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OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes[2] is an American action comedy animated series created by Ian Jones-Quartey for Cartoon Network. The show is based on Jones-Quartey's pilot Lakewood Plaza Turbo, which was released as part of Cartoon Network's 2013 Summer Shorts project. It was produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The web series premiered on Cartoon Network's YouTube channel and on Cartoon Network Video on February 4, 2016.[3][4]

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
OK KO! logo.png
GenreAction
Comedy
Created byIan Jones-Quartey
Based onLakewood Plaza Turbo (2013)
Story by
  • Ian Jones-Quartey
  • Toby Jones
  • Erin Shade
  • Dave Tennant
Directed by
  • John Pham (art)
  • Toby Jones (supervising, season 1)
  • Geneva Hodgson (supervising, season 2-3)
  • Kimson Albert (animation)
Voices of
Theme music composerMint Potion Studios
Opening theme"Let’s Watch the Show"
by Mint Potion Studios[1]
Ending theme"It's Only Magic"
by Rebecca Sugar
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes112 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Conrad Montgomery (co-executive, seasons 1-3, episodes 44–112)
  • Jennifer Pelphrey
  • Tramm Wigzell
  • Brian A. Miller
  • Rob Sorcher
  • Ian Jones-Quartey
Running time
  • 1-2 minutes (shorts)
  • 11 minutes (series)
  • 22 minutes (specials)
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Picture format1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseAugust 1, 2017 (2017-08-01) –
September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)
External links
Website

On March 9, 2017, nearly four years after the original short's premiere, Cartoon Network announced that the television series had been greenlit.[5] The opening sequence was storyboarded by Japanese artist Hiroyuki Imaishi, co-founder of Studio Trigger.

On December 4, 2017, the series was confirmed to be renewed for a second season, which premiered on May 5, 2018.[6] A third season, which was announced on June 26, 2019,[7][8] premiered on July 7, 2019. On August 12, 2019, the series was cancelled and ended after three seasons and 112 episodes with the series finale aired on September 6, 2019.[7][9][10]

PremiseEdit

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes is set in the retro-futuristic year of 201X. The series follows the titular character, K.O., and his efforts to become the world's greatest hero while working at Gar's Bodega (run by Mr. Gar), a hero supply shop in Lakewood Plaza. Alongside him are his best friends and co-workers Radicles, a narcissistic alien, and Enid, a levelheaded big sister-like ninja, as well as other heroes who work in the area.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotMay 21, 2013 (2013-05-21)
154August 1, 2017 (2017-08-01)April 6, 2018 (2018-04-06)
238May 5, 2018 (2018-05-05)June 30, 2019 (2019-06-30)
320July 7, 2019 (2019-07-07)September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)
Shorts13February 4, 2016 (2016-02-04)August 2, 2017 (2017-08-02)

Voice castEdit

ProductionEdit

To promote OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Cartoon Network's Chief Content Officer Rob Sorcher hinted many times in an interview that it would become a full series.[18] Its multiple storyboard artists have also been seen on Twitter.[19][20][21][22][23] On March 9, on PlayStation's Blog, Chris Waldron VP of Games & Digital Products for Cartoon Network announced a series in the works, along with a video game.[24] The series was premiered by Cartoon Network on August 1, 2017. The first 6 episodes were released online on June 13, 2017.

The show was animated traditionally in South Korea by Digital eMation and Sunmin Image Pictures.[25] Unlike many animated programs, which are inked on paper and then scanned for coloring, OK K.O.! was drawn in pencil. The animators pencil each frame on paper using a light table, and then color them digitally on a layer beneath the transparent line work, to retain a hand-drawn quality. For Quartey, it was important for the audience to "never forget that these are drawings." This was partially inspired by the first season of The Simpsons, which had a loose, rough quality to its animation. In addition, the show's design sense is inspired by Yoshi's Island.[26]

BroadcastEdit

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes had its worldwide television premiere in the US on Cartoon Network on August 1, 2017, and aired on sister network Boomerang from August 7 to September 1, 2017.[27] In Canada, it premiered on August 1 on Cartoon Network and on September 4 on Teletoon.[28][29] In Africa, the shorts were released on September 11 and the full series premiered on November 18, 2017.[30][31] It premiered in the UK and Ireland on October 9, 2017.[32] It premiered in Australia and New Zealand and the Philippines on January 6, 2018 and in Southeast Asia on January 20, 2018,[33][34] Cartoon Network Korea on December 1, 2017, and Cartoon Network Japan in July 2018.

Home releasesEdit

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes home video releases
Season Episodes Years active Release dates
  United States
1 53 2017–18 Volume 1: T.K.O.: July 17, 2018[35] (Episodes: "Let's Be Heroes" – "We Messed Up" • "We've Got Pests" – "We're Captured" • "T.K.O." – "We've Got Fleas" • "Glory Days" – "Parents' Day" • "Villains' Night Out" • "Villains' Night In" • "Let's Not Be Skeletons" • "Action News")

Video gameEdit

A mobile game, OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo, was launched on Android[36] and iOS[37] on February 4, 2016 as a free game for those platforms. It is a beat 'em up developed by Double Stallion Games and published by Cartoon Network Games. The game's original score was composed by Mathieu Lavoie and FX Dupas at Vibe Avenue in Montreal, Canada.[38]

Capybara Games developed a video game based on the show for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows. Entitled OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes, it was released on January 23, 2018,[6] and a Nintendo Switch port was released on October 30, 2018.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Let's Watch the Show by OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes". Apple Music. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/ok-ko/lakewood-plaza-turbo-episode.html?atclk_vn=nav_OK-KO-Lakewood-Plaza-Turbo
  3. ^ Cartoon Network (February 4, 2016). "KO – Lakewood Plaza Turbo – Minisode – Cartoon Network". Retrieved March 17, 2017 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Cartoon Network's Christina Miller Unveils New Digital Strategy, Wants You To Hack It". February 4, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "Cartoon Network Studios Greenlights OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Animated Series – RegularCapital Website". March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "'OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes' Set For Season 2 With New Console Video Game". Deadline. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Kelly, Shamus (August 6, 2019). "How the Sonic the Hedgehog OK K.O.! Team-up Happened". Den of Geek. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/1159503832100904960
  9. ^ Pena, Jessica (August 12, 2019). "OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: Cancelled, No Season Four for Cartoon Network Series". TV Series Finale. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  10. ^ https://tvlistings.zap2it.com/overview.html?programSeriesId=SH02378975&tmsId=SH023789750000&from=sl&aid=gapzap
  11. ^ "Jim Cummings on Twitter". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Chris Niosi [@Kirbopher] (March 9, 2017). "So…remember that CN show I've been teasing y'all that I've been involved with? ;) #OKKO" (Tweet). Retrieved March 17, 2017 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Lara Jill Miller [@LaraJillMiller] (March 10, 2017). "Excited to be a small villainous part of such an amazing show! #CartoonNetwork" (Tweet). Retrieved March 17, 2017 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ ian jq [@ianjq] (September 27, 2017). "THIS FRIDAY at 6:30! New episode guest-starring @MSinter! (btw, If you read my old comics, maybe dont miss this one…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/1154740821930811392
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/1154740843640549377
  17. ^ https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/1154740876813332480
  18. ^ Future of StoryTelling (July 7, 2016). "Rob Sorcher – Animate Your World (FoST 2016)". Retrieved March 17, 2017 – via YouTube.
  19. ^ "gryann shanno (@Cuppatan) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  20. ^ "DDDDAAAAVVVVEEEE!!! (@scrotumnose) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  21. ^ "stevie borbolla (@stebvi) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  22. ^ https://twitter.com/bootswtheturl
  23. ^ "Parker Simmons (@parkerrsimmons) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  24. ^ "Battle Robots and Find Easter Eggs in OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  25. ^ "T.K.O.". OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes. Season 1. September 4, 2017. Cartoon Network.
  26. ^ "Talking Simpsons Interviews OK KO Creator Ian Jones-Quartey!". LaserTime Podcast (Podcast). October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  27. ^ "TV Listings - Zap2it.com". Zap2It. September 1, 2017.
  28. ^ DangerousVHSPromos (August 21, 2017). "Cartoon Network Canada Promo – OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes (August 1 premiere)". YouTube. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  29. ^ Ryan Vo (August 15, 2017). "Teletoon: OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Promo (2017)". YouTube. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  30. ^ "Cartoon Network launches new app for OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes". Media Update. July 28, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  31. ^ Prosper Dube (October 6, 2017). "Cartoon Network Africa November 2017 Highlights". Entertainment Inside Us. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  32. ^ "Cartoon Network UK New Show OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Premieres Monday 9th October". Regular Capital. September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  33. ^ "Cartoon Network January Highlights" (PDF). Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific (Press release). Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  34. ^ Cartoon Network Asia. "Cartoon Network Asia January 2018 Highlights". Facebook. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  35. ^ Trumbore, Dave (May 5, 2018). "This Week in Animation: 'OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: T.K.O.' Arrives on DVD This Summer".
  36. ^ "OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo – Android Apps on Google Play". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  37. ^ "OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo on the App Store". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  38. ^ "VIBE | OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo". vibeavenue.com. Retrieved September 6, 2017.

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