Korgoth of Barbaria
|Korgoth of Barbaria|
|Created by||Aaron Springer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Executive producer(s)||Aaron Springer|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Cartoon Network Studios
|Original channel||Adult Swim|
|Picture format||4:3 SDTV|
|Original airing||June 3, 2006|
Korgoth of Barbaria is a pilot episode for what was originally planned as an American animated television series created by Aaron Springer, storyboard writer and director for Dexter's Laboratory, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Samurai Jack and SpongeBob SquarePants. The pilot episode first aired in the United States on June 3, 2006 at 12:30 AM (EST) on Adult Swim. The pilot received mostly positive reviews. On June 18, 2006, Adult Swim ran a bumper announcing Korgoth of Barbaria was officially picked up as a series. Later events, including a formal petition to revive the show, would indicate that it was dropped before production began.
As of Comic Con 2006 the show was scheduled to release sometime in spring of 2007. However, as of December 29, 2007, the only mention of the show on the Adult Swim website is an intro graphic with the words "you couldn't handle more than one anyway".
Adult Swim re-aired the pilot episode on Halloween night, October 31, 2008, as part of an advertised "Halloween Stunt" night, where rarely seen programs such as the Welcome to Eltingville and Boo Boo Runs Wild were aired, rather than the usual programming line-up for a Friday evening.
In November 2010 Adult Swim ran a bumper listing shows that were not picked up and brief reasons why. Korgoth was listed with the explanation "too expensive".
Adult Swim re-aired the pilot (teased as a "surprise") on November 3, 2013, as a part of their Toonami block.
From the AdultSwim.com:
|“||In a dark future wasteland, the great cities have risen and fallen, primordial beasts have reclaimed the wilderness and thieves and savages populate sparse, dirty towns. From the frozen north emerges a warrior known as Korgoth, and his merciless savagery may be his only key to survival.||”|
The pilot episode followed the exploits of the eponymous Korgoth (voiced by actor Diedrich Bader), and parodied Conan the Barbarian, as well as the sword and sorcery subgenre in general. The show was set in a post-apocalyptic world where sorcery and the remnants of technology exist simultaneously, similar to Thundarr the Barbarian. The heavy metal/thrash metal musical theme was composed by Lee Holdridge.
|#||Title||Original air date||Production
|1||"Pilot"||June 3, 2006||101|
|Korgoth is infected with a deadly parasite by Gog-Ma-Gogg and extorted to steal an item known as "The Golden Goblin of the Fourth Age" from the wizard Specules, whom Gog believes to have recently died. He journeys with a group of Gog-Ma-Gogg's henchmen to Specules' castle, picking up a girl and killing several things along the way. The group reaches the castle, considerably smaller than when it had left, and begin to plunder it. As Korgoth searches for the Golden Goblin, Specules returns, explaining that he was on vacation. Specules uses his magic to kill or incapacitate all but Korgoth, who proves largely immune to the ridiculous creatures the wizard conjures. As a last resort, Specules uses his magic directly against Korgoth; however, he is knocked off-balance and accidentally kills Korgoth's girl. Angered, Korgoth takes a two-pronged candle stick holder and impales Specules through the eyes, only to find that the wizard has magically transferred his head onto the dead girl's body. Specules proceeds to fly out the window. Korgoth returns to Gog-Ma-Gogg with the Golden Goblin (a simple modern-age novelty item) and gets the elixir for the deadly parasite, though the elixir takes many seasons to take effect. He is last seen walking away, pulling a cart full of medicine bottles.|
On October 27, 2009 Adult Swim and distributor Warner Home Video released Adult Swim in a Box, a DVD box set of a variety of different Adult Swim shows, Korgoth of Barbaria is featured on this box set on a special DVD along with Welcome to Eltingville, the pilot episode of Perfect Hair Forever, Totally for Teens, and Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge; in June 2010, the bonus DVD, from "Adult Swim in a Box", was made available for separate purchase on Adulswimshop.com. The pilot episode is not currently available on iTunes, but can be found free on Video on YouTube.
- Bring Back Korgoth of Barbaria on petitionhosting.com
- "Adult Swim Pilots Update". Bumpworthy.com. 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
- "Korgoth of Barbaria DVD release, as part of Adult Swim in a Box, 2009".
- Adult Swim Pilots DVD overview at adultswimshop.com