation for Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness is good, despite not measuring up to the big budget computer animation in Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2. The artwork is solid and the movements are fluid, with characters remaining faithful in appearance to the movies. The DVD comes with English, French and Spanish Audio tracks, as well as English, Spanish and French Subtitles.
While the only recognizable voice talent from the original Kung Fu Panda is Lucy Liu, who plays furious five member Viper, the show does have a lot of bigger voice actors in the industry including John DiMaggio of Bender and Adventure Time fame as well as Mick Wingert, who I honestly thought was Jack Black until I checked out the credits. Kudos also go to Max Koch who makes an excellent Mantis. In a no brainer, James Sie, who voices Jackie Chan for Jackie Chan Adventures to step in as Monkey. It is a solid cast from top to bottom and DreamWorks does an excellent job at filling the star roles with suitable replacements.
My kids love this DVD, which is something I seldom say about animated releases. Now, it’s not the best around bedtime because they all end up practicing martial arts on each other and any nearby piece of furniture, but it is a good rainy afternoon DVD to pop in. Parents don’t need to hit play and retreat to another room to escape the unwatchable cartoons with this title. The humor is actually funny and the stories are not watered down to unwatchable. Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness is a good family night DVD and has plenty of rewatchability.
- Good Croc, Bad Croc
- The Princess and the Po
- Chain Reaction
- Bad Po
- Jailhouse Panda
- Father Crime
- Po Fans Out
Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness: Good Croc, Bad Croc is available on DVD as of June 18th, courtesy of Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Home Entertainment.