DreamWorks TV has unveiled the first trailer for upcoming series Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, the new chapter in the hit franchise.
The upcoming CG-animated series finds Po in teacher form, tutoring four panda kids how to wield their newfound chi powers in order to save the world from an evil force. The series is set after Kung Fu Panda 3 and will be offering up fans film references as well as an array of characters both new and familiar.
The creative team includes exec producers Mitch Watson and Elliott Own, who have worked on Netflix animated Madagascar spinoff series All Hail King Julien, as well as EP Lane Lueras (The Adventures of Puss in Boots).
Jack Black doesn’t return to voice Po this time around; that role goes to Mick Wingert, who, as you can check out in the trailer below, looks to be capturing Black’s voice pretty closely. The voice cast includes Chrissy Metz (This Is Us), James Hong (Kung Fu Panda franchise), Amy Hill (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and Laya DeLeon Hayes (Doc McStuffins).
All 13 episodes of Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny will be hitting Amazon Prime Video on 16 November.
Official synopsis for Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny:
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny follows the adventures of four energetic panda kids: Nu Hai, Bao, Jing, and Fan Tong. When the friends stumble upon a mystical cave beneath Panda Village, they have no idea they’re about to absorb the chi, or energy, of ancient kung fu warriors known as the Four Constellations. Now it’s up to them to save the world from an evil force — but first, Master Po must teach them how to use their newfound powers.
Based on traditional Chinese astronomy, the Four Constellations — Blue Dragon, Black Tortoise, White Tiger and Red Phoenix — are said to have been the first warriors to achieve total mastery of chi. A few millennia ago, the masters used their powers to defeat their corrupt teacher, Jindiao. Worried their good chi couldn’t exist without a powerful dark chi to balance it out, the masters then sealed themselves into an underground temple to keep the world safe. Little did they know that Jindiao lives, albeit in the new body of a vulture. If Jindiao can absorb the Four Constellations’ chi and restore himself to his true form, the world will be in grave danger.