Clarence (2014 TV series)

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Clarence (2014 TV series)
Clarence-logo.png
Clarence logo
Genre
Format Animated series
Created by Skyler Page
Written by
  • Skyler Page
  • Patrick Harpin
Directed by
  • Martin Ansolobehere (Series' art)
  • Raymie Muzquiz (Series' supervising director)
  • Sue Mondt (Pilot's art)
  • Andrew Overtoom (Series' supervising animation director)
Creative director(s)
  • Nelson Boles (Series)
  • Phil Rynda (Pilot)
Voices of
Theme music composer Simon Panrucker
Opening theme "Clarence"
Ending theme "Good Habits", performed by Saba Lou
Composer(s)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Skyler Page
Producer(s)
  • Keith Mack (Series' producer)
  • Nate Funaro (Pilot's producer)
  • Bob Boyle and Yvette Kaplan (Series' supervising producers)
  • Peter Browngardt (Pilot's supervising producer)
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run Pilot: February 17, 2014
Official: April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) – present

Clarence is an American animated television series created by Skyler Page for Cartoon Network. Page, a former storyboard artist for Adventure Time and storyboard revisionist for Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, developed the series at Cartoon Network Studios in 2012 as part of their animated short development initiative. The series revolves around a young boy named Clarence, who is optimistic about everything. The network has commissioned twelve 15-minute episodes; in the United States, the series is rated TV-PG.[2]

Development[edit]

The series is created by Skyler Page, who is a former storyboard artist for the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time and storyboard revisionist for Secret Mountain Fort Awesome.[3] Page, inspired by the likes of David Byrne, Mark Twain, Alexander Payne and Mike White,[4] developed the series at Cartoon Network Studios in 2012 as part of their animated short development initiative.[1] The series marks the fourth graduate of the CalArts to receive a show on the network.[5]

Synopsis[edit]

The series revolves around a young boy named Clarence Boxford, who is optimistic about everything, as well as his friends, Jeff and Sumo.

Characters[edit]

The characters in the series; from left to right: Clarence, Jeff, and Sumo

Main[edit]

Clarence Wendel
Voiced by Skyler Page – Main protagonist, an optimistic child. He is the new kid at Prescott School in Prescott, AZ and in an attempt to make friends, invited all of his classmates to a sleepover. Jeff and Sumo are the only ones to show up, but he's happy with just them anyway. He loves his mother and the Pizza Poppers she makes for him. Clarence has trouble with his R's. His father is currently unknown. He is overweight.
Jeff Randall
Voiced by Sean Giambrone – Clarence's new friend at his school. He lives his own school to Lincoln Elementary. His own head is shaped as a cube. he is a big fan of game shows, and always gets the questions on them right. He tries to be very polite but doesn't seem to like to do things he doesn't normally do. He seems to be the most calm out of the group, but he's angrily stressed out to Clarence with limits. His knowledge is mostly trivial.
Ryan "Sumo" Sumowski
Voiced by Jason Marsden (Pilot), Tom Kenny (TV Series) – Clarence's best friend. He used to have messy hair but he had Clarence cut it all off. He likes to party and seems to genuinely like Clarence and his choice of activities.
Mary Wendel
Voiced by Katie Crown – Clarence's mom. She acts like a "run-of-the-mill mother" and seems to have a major social life.
Chad
Voiced by Eric Edelstein – Clarence's mom's sketchy live-in boyfriend. He has a big beard, wears his underwear in the house, and drinks milk right out of the carton. He also has been seen in arcades.
Belson Noles
Voiced by Jason Marsden (Pilot), Roger Craig Smith (TV Series) - A rich kid who is mean to Clarence, more known to throw a sarcastic quip than a punch. He secretly thinks Clarence is "cool", although he would never admit it.
Amy Gillis

Voiced by Isabella Acres - A girl who enjoys Clarence's company. She seems to do things that girls don't usually do, like have wars or fights, making her a tomboy. She often rides her bike around town. In her first appearance, she says she might be moving soon, and is uncertain if she will be living with her mom or dad, a subtle hint that her parents are divorcing and in a custody battle. she might come back and Amy might see Clarence at school.

Recurring[edit]

Ms. Baker (Bernstein in Pilot)
Voiced By Katie Crown - Clarence's teacher. She also lives in Prescott, and often can be seen exercising and jogging around town.
Dustin

Voiced by Kyle Arem - Clarence's friend at school. He seems to enjoy karate and martial arts.

Kimby

Voiced by Maddison Cray - A girl who loves ducks and plush toys. She seems to like to play with Clarence.

Broadcast and reception[edit]

During the network's 2013 upfront, the series, along with two other upcoming original series, Uncle Grandpa and Steven Universe, were announced to the public.[6] The series previewed at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, along with the latter two series.[7] The network has commissioned twelve 15-minute episodes,[1] and aired the pilot following the 2014 Hall of Game Awards show on February 17, 2014.[8]

Accolades[edit]

The series' pilot episode was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy Award at the 65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, hosted on September 15, 2013.[9]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2013 65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award Outstanding Short-format Animated Program[9] Skyler Page, Peter Browngardt, Robert Alvarez, Brian A. Miller, Jennifer Pelphrey, Curtis Lelash, and Rob Sorcher (for "Pilot") Nominated

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
Pilot 1 February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17)[8]
1 12[1] April 14, 2014
TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Andreeva, Nellie (December 12, 2012). "Cartoon Network Orders 1/4-Hour Animated Series Clarence". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Clarence". Cartoon Network Video. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System. February 10, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (December 13, 2012). "Cartoon Network Greenlights Clarence". Animation. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ OLeary, Shannon (July 24, 2013). "Cartoon Network Shows to watch out for: Steve Universe, Uncle Grandpa, and Clarence". The Beat. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ Amidi, Amid (December 15, 2012). "Cartoon Network Orders Clarence". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ Anderson, James; Swaney, Joe; D'Amato, Adrienne; Palaski, Courtenay (January 28, 2013). "Cartoon Network Gets In Front of the Upfront". Atlanta: Business Wire. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (July 22, 2013). "CN Sneak Peeks Rebecca Sugar's Steven Universe". Animation World Network. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Clarence (OAD: 02/17/2014)". Zap2it. Tribune Media Services. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Clarence". Emmys.com. Los Angeles: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. September 15, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 

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