(November 14, 2000 - Burbank, CA) – An all-new animated “Kung Fu 3D,” a totally interactive and unique Web journey based on the classic “Kung Fu” television series, will premiere tomorrow (Wednesday, November 15 at 2 PM PST) on Entertaindom (www.entertaindom.com and accessible at www.kungfu3D.com). A new installment will premiere each Wednesday for the next 12 weeks. The project is from Entertaindom and Warner Bros. Television, in collaboration with Pulse Entertainment. “Kung Fu 3D” will feature renowned film and television actor David Carradine lending his vocal talents to reprise the character he portrayed in both the classic 1970s “Kung Fu” television series and the more recent syndicated series “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.” Carradine portrays the mysterious Kwai Chang Caine, a martial arts master and Shaolin priest wandering America’s Old West in 1870. Throughout this new Web serial, 30-year-old Caine lives by and upholds the spiritual beliefs that have driven him to continually condemn violence and force. Clyde Kusatsu (“American Pie,” “Babylon 5: Thirdspace,” “Batman Beyond”) will voice Master Po, the beloved teacher and mentor from Caine’s childhood, while Tim Lounibos (“The Practice,” “Touched by an Angel”) provides the voice of Caine as a teenager, seen in flashbacks throughout “Kung Fu 3D.” To further the “Kung Fu” experience, the “Kung Fu 3D” Web site (www.kungfu3D.com or via www.entertaindom.com) will feature a number of other engaging interactive elements. Users will be able to click and select various objects to gain more insight into characters, plot elements and interesting facts about the Shaolin way of life and the Old West. Users can also participate in on-screen “training sessions,” where they can choose from a variety of styles and movements for Kwai Chang Caine to use as he hones his Kung Fu skills. Among the site’s other areas are “Kung Fu Facts,” a primer for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of Kung Fu as well as the history of the martial art form, and “Secrets of Shaolin,” which will provide an overview of the Shaolin priests’ cultural and historical background, including their vows, symbols and day-to-day lifestyle. An online watch-and-win sweepstakes will run concurrent with the initial Webcasts of the 12 installments of “Kung Fu 3D,” with the winner receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to China. “The timeless appeal of this acclaimed television series makes it a perfect property for online interpretation,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Executive Vice President, New Media, Warner Bros. “With ‘Kung Fu 3D,’ we’re exposing a whole new generation to the ‘Kung Fu’ legend while offering up a new chapter in the saga for long-time fans to enjoy.” “When Kevin and his team at Entertaindom asked us to resurrect our classic property, ‘Kung Fu,’ we jumped at the opportunity,” said Craig Hunegs, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Television. “We think this interactive experience will capture the spirit of the original ‘Kung Fu.’ We are delighted to have David Carradine back as Caine.” “Pulse could not ask for a more exciting partnership than working with Entertaindom and Warner Bros. Television on updating this legendary television series for the Internet,” said Fred Angelopoulos, CEO of Pulse Entertainment. “What’s equally exciting is that this project truly takes full advantage of Pulse’s seamless integration and our highly interactive, engaging rich media capabilities.” “Kung Fu 3D” will be visually enhanced by Pulse Entertainment’s 3-D Player, offering motion capture technology with three-dimensional representation of the characters. When viewed on the Internet, users of high performance clients, such as systems based on the Intel Pentium(R) 4 processor, will enjoy an even better experience.
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