They both use fighting stances and training techniques that exist in the real world, that is hardly copying from Kung Fu Panda and more like copying an overall ancient China theme that actually existed. Are there some references and other likenesses to Kung Fu Panda? Of course, they reference all manner of pop culture. Did Blizzard copy a kids movie? Fuck no. As a vast majority, the Pandaren do not behave or speak like Kung Fu Panda. They are far more serious in story and nature than KFP could will ever possibly be.
Gnomes have a basis in myth and folklore, sure, but did they have the hairstyles and colors like they do in WoW? Cause a pink mo shaped in the style of a 1930's villain sure as hell isn't silly looking is it. Elements of silly existed in WoW long before MoP.
I ask you seriously, purely because I want to know, can you honestly not make out the differences between Pandaren and Kung Fu Panda?
All of the common points you list where set by the setting. Panda based humanoids in a chinese setting are going to have these features, no matter where you go from there.
Po is a blob of fat, while pandaren have clearly defined muscles.
Details like this make massive differences in overall look and feel and are vastly different designs. Po was made for kids and comedy, Pandaren weren't.
but since the pandarens end up like this.... :
which is closer to thise :
i cant agree with you.
the main general themes of the xpac and movie is : martial arts panda bears in a china-land zone .
every other arguments such as lore , minor looks features and speach etc is Redundant.
Accounting for drawing style, that 3D model looks exactly like the guys in the back in the second picture with slightly different uniform, but nothing at all like Po.
Not sure what you're trying to prove there.
Also, the theme of MoP is "Horde and Alliance wreak havoc in Martial Arts Panda's China-land". Know your topic before you start deriding others for getting it wrong.
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I hope the next playable race will be one that looks evil, badass and big. We just had pandas who look friendly and funny so now it is time for a more evil/darker looking race.
"Chen Stormstout says: Why would I want to feel skinny? Size is strength."
"Chen Stormstout says: Look at Xiao over there. He understands the value of a big belly."
The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing...
if i wont defend my beloved franchise since 1993 from becoming one big dancing studio game - thats exactly how it will end up...
cya Tomorrow ..
Murlocs aren't unintelligent. They're descended from gorlocs, and gorlocs are at least as intelligent as ogres. They have a primitive culture, but so do several other races which are either playable or consistently show up in polls. Furthermore, the druid studying the murloc camp in Borean Tundra holds the opinion that they're on an intellectual level with any of the more civilized races. The primary factor in the perception that they're stupid is the fact that almost all of them speak only Nerglish. Rest assured, that gargling noise they make when they attack is a structured language, not some animal sound.
I wouldn't object to seeing them playable at some point, or be surprised. They're the closest thing WoW has to a mascot race.
Pretty sure it is so.
Well I don't know what your smoking if you think the Pandaren model doesn't look like the animated Pandaren. A Pandaren's head/face looks nothing like Po at all. The structure is completely different. Yeah, they both have black around their eyes, but that's a panda thing in general, not a Po thing they stole. Lore and story does apply, it helps set the tone alongside the visual.
Given the new models for Vanilla races, I doubt we're going to be getting any new races for quite awhile.
Im not saying that blizzard would add them but im saying its not impossible. The goblins that we all know to be a pretty intelligent race started off no better then murlocs. They where the equivalent to the kobolds and where slaves to trolls, being forced to mine kajamite the goblins intellect grew though because Kajamite does that sort of thing. What I'm saying is maybe! A goblin cargo ship might hit a ice burg or giant murloc reef or something carrying a load of kajamite or in the goblins commercial form "Kaja Cola" releasing this into a large Murloc reef/ city might alter them and give them higher intelligence. This would solve the problem of people not taking them seriously, and keeping around the cute gullible mrrgglgl murlocs that some people love. It would simply be the equivalent between Alliance Worgen and Feral Worgen.
And perhaps some starting quests would be Murlocs swarming the wrecked ship of the goblins because they think their under attack. They could join the alliance or, they could start being employed by the goblins as deep sea miners or something and join the horde. Im probly thinking to much into this but its 100% possible that Blizzard could pull this off!
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also the pandaren where a part of Warcraft lore way before "Kung Fu Panda" came out if I remember correctly.