After producing hit children shows such as Super Inggo and Kokey, ABS-CBN gives another TV show that will capture not only the young but also adults who are kids at heart, the Kung Fu Kids, in Primetime Bida starting January 28.
The action-comedy superserye is topbilled by "Pambansang Bestfriend" Jairus Aquino, who became famous as Pareng Jomar in Super Inggo series. Other children who comprise the Kung Fu Kids are Paul Salas, Eliza Pineda, Jane Oneiza, Kristopher Dangculos, Joshua Dionisio, and Andre Garcia.
The story is about the exciting adventures of Lembot, a sickyly nine-year-old boy who wants to learn Kung Fu to defend his younger sister and himself from the bullies. While learning martial arts, Lembot inadvertently becomes involved in an ancient battle and soon his family and friends are in danger. Lembot teams up with his friends and under the guidance of a Kung Fu master, disguised as a strange beggar, each will develop their own special skills.
Although seven kids share the spotlight, Director Malou Sevilla assured that each will all have his or her own moment during the 17-week showing. She explained, "Naka-built in po 'yan sa istorya, sa ganda ng script ni Wally Ching at ng team niya. So lahat 'yan may kanya-kanyang highlights at saka depende po sa individual skills. Magagaling yung mga bata, kahit na bago, e."
WORTH THE WAIT. People have been hearing about Kung Fu Kids since last year but it is only now that the series will be seen on TV. Why did it take so long to finish the project? Raymund Dizon, production manager of Kung Fu Kids, explained that they spent time polishing the script and completing the cast.
"Yes, it's been more than a year that we've developed Kung Fu Kids from concept to story to taping. Inano po kasi namin...We're trying to incorporate a lot of new things for Kung Fu Kids, for this teleserye. Kasi when we did Super Inggo, inisip namin what else can we do for Kung Fu Kids?
"So what we did, first of all, we gathered all these beautiful cast. 'Tapos, after that, yung script, inano po naming talaga, binusisi po talaga ni Mr. Wally Ching and the rest of the creative team of Kung Fu Kids."
Aside from completing the cast and the script, staff of Kung Fu Kids also needed more time in fusing the motion-capture technology with the live-action sequences.
Raymund narrated, "Ang pinaka-naghirap talaga kami dito is to incorporate the technology to Kung Fu Kids. Yung [pinakamahirap] dito is the motion-capture na technology. ABS-CBN purchased equipment worth P15 million for this.
"So kung nakita niyo yung animation namin kanina [shown earlier to the media] may out-of-motion capture. Meron din kaming 2-D, 3-D flash animation, all kinds of animation, which will be shown here also for Kung Fu Kids."
ALL FOR THE FAMILY. Out of curiosity, some reporters asked, "Wouldn't it be too long for Kung Fu Kids to run for 17 weeks?" They argued that the viewers might get tired of it unlike Super Inggo, which was shown only on Saturdays.
Raymund replied, "Yung Kung Fu Kids kasi is a story about seven kids with family, siyempre may pamilya po sila and kada isa may longing po sila to be loved more by their parents. Susundan natin ang istorya ng bawat isa na 'to. So it's not just action, it's not just ano, parang kumpleto po siya, e, so hindi po kayo magsasawa."
He added, "I don't think po na magsasawa ang mga tao. Actually, I think, that was also the problem originally with Super Inggo, ‘Hindi ba magsasawa ang mga tao na daily tayong lumalabas.' Pero hindi naman. Actually, people wanted more. Hindi pa namin ginagawa yung book two, we decided to do an interim show noong Christmas, that was Super Inggo 1.5.
"So feeling ko there's really [an audience for it] especially the kids, the family kasi get together, e. parang natapos na yung Super Inggo, sinasabi nila, ‘Sayang tapos na yung Super Inggo. Wala nang time [for the parents] to sit in and watch the show. So ABS-CBN decided to come up with a show for the whole family."
To complete the cast of Kung Fu Kids, Sid Lucero, Allen Dizon, Matteo Guidicelli, Erich Gonzales, Kian Kazemi, Asia Agcaoili will join the kids. Other stars also makes a comeback through this show like Arlene Muhlach, Gerard Pizarras, and Wowie de Guzman. Also, Jodi Sta. Maria-Lacson and Mariel Rodriguez will make a special appearance.