OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes 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.
|OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes|
|Created by||Ian Jones-Quartey|
|Based on||Lakewood Plaza Turbo (2013)|
|Theme music composer||Mint Potion Studios|
|Opening theme||"Let’s Watch the Show"|
by Mint Potion Studios
|Ending theme||"It's Only Magic"|
by Rebecca Sugar
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||112 (list of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||Cartoon Network Studios|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||Cartoon Network|
|Picture format||1080p (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original release||August 1, 2017 –|
September 6, 2019
On March 9, 2017, nearly four years after the original short's premiere, Cartoon Network announced that the television series had been greenlit. 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. A third season, which was announced on June 26, 2019, 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.
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.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilot||May 21, 2013|
|1||54||August 1, 2017||April 6, 2018|
|2||38||May 5, 2018||June 30, 2019|
|3||20||July 7, 2019||September 6, 2019|
|Shorts||13||February 4, 2016||August 2, 2017|
- Stephanie Nadolny as K.O. (in the pilot and some episodes), Gladys (in the pilot)
- Courtenay Taylor as K.O. (rest of series), T.K.O., Blue Power, Whistle, Baby Shannon, Hon Dew
- Mena Suvari as Enid (in the pilot)
- Ashly Burch as Enid (series and shorts), Gladys, Ms. Mummy, Foxy, Cherry, Ball Monster, Rippy Roo, Baby Teeth, Glitter Starlight, Tumbles, Plazamo ("Dark Plaza"), Hamster, Classmate 1 & 2 ("You're a Good Friend, KO!")
- Ian Jones-Quartey as Radicles, Darrell, Crinkly Wrinkly, Cookie Man, Pird (episode 11), Frat Boy 2, Gregg, Point Trooper, Drone ("Mystery Sleepover"), URL, Gauntlet, Pickle, Nerd 2, Janner
- David Herman as Mr. Gar, Brandon, Jethro, Mad Sam, Beardo, Rat, Steamborg Robot, Young Crinkly Wrinkly, Action News Narrator, Heroic Guy, Boxgar, Dragon
- Kate Flannery as Carol, Gertie (in the pilot)
- Jim Cummings as Lord Boxman, Boxman Jr., Gar-Man, Mecha-Maw, Robbie
- Kari Wahlgren as Shannon, Chillcat, Tumbles, Mrs. Gnarlio, Vormulax, Kid, P.O.I.N.T. HQ, Barista Pup, Wavezilla, Grandma
- Robbie Daymond as Raymond, Co-Bruh, Rex, Announcer ("Beach Episode")
- Chris Niosi as Nick Army, Pird, Ernesto, Neil, Face of Fear, Male Lead, Soloist, Anxious Ricky, Wistful Pete, Drone
- Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Dynamite Watkins, Miss Quantum, Snake
- Cole Sanchez as Colewort, Topher, Driver, Plaque, Point Trooper
- Melissa Villaseñor as Potato, Punching Judy, Drupe, Gertie, Ginger, Mega Football Baby, Shy Ninja, Biki, Phoebe, Punching Trudy
- Kali Hawk as Red Action, GPS, Moon
- Ben Jones as A Real Magic Skeleton, Cactus Person, Zombie Fan
- James Urbaniak as Mr. Logic, Joff the Shaolin Monk (episode 3), Baby Ernesto
- Melissa Fahn as Dendy, Mikayla, Krissa, Monkey, Genesis
- Lara Jill Miller as Fink, Cantalop
- Marina Sirtis as Cosma
- Michael-Leon Wooley as The Sun, Ted Viking, Bell Beefer, Galgarion, Big Bull Demon
- Wallace Shawn as Wally the Wizard
- Richard McGonagle as Chameleon Sr.
- Tony Revolori as Chameleon Jr., Dolph Finn
- Andrés du Bouchet as Joe Cuppa, Small Joe
- Keith David as Crinky Wrinkly Narration
- Parker Simmons as Plazamo, Lad Boxman, Skateboard Nerd, Pow Card Narrator, Rude Kid, Fish Dude, Gary, Mimic, Acting Coach, Gerald Nametag, Darrell's Deep Voice, Employee Pup
- Robbie Rist as Gnarlio, Frat Boy, Corn Shepherd
- Kath Soucie as Peej, Gnarlio Jr.
- Steven Ogg as Professor Venomous/Laserblast, Shadowy Figure
- Jonathan Davis as Succulentus
- Reshma Shetty as Elodie, Baby Wave
- Diedrich Bader as Cupid
- Carol Kane as Ginger
- Lola Kirke as Holo-Jane
- Ron Funches as Sparko
- Clancy Brown as Pavel, Powio Statue, Mr. Cardsley
- Nichole Bloom as Pepelina, Carla, Gecky, Nanini, Bobo
- Dave Fennoy as Guards, Kappa, Ofrang, Bernard, Spanky, Nerd 2, Jad
- Michael Sinterniklaas as Hero, Frank Bank
- Melique Burger as Theodosia, Wilhamena
- Joe Nipote as Crudde, Corn Shepherd
- Sterling Jarvis as Rad's Singing Voice
- LeVar Burton as Kwame
- David Coburn as Captain Planet
- Tessa Auberjonois as Dr. Blight
- Melodee Spevack as Fox Tail
- Dana Snyder as Doctor Greyman, Elf King, Cough Man
- Kurt Angle as Chip Damage
- Erica Mendez as Black Strategy
- Carrie Keranen as Yellow Technique
- Jamie Marchi as Green Guts
- Justin McElroy as Billiam Milliam
- Michael Donovan as Director
- Johnny Wu as Joff the Shaolin Monk
- Michael Patrick Bell as Principal Claus
- Melanie Chartoff as Sunshine
- Ali Wong as Twisty
- Larissa Gallagher as Miss Pastel, Koala Princess, Demon Queenie
- Estelle as Garnet
- Tara Strong as Ben 10, Raven, Ilana
- Michael Dorn as Red Strike, Weasel
- John DiMaggio as Four Arms, Jake the Dog, Shnitzel
- Pete Browngardt as Festro, Uncle Grandpa
- Russi Taylor as Phantasma
- Pat Musick as Elsa Frankenteen
- Susan Blu as Sibella
- Natalie Palamides as Winnie
- Kristen Li as Tanis
- SungWon Cho as Johnny, Jack Wacky, Rando, Teamster, Game ("T.K.O. Rules")
- Candi Milo as Combo Breaker
- Bob Bergen as Scoutmaster
- Paul Rugg as President of the Universe, Cantalop, Announcer ("Gar Trains Punching Judy")
- Nick Bakay as Warlock
- Keith Silverstein as Ted Viking ("We Are Heroes")
- Karen Strassman as Foxy ("We Are Heroes")
- Roger Craig Smith as Sonic the Hedgehog
- Colleen Villard as Miles "Tails" Prower
- JB Blanc as Coach
- Betsy Zajko as Cosma ("Deep Space Vacation")
- Constance Shulman as Dr. Sphinxsen
- Barbara Goodson as Small Calf Demon, Monster ("You're a Good Friend, KO!")
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. Its multiple storyboard artists have also been seen on Twitter. 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. 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. 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.
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. In Canada, it premiered on August 1 on Cartoon Network and on September 4 on Teletoon. In Africa, the shorts were released on September 11 and the full series premiered on November 18, 2017. It premiered in the UK and Ireland on October 9, 2017. It premiered in Australia and New Zealand and the Philippines on January 6, 2018 and in Southeast Asia on January 20, 2018, Cartoon Network Korea on December 1, 2017, and Cartoon Network Japan in July 2018.
|Season||Episodes||Years active||Release dates|
|1||53||2017–18||Volume 1: T.K.O.: July 17, 2018 (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")|
A mobile game, OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo, was launched on Android and iOS 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.
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, and a Nintendo Switch port was released on October 30, 2018.
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