Kung Fu Panda is one of the best animated franchises in recent years. Since the first movie released in 2008, audiences of all ages and backgrounds resonated with the wholesome and heartfelt ensemble of talking animals. Po’s hero arc throughout every Kung Fu Panda movie establishes a triumphant story of an unlikely hero and tells the lesson that anyone can be anything they want to be as long as they set their mind to it. Especially in the movie that kicked off Po’s story, it is evident that everyone’s favorite giant panda/kung fu master is here to stay.
After the first Kung Fu Panda movie was a success, follow-up sequels and TV show spinoffs were smart and easy decisions for DreamWorks. In fact, Kung Fu Panda was followed by two sequels, multiple TV shows and specials, and even shorts. Notably, a new show, Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight, will air its first episode in July, as outlined by The AV Club. So, if you find yourself in the mood to hang out with Po and his friends from him, and you have no idea where to start in this franchise, we have you covered. Here is our ranking of every movie and TV show in the Kung Fu Panda universe.
eleven Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight
the Kung Fu Panda franchise has been around for a while, and with our constantly growing love for the beloved characters comes the also very constant growth of the Kung Fu Panda cinematic universe. Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight is an animated series coming to Netflix that is marking the return of Jack Black as the voice of Po. If you want to get back with the awesomeness of this incredibly entertaining franchise, stay tuned for this new series coming in July 2022.
10 Panda Paws
Now, Disney and Pixar are not the only ones who know a thing or two about creating some nice animated short films. Panda Paws came out in 2016 and is a short film that takes place before the events of Kung Fu Panda 3. This animated short follows Mei Mei and Bao as they go head-to-head in the Spring Festival. If you are in the mood for some quick and incredibly adorable entertainment, this is it.
Shorts are almost a staple in the animated film world. In 2015, DreamWorks released Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll, an animated short film series. This short follows the origins of the Furious Five as well as Po’s passion for martial arts and kung fu. The short is currently available on Netflix if you are interested in taking a look.
8 Kung Fu Panda: Holiday
What is a successful animated franchise without a good old holiday special? When we think of Kung Fu Panda, the idea of getting into the holiday spirit is not something that really comes up. However, in 2010, Kung Fu Panda: Holiday did just that as it follows the annual Winter Feast at the Jade Palace. However, although Po is expected to fulfill his duties as the renowned Dragon Warrior, he just wants to spend the holidays with his father. This great holiday special is definitely one to check out.
7 Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny is a series that released its first episode in 2018. The show follows four young pandas as they try to navigate their newfound abilities. Fittingly, they end up under Po’s guidance as they learn about kung fu. Unfortunately, although the show is well received overall, it only ran for one season and had a total of 26 episodes. If you are at all interested in checking this one out, it is available now on Amazon Prime.
6 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters
The 2001 short Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters is pretty much a little history lesson on the Kung Fu Masters that our main cast of Po and The Furious Five look up to. This short is not completely centered around Po or the Furious Five, but still manages to stay relevant to the franchise as a whole.
5 Kung Fu Panda 3
The third installation of the Kung Fu Panda Movies came out in 2016. It shows Po in a refreshing new light, making him the mentor and trainer of a bunch of young and eager pandas looking forward to becoming fighters themselves. Kung Fu Panda 3 You also introduce a new warrior and antagonist, Kai. This family-friendly movie is definitely a great entry into this franchise.
4 Kung Fu Panda 2
After the success of the first Kung Fu Panda movie, it was obvious that DreamWorks knew exactly what they were doing, releasing a sequel simply titled Kung Fu Panda 2. In this movie, our Dragon Warrior, Po, and the rest of the Furious Five face off against a new enemy. Shen, a terrifying peacock, is out to destroy Kung Fu and our protagonists cannot let it happen. This charming sequel was first released in 2011 and is available to stream on Netflix.
3 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
Kung Fu Panda and all its awesomeness is tied up in this incredibly entertaining TV series. Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness continues the story of Po, Master Shifu, Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane, and Viper. Po, now a permanent resident at the Jade Palace, has fully stepped into his role as the Dragon Warrior, complete with every up and down that may come with the responsibility of owning the title. If you want to check out the three seasons of the popular show, episodes are available on Amazon Prime and Paramount+.
two Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (2008)
Teacher Po is one of our favorites! In the 2008 animated short film Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five, Master Shifu wants Po to teach kung fu to some young students. These students happen to be an adorable bunch of bunnies. Po details the history of The Furious Five to his students from him and is the cutest addition to the Kung Fu Panda franchise.
1 Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Kung Fu Panda is an instant classic in the animated movie world. Could it be the absolute magic that is Jack Black? Maybe. The hilarious ensemble of characters that are both equally strong as they are heartwarming? Maybe. Whatever it may be, the first Kung Fu Panda movie is perfect for the entire family. The 2008 animated film follows Po, the underdog that has been chosen as the next Dragon Warrior. Po is forced to undergo an adventure of self-discovery as he tries to prove himself worthy of the title bestowed upon him. Time for you to get on board with Kung Fu Panda if you haven’t already!