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Mighty Magiswords is an American Flash animated fantasy-comedy television series created by Kyle Carrozza specifically for Cartoon Network Video, being as the network's first online original series. The web shorts officially premiered online on May 6, 2015 as well as the interactive games shown in the app Cartoon Network Anything.

Mighty Magiswords
Mighty Magiswords logo.png
Created byKyle Carrozza
Directed by
  • Nick Bertonazzi, Jr. (animation)
  • Ken Mitchroney (supervising)
Voices of
Kyle Carrozza
Grey Griffin
Theme music composerKyle Carrozza
Andy Paley
Opening theme"Mighty Magiswords", performed by Dan Avidan and Kyle Carrozza
Composer(s)
  • Kyle Carrozza
  • Andy Paley
  • Jake Posner
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes92[1] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Brent Tanner
  • Nick Bertonazzi, Jr. (supervising producer)
Editor(s)Tom Browngardt
Running time11 minutes (TV series)
3–5 minutes (Shorts)
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Audio formatDolby Digital 2.0
Original releaseWeb series:
May 6, 2015 –
June 6, 2017
TV series:
September 29, 2016 –
May 17, 2019[2][better source needed]
External links
Website

On June 13, 2016, it was confirmed that Mighty Magiswords was picked up as a full-length TV series and premiered on September 29, 2016 on Cartoon Network.[3] A sneak peek of the episode "Mushroom Menace" aired on September 5, 2016, prior to the official premiere date. On February 9, 2017, Mighty Magiswords was renewed for a second season which premiered on April 30, 2018 as well as a new mobile game, Surely You Quest (in tie with its previous mobile game, MagiMobile).[4]

The series concluded on May 17, 2019 with the remaining episodes, which were previously released on the Cartoon Network Video app roughly a year earlier, premiering on Cartoon Network and Boomerang simultaneously for two weeks.[5][better source needed]

Contents

PremiseEdit

The series is about Vambre and Prohyas, a cute and clumsy sibling team of "Warriors for Hire", who go on hilarious adventures and crazy quests around the world to find and collect magical swords known as "Magiswords".[6]

MagiswordsEdit

A Magisword is a sword that contains a specific magical ability based on its design. There are many Magiswords scattered across the land and Vambre and Prohyas go around to collect them, while also using Magiswords they previously collected. Magiswords can also be bought at the Mount Ma'all in Ralpho's House of Swords, others are one-of-a-kind that can be found in certain areas of the Rhyboflaven Kingdom. Some Magiswords are also living entities that can speak human language or get sick, such as Zombie Pumpkin Magisword and Dolphin Magisword.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotAugust 15, 2015 (2015-08-15)
152September 29, 2016 (2016-09-29)April 29, 2018 (2018-04-29)
240April 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)[7][better source needed]

Background and productionEdit

Mighty Magiswords is created by Kyle Carrozza, an animator, voice actor, musician and storyboard artist who currently writes songs for The FuMP and was previously the creator, storyboard artist and voice actor for his short "MooBeard: The Cow Pirate" on Nicktoons Network series, Random! Cartoons. Produced in Flash animation, this series is the first original cartoon show on Cartoon Network made specifically for online.[6] These characters were created by Carrozza in 1996,[8][better source needed] and was pitched to Cartoon Network in 2005–2006 under the names "Legendary Warriors for Hire", and to Mondo Media[9] in 2007–2008 as "Dungeons and Dayjobs",[10] before Cartoon Network picked it up in 2013. Most of the series is done in-house at Cartoon Network Studios, with the original shorts animated by their newly-established Flash unit, while the overseas mid-production was done at Malaysian animation studio, Inspidea, although the in-house crew were still used for animation revisions, interstitials and other additional content.[11][better source needed] Production for the series wrapped in 2018[2][better source needed] and the remaining episodes were released simultaneously from May 6 to May 17, 2019.[citation needed]

BroadcastEdit

The Mighty Magiswords short-form series premiered on Cartoon Network in Australia and New Zealand on January 16, 2016. Cartoon Network Australia aired a sneak peek premiere of the full-length series on December 10, 2016.[12] Mighty Magiswords premiered as a full series in Australia on January 16, 2017.[13]

Mighty Magiswords premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on September 29, 2016 and aired re-runs on its sister channel Boomerang from May 29, 2018 to June 8, 2018, then returned to the network's schedule on April 29, 2019.[14] Mighty Magiswords fully premiered on Cartoon Network UK on April 8, 2017 and aired on CITV on April 6, 2018.[15][16][17]

On Cartoon Network Africa, the shorts premiered in January 2017, and the show fully premiered in March 2017.[18] The series also premiered in India on May 6, 2017.[19]

ReceptionEdit

The show's TV version has received mixed reviews, with the most criticized aspect being the overall fast pace of the episodes. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media wrote, "...Short on substance or value. Kids may not learn much from watching, but they'll undoubtedly enjoy the characters' antics and the laughable mayhem that ensues when each new magisword gets put to use."[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "How Cartoon Network's newest TV show was built on digital". Digiday. 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  2. ^ a b https://twitter.com/TVsKyle/status/1035632145291599872
  3. ^ Holloway, Daniel (2016-06-13). "Cartoon Network Orders 'Mighty Magiswords' Series (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  4. ^ "Cartoon Network's 'Mighty Magiswords' Renewed for Season Two". The Hollywood Reporter. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  5. ^ https://tvskyle.tumblr.com/post/184679070737/thegreatlukeski-tomorrow-monday-may-6th
  6. ^ a b The Deadline Team. "Cartoon Network Unveils Upfront Slate For 2015–2016". Deadline.
  7. ^ Kyle A. Carrozza on Twitter (May 17, 2019). "Today, the very last episode of Mighty Magiswords "Let's Team Up Because We Aren't Bad Friends" airs on Cartoon Network! #MightyMagiswords".
  8. ^ "Legendary Warriors for Hire". Kyle Carrozza. 2005-11-06. Archived from the original on 2015-10-27 – via deviantart.com. I created these guys back in 1996, but haven't drawn them much until now...
  9. ^ Sep 12, 2016 (2016-09-12). "TokuNet Podcast – Kyle Carrozza Interview". The Tokusatsu Network. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  10. ^ "Dungeons and Dayjobs by =TVsKyle on deviantART". Web.archive.org. 2013-04-29. Archived from the original on 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2017-04-05.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. ^ https://tvskyle.tumblr.com/post/165509978597/hi-i-absolutely-love-all-your-art-its-so
  12. ^ "Cartoon Network Australia And Boomerang Australia December 2016 Highlights". RegularCapital: Cartoon Network International News. Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific/Poem Group PR. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Cartoon Network Australia And Boomerang Australia January 2017 Highlights". RegularCapital: Cartoon Network International News. Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Cartoon Network PR Highlights January 2016". Eckfactor (Press release). Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  15. ^ https://www.regularcapital.com/2018/04/mighty-magiswords-to-air-on-uk-free-to-air-childrens-channel-citv
  16. ^ "Cartoon Network UK Mighty Magiswords Premieres Saturday 8th April". RegularCapital: Cartoon Network International News. Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Press Release). Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Cartoon Network UK April 2017 Highlights". RegularCapital: Cartoon Network International News. Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Press Release). Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Cartoon Network Africa and Boomerang Africa – January 2017 Highlights". RegularCapital. November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  19. ^ https://www.cartoonnetworkindia.com/promo/mighty-magiswords
  20. ^ Ashby, Emily. "Mighty Magiswords". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 30 October 2016.

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