Bravest Warriors

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Bravest Warriors
Bravest Warriors Promo Poster.png
Genre Comedy
Science-fantasy
Science-Fiction
Adventure
Action
Created by Pendleton Ward
Developed by Breehn Burns
Will McRobb
Chris Viscardi
Written by Pendleton Ward
Breehn Burns
Directed by Randy Myers
Pendleton Ward
Breehn Burns
Voices of Alex Walsh
Liliana Mumy
John Omohundro
Ian Jones-Quartey
Tara Strong
Sam Lavagnino
Opening theme "Bravest Warriors" by Peter Berkman (Anamanaguchi) and Jonathan Baken
Composer(s) Tim Kiefer, Anthony Davis, Dustin Pilkington, Drew Neumann
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Breehn Burns
Fred Seibert
Will McRobb (Season 1)
Chris Viscardi (Season 1)
Producer(s) Kevin Kolde
Eric Homan
Running time 7 minutes (pilot)
5 minutes (web series)
Production company(s) Frederator Studios
Cartoon Hangover
Broadcast
Original channel Nicktoons (2009)
Cartoon Hangover (on YouTube) (2012-present)
Picture format SDTV 480i (pilot only)
HDTV 1080p
Original run Pilot:
January 10, 2009 (2009-01-10)
Official:
November 8, 2012 (2012-11-08) – present
Chronology
Related shows Random! Cartoons
External links
Website

Bravest Warriors is an American animated web series created by Pendleton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time, and directed by Breehn Burns. The series is produced by Frederator Studios for their Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel.[1][2] Fred Seibert, Burns, and Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi are the show's executive producers.[3]

Set in the year 3085, the series follows four teenage heroes-for-hire as they warp through the universe to save adorable aliens and their worlds using the power of their emotions.[4] The animated series began streaming on Frederator's Cartoon Hangover channel on YouTube from November 8, 2012.[5] The series is based on a short produced for Frederator's Nicktoons Network animation incubator series Random! Cartoons that aired on January 10, 2009. A comic book adaptation published by Boom! Studios launched on October 24, 2012.[6]

The show won the Shorty Award for Best Web Show in 2013[7] and pending a nomination in the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.[8]

Main characters[edit]

  • Christopher "Chris" Kirkman (voiced by Charlie Schlatter (pilot), Alex Walsh (web series)): The 16-year-old leader of the Bravest Warriors. He has a crush on his best friend, Beth. His sticker pet is a little bee which can form a sword with a honey-comb hilt and a swarm of bees, although he lost it in "The Parasox Pub". In the episode "Cereal Master", he demonstrated his Emotion Lord powers when he moved a bottle of "Seahorse Dreams" by thinking about Beth.[9] He has fears of losing Beth as hinted to him by the Emotion Lord, but that only sends the Emotion Lord away as he revealed part of the future to him, only to reappear in the Parasox Bar to try to get Chris to change the timeline so they can save and reunite with Beth, as the Concierge and Plum have been attempting to rewrite history. Although he does not act in the way the Emotion Lords wish, he manages to tear the fabric of spacetime by taking the Emotion Sword, opening up a new way for the Emotion Lords to manipulate time and space, and as such he is currently missing.
  • Beth Tezuka (voiced by Tara Strong (pilot), Liliana Mumy (web series)): The female member of the Bravest Warriors. Her sticker pet is a cat which can form into a cat o' nine tails with cat heads. In the episode "Hamster Priest" it's discovered that the dimension hopping machine of Beth's father, Ralph Waldo Pickle Chip, is directly linked with Beth's brainwaves. It was eventually revealed in "Season of the Mitch" that Beth is the only one that can bear the Aeon Worms offspring and was nearly impregnated before Danny managed to stop the worm.[10]
  • Wallow (voiced by Dan Finnerty (pilot), Ian Jones-Quartey (web series)): The offbeat member of the Bravest Warriors. His glove contains a computer A.I. named Pixel (voiced by Maria Bamford) who gets jealous easily. His sticker pet is a falcon that forms an axe. It can also form a bazooka and a guitar. He has a wide range of companions such as Impossibear and Catbug. In "Season of the Worm" he lost his left arm when Beth had to amputate it when it got covered in inter phasing hump gnats.
  • Daniel "Danny" Vasquez (voiced by Rob Paulsen (pilot), John Omohundro (web series)): The snarky, cool inventor of the Bravest Warriors. His sticker pet is a dog which forms either a sword or gattling gun. He played a banjo by using his barefeet in episode 7, "Gas Powered Stick". His inventions include a time machine (which was destroyed by an alternate version of himself in "Dan Before Time") and Robo-Chris.
  • Catbug (voiced by Sam Lavagnino[11]): A childish creature that is part cat and part ladybug. Catbug first appeared in the comic, but was introduced along with Impossibear and Plum in "Gas Powered Stick". He simultaneously exists in two dimensions, one of which is the See-Through Zone where the Bravest Warriors' parents are imprisoned. He can be considered the show's breakout character.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Plum (voiced by Tara Strong): First appeared in the comic book and was introduced along with Impossibear and Catbug in Gas Powered Stick, is Beth's friend who is a Merewif, an amphibious alien who can merge her legs into a mermaid tail when in water, as revealed at the end of the episode.[12] She can also assume a more monstrous form with fangs, glowing purple eyes and six tentacles. Plum is the unofficial 5th Bravest Warrior. She has an ancient and wise second personality that lives in her second brain. She seems to have a crush on Chris as seen in Gas Powered Stick when she flirts and kisses him, but that could've been a ruse in order to remove the peach pit that gave Chris X-ray vision. It was revealed in "Merewif Tag" that she is in league with the Concierge and that they are purposly making sure Chris and Beth never end up together.
  • Emotion Lord (voiced by Breehn Burns): A seemingly immortal human who has reality warping powers tied to his emotions. In "Lavarinth", he reveals himself to be Chris from 184 years in the future, and that he needs Chris to start taking vitamin B12 supplements otherwise they will go bald.[13] He had been missing since the episode "Ultra Wankershim" when he was 'forced' to put on the temporal pair 'o socks which appeared after he accidentally gave Chris dangerous foreknowledge of the future.[14] He returns in "Parasox Pub" by possessing Catbug in order to transport Chris to the Parasox Pub, which is locked in a timeless prism for the Emotion Lord. Various stages of the Emotion Lord's life is revealed, and that he will be at least 3000 years old.[15]
  • The Concierge (voiced by Eric Bauza): A small grey-skinned, purple-haired creature in a suit that follows the Emotion Lord in his travels and takes record of everything he says and does. He first appeared in the episode "Emotion Lord" and was most recently seen in "Merewif Tag".[16][17] He is supposedly invisible to all but the Emotion Lord, but was visible to Danny and Wallow in "Lavarinth"[18] and Plum in "Merewif Tag".[17]
  • Impossibear (voiced by Michael Leon Wooley): An unusual bear that first appeared in the comic, but was introduced along with Catbug and Plum in "Gas Powered Stick".[19]
  • Jelly Kid (voiced by Breehn Burns): Also first appeared in "Memory Donk" as a passenger on the bus, and is shown to be able to summon bread at will by making a "pshew" sound. Jelly Kid is killed by Catbug in "Jelly Kid Forever" but soon returns to life in the same episode.
  • Johnny Tezuka/Ralph Waldo Pickle Chips (voiced by Bill Mumy): Beth's father and leader of the Courageous Battlers who upon entering the See-Through Zone with the other Courageous Battlers decided to become an acolyte of the deadly Aeon Worm. He soon begins rebuilding a following with several hamsters. He finally summoned the Aeon Worm in "Season of the Mitch" by using his hamsters perfect faith to transform his sticker pet from a caribou into the Aeon Worm, but was stopped when the paralyzed horse appeared possessing Hamster Mitch and Danny cracked his brain case.
  • Beth's Horse (Voiced by Victor Caroli): First appeared in the season 1 finale episode "Catbug". He is Beth's childhood pet who apparently became paralyzed after he figured out the meaning of forever. Being unable to move or speak he uses a dramatic internal monologue to chronicle his daily life. However, upon entering the see-through zone with Beth he developes telekinetic and psychic powers which he uses to fight the Aeon Worm and protect Beth. He returned in "Season of the Mitch" by using Mitch and his crisis of faith as a conduit to help combat the Aeon Worm.
  • Slippy Napkins (Voiced by Polly Lou Livingston): First appeared in the Random! Cartoons pilot. A member of an alien race who the Bravest Warriors save from a rogue planet. She possesses two legs and a single arm coming out of her head that her people soon learn to use in high-fives. Slippy Napkins returns as one of Wallow's alien pets and a member of Catbug's away team on Santee Major.
  • Aeon Worm (voiced by Tony Todd): The main antagonist of season 2. Described by the Paralyzed Horse as a primordial goliath of the highest evolution. Using its mind control powers it demands that its followers worship it as a god with them often chanting "Never doubt the Worm". It was revealed in "Dimension Garden" that it was created in Ralph Waldo Pickles Chips' dimension garden. In "Season of the Mitch" Ralph Waldo Pickle Chips finally summons the worm but is defeated by Danny, the paralyzed horse, and Mitch.
  • Mitch (voiced by Gedde Watanabe): One of the hamster bred by Ralph Waldo Pickle Chips to worship the Aeon Worm. However in " Season of the Worm" He began to have a crisis of doubt and began to develop a sense of right and wrong. In "Season of the Mitch" he proudly professes his doubt of the worm and allows himself to be possessed by the paralyzed horse in order to defeat the worm. After the worm was defeated he was carried off in praise by the other hamsters for saving them from the worms mind control by choosing right from wrong.
  • The Courageous Battlers: The predecessor team to the Bravest Warriors. Composed of Johnny Tezuka (Beth's father), Chris' Parents, Wallow's parents, and Danny's parents. 2 years prior to the events of the series they ended up lost in the See-Through Zone (which contains every monster they ever defeated) and Johnny Tezuka abandoned them when he was eaten by the Aeon Worm and became Ralph Waldo Pickle Chips. They are able to communicate with their children and vice versa through Catbug and his dimension jumping powers. While the full circumstances of their current status are unknown, Catbug seemingly confirmed that they are alive and well. While they themselves are never seen with the exception of Johnny Tezuka, a picture of them appears in "Time Slime", and "Dimension Garden", and Mr. and Mrs. Vasquez, in Danny's memories in "Dan Before Time".
  • The Passenger: A short astronaut who serves as an easter egg in most episodes.

Episodes[edit]

The series pilot, written by Pendleton Ward and directed by Ward and Randy Myers, first aired on Frederator's Random! Cartoons on the Nicktoons Network on January 10, 2009. The short features different designs and voice actors from the web series.

Bravest Warriors launched on Frederator Studios' Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel on November 8, 2012. The first series was released between November 8, 2012 and March 7, 2013. The series features new character designs and casting from the original pilot.[20] Breehn Burns, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, and Fred Seibert developed and executive produced the Bravest Warriors series for Frederator Studios. Burns, writer and director of Bravest Warriors, is the co-head of Lone Sausage Productions and the co-creator of the award-winning animated short, Dr. Tran. A second season began on October 17, 2013.[21][22] The series began streaming on the Nintendo Video serviced for Nintendo 3DS in North America from November 2013.[23]

Comics[edit]

A comic book adaptation of Bravest Warriors by Boom! Comics at San Diego Comic-Con[24] began publication on Boom!'s kaboom! label from October 24, 2012.[25] At San Diego Comic-Con International in 2013 it was announced that Cartoon Hangover had teamed up with Viz Media to make comics and graphic novels of their properties, with Bravest Warriors being one of the titles announced under their new Perfect Square imprint. They were announced to be released in 2014.[26]

# Date Writer/s Artist/s Collection
1 October 2012 Joey Comeau Mike Holmes Volume One
2 November 2012
3 December 2012
4 January 2013
5 February 2013 Volume Two
6 March 2013
7 April 2013
8 May 2013
9 June 12 2013 Volume Three
10 July 2013
11 August 2013
12 September 2013
13 October 2013 Eric M. Esquivel Volume Four
14 November 2013 Joey Comeau
15 December 2013 Eric Esquivel
16 January 2014 Breehn Burns
17 February 2014 Jason Johnson
Breehn Burns
18 March 2014 Breehn Burns
19 April 2014 Jason Johnson
Breehn Burns
20 May 2014 Breehn Burns
21 June 2014 Kate Leth Ian McGinty
22 July 2014
23 August 2014
24 September 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bravest Warriors (TV Series 2012– ) - IMDb
  2. ^ "Bravest warriors News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip". io9. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
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  4. ^ "Emotion Lord (Bravest Warriors - Ep. 2 Season 1 On Cartoon Hangover)". YouTube. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  5. ^ Bravest Warriors — BRAVEST WARRIORS premieres NOVEMBER 8
  6. ^ Bravest Warriors — therealmikeholmes: THIS IS IT! IT IS TODAY!!!
  7. ^ "CATBUG'S ANSWERS - Hungover with Cade (Ep. 7)". YouTube. 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  8. ^ http://www.annecy.org/annecy-2013/festival/official-selection:c8
  9. ^ "Cereal Master (Bravest Warriors - Ep. 9 Season 1 on Cartoon Hangover)". YouTube. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  10. ^ "Ralph Waldo Pickle Chips Returns in "Hamster Priest" - (Bravest Warriors Season 2 Ep. 4)". YouTube. 2013-12-05. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  11. ^ Aoki, Deb (July 31, 2014). "Manga Buzz is Strong at Comic-Con 2014". Publisher's Weekly. 
  12. ^ "Next Time on Bravest Warriors - Gas Powered Stick on Cartoon Hangover". YouTube. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  13. ^ "Lavarinth (Bravest Warriors - Ep. 6 Season 1 on Cartoon Hangover)". YouTube. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  14. ^ "Ultra Wankershim (Bravest Warriors - Ep. 10 Season 1 on Cartoon Hangover)". YouTube. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  15. ^ "Emotion Lords Seek Revenge in "The Parasox Pub" - (Bravest Warriors Season 2 Ep. 10)". YouTube. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  16. ^ "Emotion Lord (Bravest Warriors - Ep. 2 Season 1 On Cartoon Hangover) - YouTube". YouTube. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  17. ^ a b "Plum & Chris Switch Bodies in "Merewif Tag" - (Bravest Warriors Season 2 Ep. 8)". YouTube. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  18. ^ "Lavarinth (Bravest Warriors - Ep. 6 Season 1 on Cartoon Hangover)". YouTube. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  19. ^ "Gas Powered Stick (Bravest Warriors - Ep. 7 Season 1 on Cartoon Hangover)". YouTube. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  20. ^ "Bravest Warriors — Well hello, there! Welcome to our tumblr. We’ve". Bravestwarriors.cartoonhangover.com. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  21. ^ "Bravest Warriors — You asked for it and we’re giving it to you". Bravestwarriors.cartoonhangover.com. 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  22. ^ "Bravest Warriors Season 2 Release Date on Cartoon Hangover". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  23. ^ Hinkle, David (2013-10-31). "Misadventures of Link, Pikmin and Bravest Warriors coming to Nintendo Video". Joystiq. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  24. ^ "KaBoom! Announces "Bravest Warriors," Pendleton Ward Signing At Comic-Con". Comic Book Resources. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  25. ^ "Preview: Bravest Warriors #1". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  26. ^ "Viz Media Expands Children's Publishing with Perfect Square Imprint". Anime News Network. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 

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