Nick Brings Kung Fu Panda to TV

Nickelodeon announced Thursday that it has ordered 26 episodes of a new CG animated movie based on the DreamWorks Animation feature film Kung Fu Panda.

The deal is the second to bring characters from DreamWorks’ popular feature films to the channel, following the debut in March of The Penguins of Madagascar.

Kung Fu Panda: The Series will continue the adventures of Po, his mentor Shifu and the Furious Five as they protect the Valley of Peace. The new series will be produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, with Cheryl Holiday serving as executive producer. It is scheduled to debut in 2010.

Kung Fu Panda is DreamWorks Animation’s top grossing feature film to date, having taken in more than $630 million in worldwide box office. The film was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar and a Golden Globe. It also dominated the Annie Awards.

‘We are thrilled to extend our ongoing collaboration with Nickelodeon, whose creative expertise in producing hit TV series is second to none,’ said Ann Daly, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. ‘The characters and worlds we originally created for Kung Fu Panda are particularly well-suited to be further developed and explored in new and exciting ways.’

A sequel film is planned for 2011.