Cobra Kai is an American TV series written and produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg. It is a motion picture with martial arts, drama, and comedy, which is based on the film The Karate Kid, directed by Robert Mark Kamen. It was released in 1984. Whereas in the series, events take place 34 years after everything that unfolds in the film. The main characters and actors are the same as in the original film: Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso and William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence.
Meaning and History
The start of the film project was announced in the summer of 2017, and in the fall, filming had already started. The series was released in the spring of 2018. Producers and directors announced their intentions to make a second season simultaneously in 2018, and in 2019 they released the movie. The third season of the series was immediately announced, which debuted in the winter of 2021.
The first two cycles were broadcast on YouTube Red, but Netflix bought the rights to rent it. However, many views were noted on both resources because critics approved the series. Their rating on Rotten Tomatoes averages 7.51 with 100 percent recommendations. Audience sympathy is also high. According to Metacritic, they gave Cobra Kai 72 points with 95 percent of recommendations.
In 2021, the television series consisted of 3 seasons and 30 episodes, although further work on the fourth is already planned. Filming occurs primarily in the United States, in Atlanta, Georgia, including Briarkliff, Mariette, and Union City. Since, according to the plot, the events in the motion picture unfold in California, all street shots were made in Tarzana and Encino.
The main characters and the cast who perform them move from season to season. In particular, in addition to Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) and William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence), Courtney Henggeler (Amanda LaRusso), Xolo Maridueña (Miguel Diaz), and others are constantly involved in Cobra Kai. Individual insignia are also unchanged: the style of the splash screens and logos must be preserved. The name of the series is always spelled the same. Identity, like characters, remains recognizable to convey the generality of the picture, its continuity, well, and not to lose loyal viewers who are accustomed to a certain visual range.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The text part is the title for the splash screen. It is made in a semi-connected handwritten font since not all characters in it are connected. In some places, the link is interrupted: for example, between “O” and “B,” “B” and “R,” “K” and “I.” By the way, the last letter of the listed ones has elongated strokes (upper and lower), which visually resemble serifs, although in other places they are not.
Despite the handwritten style, the characters are sharp, with straight and jagged lines, with protruding parts, as if it were an accidental trace when swinging in the process of writing words. Similar elements are common to all letters, except “C.”
The colors are very interesting. Since the official splash screen is white, the symbols are enhanced by shading. They emphasize the film’s title so that the words in it seem to materialize out of negative space. This impression is created by the blurry gray shadows on the right and below. They also make the inscription floating, three-dimensional.
The series also uses a graphic emblem: one looks like a print, the other looks like a print. But their content is the same – a cobra frozen in an attacking stance. A forked red tongue protrudes from the open mouth, and the snake itself is yellow-black. A hood is inflated around the white head, which also speaks of a threat.
On the left and right are the inscriptions “Cobra” and “Kai.” Their style differs from the text part, although they are also handwritten in block letters. Also, on the seal, there are additional phrases placed in a circle on a wide strip: “STRIKE FIRST,” “STRIKE HARD,” “NO MERCY.” Dots separate them.
The title on the screensavers and posters is in a typeface reminiscent of the Dead Stock font developed by BLKBK Fonts. The branded palette contains white and gray colors. A more aggressive gamut is also used, consisting of yellow, black, and red.