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Kung Fu Panda comes to TV

Kung Fu Panda

Story by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CABLE network Nickelodeon has announced that the DreamWorks’ animated feature film Kung Fu Panda is being turned into a cartoon series for television.

The series 26 episodes, scheduled to air in 2010, will use the same computer-generated process as the film and will feature Po the Panda, a lowly noodle restaurant waiter and kung fu fanatic whose shape doesn’t exactly lend itself to kung fu fighting.

Speaking about the new venture, Ann Daly of DreamWorks Animation, said: “The characters we created for Kung Fu Panda are well suited to be further developed in new and exciting ways.”

And in a statement, she said: “We are thrilled to extend our ongoing collaboration with Nickelodeon, whose creative expertise in producing hit TV series is second to none.”

Although Jack Black provided Po’s voice in the film, it’s not known whether he will reprise the role for television. Other contributors were Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie.

Kung Fu Panda received its world premiere at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, when Black famously disclosed that Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt were expecting twins.

The series, the second co-production between Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation, follows the recently launched The Penguins of Madagascar, which is based on characters from Madagascar.