If you couldn’t guess already, I love cartoons. Honestly, you guys should’ve seen this article coming from a long way away judging by the current news I’ve been posting. It comes to nobody’s surprise that I’m always on the look out for fresh
memes shows to come from creators both new and old.
This list contains a few upcoming shows that I’m definitely going to check out.
1) Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal
Genndy Tartakovsky, the master of cinematic storytelling in animated shows is back. Best known for his previous works from Dexter’s Lab and Samurai Jack, it seems like Genndy will be back again; This time in creating a brand-new show for AdultSwim.
In what I can only describe as Samurai Jack going too far back into the past and ended up in a particularly violent universe; I think this was always the kind of gritty, bloody, violent Samurai Jack that Genndy has always wanted to make.
Currently, there is only a trailer out and not much else has been detailed; it shows what appears to be the main protagonist going to town on a bunch of prehistoric animals. I can’t wait to see what Genndy’s next project will bring us.
2) Infinity Train
Remember that one episode of Adventure Time where Finn and Jake were trapped in a circular train set that had infinitely generating rooms in an allegory to MMOs? It seems like the idea was so good that someone made this entire concept into a show itself.
While the pilot episode has been out for quite some time now, no real detail has emerged in the years that ensued about Cartoon Network picking up the show. It seems that CN did indeed pick this show up with the first season airing sometime in 2019.
The show does seem to be very plotline focused with a mystery aspect to it much like Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated and has piqued my interests for how they are going to progress with the storyline.
Definitely keep this one on your watch list.
3)Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart
Missing Adventure Time already? Then look no further for another replacement that will also be on Cartoon Network. You can read the synopsis below:
“Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart centers on its title character, Sheriff Mao Mao, a daring cat who has high intentions for action and adventure. The adventurer gets stuck on a cute and cuddly town called Pure Heart Valley with his sidekick Badgerclops, a cyborg-armed badger, where they meet Adorabat, a cute little bat. Together, the three go on adventures to protect their citizens of Pure Heart Valley from the forces of evil.”Wikipedia
I think if Puss in Boots and Adventure Time were to be combined into one, this would be the result. But I have no doubt in my mind, judging from the trailer, that they are going for the same kind of storytelling mythos; “Adventure first, stories later”. A fine way to first get your audience interested in the show before convincing them to stay for the lore and over-arching plot.
Consider me interested, Mao mao, if that is your real name.
The series pilot is set to premiere on July 1st 2019.
4) Amphibia/ The Owl House (Star vs. split into two?)
While Disney can never truly fill the star-shaped hole in my heart with anything else, they are investing their money in animated shows that does seem to be interesting from the onset.
Although one should still remember that if Disney scrapped all their shitty sitcoms, that would be more than enough money to give us at least 10 more seasons of Star vs. the forces of evil.
First up we have Amphibia that is about a girl being teleported into a frog world and probably some adventure ensues. You can read the synopsis below:
“The series chronicles the adventures of a self-centered 13-year-old Thai-American girl named Anne Boonchuy. After stealing a mysterious treasure chest, she is magically transported to Amphibia, a wild marshland full of talking frog-people. She soon meets and befriends an adventurous young frog named Sprig Plantar, who will guide her to be a true hero, while discovering the first true friendship of her life”WIkipedia
The show has gone for a more limited variation of dimensional travel like Gravity Falls, and the sneak peek seems to indicate a more light-hearted adventure more akin to things like Clarence or the earlier seasons of Star vs.
I wonder if Yvegney (AKA Buff Frog) from Star vs. is going to make a cameo appearance?
The Owl House
For The Owl House, there is even less info about this show other than a few promotional images I could find. Although I do find the synopsis to be the more interesting of the two:
“The Owl House is a horror-comedy series that follows Luz, a self-assured teenage human girl who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to the Demon Realm. There she befriends a rebellious witch, Eda, and an adorably tiny warrior, King. Despite not having magical abilities, Luz pursues her dream of becoming a witch by serving as Eda’s apprentice at the Owl House and ultimately finds a new family in an unlikely setting.”Wikipedia
It seems like this show will inherit the dimensional traveling aspects of Star vs. where characters are more easily able to travel between dimensions.
The show seems to revolve around a more “standard” mentor/trainee dynamic that is more akin to a traditional action-fantasy setting (what comes to mind is something like Shaolin Showdown) with a more Adventure Time-esque art direction which I quite like. The companion character looks to be Cubone inspired which is interesting to see!
Judging from the vibes of the show, I feel like The Owl House would be the one to watch for a plotline more geared towards older audiences that like the more nuanced storytelling from the later seasons of Star vs.
Also, freaking owls. WooHooo(t)!
Bonus) Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus / Rocko’s modern life: Static Cling
In an effort to either wrap up some of the old series convincingly or otherwise, several Nicktoons are also receiving the same renewal treatment in the form of a TV movie, much like the one we got for Hey Arnold! In 2017. Seems like we are getting the same thing here as well with Invader Zim and Rocko.
Although due to Rocko not being a particularly story-centric show, my eyes are really on Invader Zim as we never really did get to see Zim fulfil his invasion/conquest of Earth. A trailer was put out by Nick last year and it looks like none of the animation or art styles got changes which is great for fans of the series.