The school year is winding down and as we look forward to a more relaxed pace, we’re planning more family nights to wind down our days of camp and dive practice where we watch favorite movies and shows together. Fans of Kung Fu Panda will be happy to know that Po is back in Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness. Coming to DVD on June 18, 30 minute segments feature our favorite lovable kung fu skilled panda and the Furious Five (Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane, and Viper) fending off fierce villains.
The theme of the movie revolves around life lessons to provide positive messaging and reinforcement to children about topics like working together, being humble and not boasting, standing up for your friends, and the importance of listening to your elders which we can always use gentle reminders about around here.
Called Life Lessons From Po, Fox Home Entertainment has provided the following look at how each topic is addressed in the movie:
Work together— In the episode “Chain Reaction,” Po and Tigress are forced to embark on a mission together, despite Tigress being annoyed by Po. As luck would have it, they’re attacked by Croc Bandits and wind up handcuffed together. In order to stay safe and eventually escape, Po and Tigress put their differences aside and learn to work together to evade the Croc Bandits!
Be humble, not boastful— In “Po Fans Out,” Po’s ego gets the best of him and he releases a supernatural creature so that he can vanquish it and look good in front of his fan club. Unfortunately, Po’s scheme doesn’t quite go to plan. By trying to be boastful, Po puts himself and others in unneeded danger, something not even the Dragon Warrior should do!
Stand up for your friends— In the episode, “The Princess and the Po,” Po is put in charge of protecting Princess Mei Li on a journey the Qidan Clan. Despite a rough start, Po and Mei Li eventually become friends. However, when they arrive to the Qidan Clan, they learn that Mei Li is to be sacrificed. Po and the Furious Five then defend her and are ultimately victorious in saving the Princess!
Listen to your elders— In an episode fittingly titled “Bad Po,” Shifu tells Po not to touch some ancient artifacts, but Po’s curiosity gets the best of him and he gazes into the Mystical Mirror of Yin and Yang. This ends up splitting Po into “good” and “bad” versions of himself! Because Po didn’t listen to Shifu, his “bad” ego goes on a crime spree, and “good” Po has to listen to Shifu and the Furious Five to restore himself.
To determine if Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness is right for your family, take a look at the detailed review on Common Sense Media.
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