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ISSUE #3  January 28, 2014
My Fellow Xiaolin Dragonites,

First, I would like to wish everyone the most horse-picious Year of the Horse!  May this New Year “rein” in good health, joyful fulfillment, and triumphant achievements for all of our fans.  And hopefully, more XIAOLIN!  You see, my family is Cantonese Chinese and we are a superstitious bunch.  Ever heard of Feng Shui, which was invented by the Chinese thousands of years ago?  Since childhood, we were taught to say good luck phrases (and only good!) during the Chinese New Year festivities and not to wash our hair…. Impossible, right?  Why do you think Omi’s bald…just kidding.  And if a child says something not befitting of the auspicious-ometer, then Mother would quickly say “Choy! Choy Choy!” as if she had just summoned a good luck WU to block that negative energy. So please, only good thoughts for the Chinese New Year!  And wear RED. Oh, go ahead and wash your hair. OK, back to Xiaolin….

The past four months have been filled with super heavy post-production work in Paris, but the good news is: we are only six episodes away from wrapping up the entire First Season!  Whew!  That means cold, gloomy days are almost over for moi !  For those of you who have been in Paris during the winter, you know what I mean. Temperatures hover around 30-40 degrees, and most days are gray, gloomy, and rainy. Yes, perfect for museum wandering or café hopping.  On the rare occasions that there is sunshine, everyone’s spirits soar!  â€œHurry, come soak in the rays before the sun disappears!”  It’s amazing to experience the effects of sunlight on people’s moods here.  It is very easy to feel down without the sun.  And that’s where the fabulous French food can help the mood!  No wonder people call those of us from LA, the people from lala-land…we are perpetually happy in our sunny place.
I want to share with you some exciting news!  We are working on Season 2 of Xiaolin Chronicles.  And here’s the newly minted poster we want to share with our fans...
Before we talk more about Season Two, let’s step back in the time tunnel for a brief look at Season One. Some of you have expressed disappointment in this new season’s CGI showdowns. I hear you. And I feel your pain. Not that it is an excuse, but we experienced all sorts of technical and production challenges, not to mention having language barriers. An international co-production is a complicated setup. Many of you did send notes of kudos for which my entire team is grateful. The team worked hard, and we certainly tried our best. So, given the circumstances, we were happy to be able to work through it all. I must share with you Theodore Roosevelt’s wonderful quote that I found very inspirational during my entire production. I kept reminding myself: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”   
Aside from the visual experience, I hope that you did enjoy the music of the CGI sequences. We created distinctive Showdown music for this season.  We call it “Dragon Trance.”  Our French composers are doing a great job.  And I feel that the music sort of “ups” the game for us.  Merci, Score Factory!  Trés trés magnifique!
Here is the silver lining—Season 1 brings back the show for us all!  The monks are back, Gong-Yi-Tan-Pai-ing all the way to victory!  We were voted #7 on the Best New Show List for 2013 on which included live action and animation!  And I’m told that the TV ratings are solid !  So, here’s to solidifying our ratings when the show returns in February.  Help spread the Xiaolin word!
In short, I am ecstatic that Season One is nearly a wrap.  It’s been a long journey, and we’re just warming up!  And thanks to all of you for coming along for the ride!
What’s in store for Season 2?  For starters and just some broad strokes stuff: Every monk will grow, not only as warriors, but also as people. Even Dojo, a 1,500 year-old-dragon, will have his fair share of changes coming, and we don’t mean just shedding his dragon scales. A few monks will go through life-altering changes with major life-decisions to make. Others will discover their past. New characters will join the adventure, both on the good and the evil sides. We will delve into the past, revealing truths and also discovering mysteries. Don’t we all love the mysterious? This coming season is worth getting excited about. As writers, our heads are spinning…the possibilities are endless. Great FUN will be had!
Also, there will be brand new elements that will rock the core of the Xiaolin world!
Will the showdown be in CGI?  Simply put, I don’t know yet.  But what I know is—it will be different from what we have now.  We will do some tests, play with various concepts and then decide. So stay tuned.
When is XC returning on Disney XD? 
February 1st, this coming Saturday at 9:30 AM.  Please tune in and help us spread the word!  Here is the 411 on this upcoming episode: 
Episode 13 "Heylin Within"
Ping Pong is stressing over mastering all the tasks before him, from performing a new team formation to working on a never-ending list of chores. He then duplicates himself with the Ring of Catsumi Shen Gong Wu, splitting into nine versions, which makes him vulnerable to Chase’s evil plan to turn him into Reptilian Ping Pong!  In the end, only Ping Pong can save himself and rid the Heylin from within..
When does XC start to air on CN overseas?
Cartoon Network overseas will air XC.  At this time, it looks like the show will premiere in the UK, Asia (including Japan), and Turkey in March 2014.  Latin America and the Nordic countries will follow in May, while Holland, Poland, Russia, and Central and Eastern Europe countries will air in June.  
Master Fung came across this “Lesson of the Golf Balls” in his In-Box and would like to share it with you. Although you probably have seen this before, it is worth reading it again, for words of wisdom are akin to food for the brain.   

"A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’ The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. ‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else—the small stuff. ‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn. Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand. One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked. The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend."*** 

*** For the fans under 21, please remember to substitute an age appropriate drink like my favorite, green tea with ginger, or lemonade, or milk!  But the message is the same—you can always spend some time with a friend
I recently gave an interview on Animation Magazine.  If you would like to read this article, here’s the link:
In closing, thank you for all of your support and fan love for Xiaolin!  Take care of the golf balls in your life and don’t sweat about the sand, for there is always sand in your lives. Your continued support means a lot to me, and I cannot thank you enough!  Giddy up and make this a bronco-bustin’ of a year!
Let there be light, Xiaolin Dragons!  Gong Yi Tan Yai!
 -- Christy Hui
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