MeiLing is a Chinese Mountain Cat, and the star pupil of a certain Kung-Fu School (where Crane is the Janitor). Mei Ling gives Crane the confidence to try-out for the school and well, you can probably guess what happened to him
She's only shown in 2D style in the short, so i wanted to try her in a more fleshed out style. Unfortunately, I fail and realistic fur and have no idea how to incorporate the texture of cloth at all.
I spent a good amount of time on this though. Pose is referenced from a screenshot.
Kung Fu Panda, Secrets of the Furious Five & Mei Ling (c) Dreamworks
Mei-Ling's one of my favorite characters! There's a rumor that she's going to be in the third movie! If she is....well, a lot of fans of a certain pairing are going to be quaking in there seats waiting for something to happen.....That'll be me.
"Well,Master Crane(Or as you can call him, Huang 'Xin' Jien)(Name was taken as official 'ON' FF) is from China, he was born on the Yunnán region, on the Valley of the Waterfalls(not canon, it`s something elaborated on Fanfiction).But he started to work as a simple janitor on an academy of kung fu(Lee Dai)...but then, thanks to a very special person called Mei Ling , he did make into the academy as a student.How?Well, it's complicated...Crane was the slave-like janitor at the Lee Da Kung Fu Academy, where everybody looked down upon him, even the strict teacher of the academy, due to his particularly skinny build. However the top student, named Mei Ling, saw the skills which Crane used to tidy up the place every night, and convinced Crane to try out for the school.Mei Ling is the star student at the Lee Da Kung Fu Academy where Crane worked as a janitor. Upon seeing Crane's graceful movement, she urged him to attempt to enroll into the school as a student. Inspired by her faith in him, Crane agreed to make the attempt and she made sure his application was recognized at the induction challenge. Although Mei Ling felt she unnecessarily exposed Crane to public humiliation when his attempt was mocked, though his nerve faltered at first, Crane accidentally wandered into the obstacle course and quickly found the confidence to surpass it, and passed with flying colors leading to his enrollment at the academy.(canon).Few years passed and Crane's kung fu skills just increased by the time.Until one day he received a letter from one of the greatest kung fu masters from all the China, he was invited to become his student at Jade Palace on Valley of Peace.Crane was tempted but...he was already happy on the academy with his friends and Mei Ling, he honestly didn't wanted to go.But then it was Mei Ling who convinced him to leave, to become a student of the palace and turn onto a great warrior as Crane dreamed to be once when he was a janitor.It was the hardest moment of his life, he didn't know how to say goodbye.But she just smiled at him and told me not to worry about it, he would always be on her hearth.That moment he realized how she cared about him ..and that gave him the confidence to know that all his efforts since that moment would be to make her proud of his realizations...and he didn't dissapointed at all, he become a great warrior.He had turn onto a hero along with other great masters, he have become best friends with a splendid warior that saved the Valley of Peace from destruction and recently helped to save the kung fu and the entire China from the complete destruction by the hands of Lord Shen. He's proud of the things that he did...but he still have one thing that he regret..."(not 'entirely' canon, somethings elaborated on Fanfiction.)
In Secrets of the Furious Five-
Po told the rabbit children how Master Crane used to be the janitor at the Lee Da Kung Fu Academy twenty years ago, where everybody (even the strict teacher of the academy) looked down upon him due to his particularly skinny build. However, one night, the top student of the class Mei Ling had observed the skills which Crane used to tidy up the place every night. Impressed by his speed and accuracy, she convinced Crane to try out for the school. Even though his nerve faltered at first, Crane accidentally wandered into the obstacle course and quickly found a way to surpass it, passing with flying colors.
It is presumed Crane eventually left the Academy to train at the Jade Palace under the instruction of Master Shifu. He then soon joined with his other fellow students in forming the Furious Five and became a master over the Crane style of Hung Ga Kung Fu.
In Kung Fu Panda-
Crane was first seen in the training scene where the Five attempt to ambush Master Shifu. When Shifu evaded them completely, he said he was disappointed, pointing out the problems in each of the Five's attack strategy; he told Master Crane he needed to have greater height before attacking.
He was next shown in the Dragon Warrior Tournament. As he flapped his wings, he caused a gust of wind to slam shut the window Po had been looking through. As the first to showcase of power, he was to dodge the "Thousand Tongues of Fire" — rockets that would be hurtling toward him. Crane gracefully managed to dodge the rockets. After the others had performed (aside from Master Tigress), he lined up with the rest of the Five when Master Oogway announced that the Dragon Warrior was among them. He was just as surprised as the rest when a chubby panda named Po fell out of the sky and landed in front of Master Oogway's pointing claw.Crane training on the Jade Tortoise
After the tournament, the Five made their way over to the Training Hall. Crane was shown to be working on the Hall's Jade Tortoise, soon sparring with Tigress when she, too, landed on the tortoise bowl to do battle with him. He came up with the rest of the Five when Po started to showcase his skills, watching and flinching as Po tumbled into the training course and failed each section. He joined in with the others that night in making fun of Po afterwards as they walked towards the Student Barracks, sarcastically remarking, "He is so mighty! The Dragon Warrior, fell out of the sky in a ball of fire!" But little did he know that Po was right behind them the whole time and could hear everything they said.
When Po then tried to sneak into his room that same night, he made the floorboards creak every time he moved and, in trying to avoid that, accidentally stumbled into Crane's room while he was sleeping, waking him up. When Po awkwardly tried to start a conversation, Crane told Po, "I've had a long and rather disappointing day, so... yeah, I should probably get to sleep now." An awkward conversation ensued, during which Po accidentally kicked a hole in the material separating Crane and Monkey's rooms, and ended with Po parting with more awkward apologies.
The next day, Crane had to help Po get unstuck from a full-split he had been attempting to do. He later sparred with Po, but before they could attempt to fight, Po fell into the tortoise bowl and banged around for quite a bit, with Crane having jumped off and hovered in the air above him. That night, as Po was being treated to acupuncture by Mantis and Viper, his exclamations of pain caused Crane to mess up a symbol he was painting on some parchment. He later reminded Tigress from his room that they weren't supposed to talk about Tai Lung when she began telling Po her story, but by the end of it, he and Monkey had opened the door between Crane and Po's room to listen. When the Five and Po ate together that same night, Crane greatly enjoyed Po's noodle soup, and laughed with the rest (excluding Tigress) at Po's "Shifu impression". He and the rest of the Five were later shocked at Master Oogway's death.
When Tigress set off to go fight Tai Lung, the rest of the Five joined her to help. When they finally faced him, Crane helped to cut the rope bridge, saved Tigress from falling to her death, and tie up Tai Lung with a loose rope. When Tai Lung reappeared, he took out all but Crane with nerve attacks, leaving him to carry the rest of the Five back.
When the Valley was evacuated, Crane took a lantern from Tigress and flew up to light the evacuation path for the villagers. He ducked with the rest when a blast of energy came from the center of the village, causing his hat to fly off his head. The Five and the villagers returned to town to investigate, and and joined in the bow to acknowledge Po as a Master and the Dragon Warrior for defeating Tai Lung.
In Kung Fu Panda Holiday-
Crane, along with the rest of the Furious Five, was surprised when Po brought news that he was to host the sophisticated Winter Feast at the Jade Palace. Though the Five offered their help in preparing for the intense dinner, Po believed he could handle it himself, but a number of complications soon arose; among them Crane informing Po that the vocalist of the band for the feast had quit. After finding the many tasks too daunting to do himself, Po decided to call on the Furious Five for help. Crane assisted by using a Kung Fu move, using his wings to send a shift of wind across the table, setting plates and dishes.
When all the tasks were done, Crane was later seated with the other Kung Fu Masters for the Winter Feast. However, the ceremony was interrupted by Po, who told the Masters about his family traditions (mentioning his Uncle Yang's tendency of spurting noodles from his nose when he laughs, which Crane and Monkey remarked they'd like to see), and Po left to be at the Noodle Shop with his father on the holiday. The Five understood Po's reasons for leaving, and they later joined him at the party at the restaurant. There, Crane enjoyed seeing the spectacle of Uncle Yang spurting noodles from his nose as Po described, and Crane later took part in a group portrait with the rest of the Furious Five, Po, Mr. Ping, Shifu, and Wo Hop.
In Art of Balance-
"The Art of Balance"
Crane appears at the start of the comic in Po's dream, along with the rest of the Furious Five.
"The Dragon Chef"
Crane and the Furious Five are enlisted by Po to help around the noodle shop as his father is sick. Crane helps by flying Monkey around the Noodle Shop, giving customer their secret ingredient soup. This ends in disaster, as they get the soup all over the customers. Soon, Po's farther returns and Crane along with the others, praise him as "The Dragon Chef".
"Touch of Destiny"
Crane as he appears in "Touch of Destiny".Crane nervously flies through a forest, as he descends, his hat is caught upon a tree. He sits himself on a hallow log, however Viper was hiding in it and surprise attacks him. He runs away, but soon returns to the rest of the five. Po asks him and the group if they want another game of "Elimination Tag".
In Kung Fu Panda 2-
Po, Crane, and the other Five planning on the infiltration of Gongmen City.
Master Shifu receives a message that a powerful villain (Lord Shen) has emerged with a weapon so powerful, it can destroy Kung Fu. Crane, along with Po and the rest of the Furious Five, must venture across China to face the threat and vanquish it. Crane seems hearty and ready for action. While in the Capital City prison Monkey suggests "crane noises" (which were "Ka-kaw, ki-ki") for the "heads up" sign, to which Crane replies indignantly that he does not sound like that. While trying to escape the Tower of the Sacred Flame, Crane is badly injured and suffered from a broken wing. But he had recovered by the end of the movie for unknown reasons. During the movie, Crane demonstrated on two occasions a most comedic act of expression as he in an almost mechanic fashion would drop his lower beak in awe when Tigress hugged Po, then again when Po in did the same thing to Tigress later in the movie.
Crane is the most patient of the Five, and considered to be the pragmatist of the group. He will always try to avoid and defuse conflicts between the members, whose differing personalities often conflict. Reluctant to resort to violence, he's a "think first, punch second" kind of bird. Sometimes, a well-placed quip is the strongest technique. He'll try to avoid a fight, if at all possible; but if he can't avoid it, he'll do everything he can to win it. The safety of his fellow Kung Fu warriors is his first priority — he's willing to risk his life to protect them.
Crane has also demonstrated a dry sense of humor on occasion. In his spare time, he enjoys practicing the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy, especially as a way to meditate or wind down after a stressful day.
The traditional Crane style is natural, graceful, effortless, fluid and balanced. In traditional crane style, the fighter poses his striking hand similar to the long pointed beak of the bird. Crane doesn't use his beak, but instead, he utilizes his wings for big, circular sweeping movements designed to exploit his wingspan; by enlarging the striking zone, he diffuses his opponents' energy — using four ounces of energy to deflect one thousand tons of pressure.
Unlike the others of the Furious Five, Crane mastered martial arts by himself when he worked as a janitor at the Lee Da Kung Fu Academy. At that time, his martial arts mostly composed of cleaning and sweeping to ease his janitor's workload.
During combat situations in dangerous locations where fatal falls are possible, Crane is able to fly around the combat zone and survey the area as a scout for tactical advantage, ready to catch any of his comrades if they do fall. If necessary, he is also strong enough to carry all of the other Five in the air, but this shows to be very taxing for him.
In the first film, as well as Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Crane displays another ability. While aiding Po alongside the other Five in place settings for the Jade Palace's formal Winter Feast, he was shown being able to manipulate the wind he unleashed with his wings under the plates and tea cups. He lifts them long enough for Master Monkey to accurately and quickly distribute placemats directly underneath them. This makes Crane an aerokinetic, in addition to his other skills. Crane has also apparently worked on teamwork with Po, as he is seen several times helping Po with aerial maneuvers or ensuring he makes safe landings when the panda leaps from high altitudes.
The appearance and effect of "Wings of Justice"Crane also possesses other special abilities such as the "Wings of Justice" technique, where he sweeps his wings to create a strong gust of wind that is able to propel a fleet of ships.
Crane was the first of the Five to hold a conversation with Po, albeit being quite awkward. Nonetheless, touched by Po's dedication and admiration of the Five led Crane to have some respect for Po. By the second film, he seemed to have become close friends with Po, just like the other members of the Five. This is shown when Po managed to fit forty bean buns in his mouth, and Crane cheered for him and playfully slapped the panda's back with his wing, resulting in spat out bean buns. They've also improved their teamwork, as Crane is shown several times helping Po with aerial maneuvers or insuring he lands safely from leaping high altitudes.
The Furious Five-
Crane stands alongside the Furious Five as a member. He tagged along with Tigress and the others to defeat Tai Lung, but after Tai Lung defeated them in battle by paralyzing all but Crane, he brought them back to the Jade Palaceby flight, despite their heavy weight and the long, tedious journey back. This shows the compassion he has for his fellow Kung Fu masters.
Crane was trained by Shifu like the others of the Furious Five. He complies with his orders, even when asked to leave him to defeat Tai Lung. He did, however, seem amused when Po was making fun of the Kung Fu master at supper one time. He can also be a bit nervous about breaking rules set by Shifu, as seen when he overhears Tigress telling Po about Tai Lung and he quickly reminds them, "Uh, yeah, we're not really supposed to talk about him?"
Mei Ling was enrolled as a student at the Kung Fu school where Crane worked as a janitor. Watching him work late one night, she was amazed by his skill and told him to try out for enrollment at the school. She seemed to care about Crane and may have been his only friend when everyone else teased him for being too skinny. Her encouragement and belief in him inspired his decision to go on when he accidentally stepped on the course used to test applicants. When Crane passed the course with flying colors, Mei Ling cheered for him along with all the students who had doubted his ability.Mei Ling is the star student at the Lee Da Kung Fu Academy where Crane used to work as a janitor. She is the most significantly-named original character in SOTFF , but has yet to appear in anything else.
Not much is known about Mei Ling or her past aside from the events in Secrets of the Furious Five. Upon seeing Crane's graceful movements, she urged him to attempt to enroll into the school as a student. Inspired by her faith in him, Crane agreed to make the attempt and she made sure his application was recognized at the induction challenge. Although Mei Ling felt she unnecessarily exposed Crane to public humiliation when his attempt is mocked, Crane accidentally found himself in the necessary obstacle course challenge to test eligibility. It is possible that she developed a friendship with Crane from this experience.
It is unknown what happened to Mei Ling after Crane's victory, for she has yet to appear in anything besides Secrets of the Furious Five.
Mei Ling Personality-
Mei Ling lives up to her reputation as the best fighter at her school, facing much larger opponents with confidence and determination. Off the training grounds, she showed compassion towards Crane, encouraging and supporting him when the other students and even the teacher mocked him. She felt responsible for causing him humiliation and expressed her remorse openly. When Crane does succeed, she was overjoyed and clearly proud of him.
Mei Ling Fighting Style-
Very little is shown of Mei Ling's fighting style, but she seems to favor using a staffto defend and attack, relying on speed and agility to quickly defeat opponents much larger and stronger than herself.
Mei Ling Relationships-
Mei Ling seems to like Crane and genuinely care about him, quickly befriending him and showing him kindness when no one else would. It is unknown whether they continue to correspond since the forming of the Furious Five.
Mei Ling Clothing/Outfit-
Mei Ling wears a slightly flashier teal-colored version of a typical Kung Fu student's uniform: a fitting tunic, loose pants, and leg wraps. In addition, she also wears a teal cuirass and matching (presumably leather) belt and gloves.
Trivia-Mei Ling's name translates in English to "beautiful and delicate" (traditional and simplified Chinese: 美玲; pinyin: měilíng).
On the Secrets of the Furious Five DVD, the subtitles spell Mei Ling's name exactly how it sounds: "May Ling".
Mei Ling bears a strong resemblance to the Wu Sisters, as well as the character who replaces the fishing boy at the beginning of the first film.
Master Crane's outfit consists of basic clothing most students would wear to practice the art of Kung Fu in. However, unlike the other Furious Five, Crane is the only member to wear a hat: A popular conical Asian hat known as a rice hat. He is always seen wearing his hat (even while he fought), even though he has been seen without it, usually when he's eating or sleeping. Crane also wears loose blue pants with a purple sash wrapped around his waist in the style of a Shaolin wrap. He also wears rings around his ankles and toes: Five ankle rings on each of his legs, and a single toe ring on each of his toes.
In Kung Fu Panda Holiday (during the Winter Feast dinner at the Jade Palace and later at the Noodle Shop), Master Crane and the other members of the Furious Five each wear an outfit similar to their normal attire, but slightly differentiated in color and design to match the holiday. Crane wears loose silver pants with a red Shaolin waist wrap, and a slightly fancier version of his regular hat.
Crane is the only member of the Furious Five to be voiced by the same person in Secrets of the Furious Five.
In an interview with "Po" for Scholastic News Online, Po states that Master Crane is the smartest of the Five, as he says that Crane told him the panda is called a "large bear-cat" in China (traditional and simplified Chinese: 大熊貓; pinyin: dà xióng māo).
Crane has 6,019 feathers on his body.
In Secrets of the Furious Five, Crane is shown to prefer using his wings as if they were hands. However, in the two movies, Crane almost never uses his wings likes this, instead using his talons to grab and hold things, such as writing and hold chopsticks. Additionally, Crane uses his talons as "hands" more than any other avian character.
It is shown that Crane seems to be ambidextrous, as shown in Kung Fu Panda when he writes with the talons on his left foot, but eats with the talons on his right foot.
In Kung Fu Panda 2, when Monkey offers to stand watch and make "crane noises" ("Ka-kaw! Kee-kee!") if the guards come into view, Crane is insulted and asks when he's ever made such noises. However, during the final battle with Lord Shen's fleet, he cries this while performing his "Wings of Justice" ability.
I'm not sure if you're following the series but the episode 16-Ladies of the Shade had the character Song, she looked a lot with Ling and the most important; she wasn't a listed character!So she came as a surprise, the chances of Mei Ling show up are better than ever.Have a nice Holiday and New Year!
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