|Created by||Brent Donnelly and Derry Smith|
|Written by||Derry Smith
|Directed by||Jon Minnis|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Original release||September 2, 2002 – December 12, 2002|
Daft Planet is a Canadian cartoon, first airing on Teletoon Canada. The first episode ran on September 2, 2002 and the show continued to run for almost two years even though only 13 episodes were produced. Its main claim to fame is that it was the first cartoon in the world that was animated entirely in Flash and appeared on a national television network. The show met with some success but was taken off the air when funding ran out due to cuts to the CTF program. The show was born from a 10-minute pilot written and animated by Brent Donnelly and Derry Smith and produced by Valis Video (Toronto). The pilot can be viewed on YouTube along with some aired episodes of Daft Planet.
The famous "Lost Episodes" (4 episodes written but never produced) continue to generate buzz almost 10 years later as they are said to definitively the answer the question "What is the Meaning of Life?"
The plot, set in the fictional Maple City, encircles the day-to-day lives of the protagonists, Ched and Hudson, in their on-going struggle to keep up with the latest trends and maintain their positions in the social hierarchy in high school. With Ched living from a trailer park, as the son of a taxidermist and Hudson as the son of a wealthy network executive, a parallel is drawn between the two characters, offering unlikely chemistry. They don't have necks, and their heads just float over their bodies, but this is never mentioned and they have no apparent difficulty breathing or eating food.
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