From the look of Amazon’s first trailer for Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, bear-ly anything’s been sacrificed in DreamWorks’ effort to shrink the hugely successful movie franchise down for its first foray into the bingeable world of streaming TV.
Master Po (voiced by Mick Wingert) has to get serious about reaching the next generation of panda warriors, reluctantly assuming the sensei's role when Jindiao, an old evil, inhabits the body of a vulture to harness the power of the ancient Four Constellations — Blue Dragon, Black Tortoise, White Tiger, and Red Phoenix.
As you can see from the clip, Paws of Destiny finds Po and his panda pupils in a familiar spot: barely succeeding, at every turn, in getting out of their own way first and foremost.
The new series was developed for Amazon Video in the wake of the franchise’s only other run on the small screen — the award-winning King Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, which originally aired from 2011 through 2014 on Nickelodeon. Paws of Destiny lands at Amazon as part of DreamWorks’ larger deal to develop multiple franchises for the Prime Video service, including its new series based on The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Amazon’s take on the franchise finds Po — already a household name among Panda fans as the bear to care about in three feature films, three animated shorts, and the Nickelodeon series — taking up the master’s mantle. Po must whip a quartet of cubby newcomers into shape, after they accidentally absorb the power of the Four Constellations in a chance cave encounter right underneath Panda Village.
Executive-produced by Emmy Award winners Mitch Watson and Elliott Owen, along with Lane Lueras (The Adventures of Puss in Boots), Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny premieres on Amazon Prime Nov. 16.