Entertainment: Old vs. New: Xiaolin Chronicles
After a little more than 7 years, Xiaolin Showdown has been revived in the form of a sequel series: Xiaolin Chronicles.
After the original series ended, the four main characters, Omi, Raimundo, Clay, and Kimiko, had defeated the Heylin forces, and Raimundo had been promoted to the level of Shoku Warrior, and the leader of the Xiaolin Dragons.
Chronicles starts off shortly after the finale of Showdown, with the four monks all at the rank of Shoku Warrior, and Master Fung telling them to pick an apprentice who will become the Xiaolin Dragon of Wood.
The revival plays out very similarly to the original. Just as before, a Shen Gong Wu, a mystical weapon with a myriad of different powers, reveals itself, and the monks go to find it. In the pursuit of the Shen Gong Wu, the monks encounter various enemies, including Jack Spicer and Chase Young, and often engage in a Xiaolin Showdown with them to claim the Wu.
However, there are various changes in character designs and names in the new series due to copyright restrictions. The original series is licensed by Warner Bros. and Chronicles is produced in Canada, thus the names of all the Shen Gong Wu have been changed (ex. Monkey Staff to Monkey Spear, Orb of Tornami to Orb of Torpedo), the characters have minor outfit changes, and Dojo, the Shen Gong Wu locating dragon, has a completely different color pallete.
A major change to the show is the voice acting. Due to Canadian labor laws, only Canadian citizens can work on the show, so only Tara Strong, voice of Omi, and Jennifer Hale, voice of Katnappé, are returning. Strong will continue doing the voice of Omi, as well as a new character named Ping Pong. Hale will also reprise her role as Katnappé, as well as Kimiko. Because Strong and Hale are the only Canadians in the cast, all other characters have new voices.
The most notable change from the original format of the show is the inclusion of CGI showdowns. As soon as the Xiaolin Showdown is initiated, Dojo spirals up and covers the screen to serve as a transition into the 3D world of the showdown. Each character wears a new black bodysuit during the showdown, with stripes of color that match with their element. The CG is smooth and looks nice, adding something fresh to the show. Each competition lasts for about three minutes, after which Dojo unwinds and the show returns to the standard animation.
The show had a three episode preview on August 26th, and officially premiered on September 14th on Disney XD.