King Star King
|King Star King|
|Developed by||Tommy Blacha|
|Directed by||JJ Villard|
|No. of episodes||6 (and 1 pilot) (list of episodes)|
|Original network||Adult Swim (pilot only)
Adult Swim Video
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original release||June 15
August 3, 2014
King Star King is an American animated web series created by JJ Villard and Eric Kaplan for Adult Swim. The series aired on the network's online video streaming service Adult Swim Video on June 15, 2014.
The series revolves around the titular character, King Star King (Tommy Blacha): a tall, blond muscular man. After seducing his love, Princess Snow White, he falls from his higher plane of existence to serve as a fry cook in a run-down waffle house. In order to reclaim his place in the heavens, he must battle his amnesia to defeat the evil Spring Bunny and rescue Snow White.
The pilot was announced preceding the network's 2012 upfront as part of their development slate. It was also disclosed during the upfront, and was reported again before the network's upfront the following year. It was announced as a web series for Adult Swim Video to premiere June 15, 2014; the series was advertised as "too shexxxy [sic]" for television. The network conducted an online poll whether episodes should be released daily or all at once; on June 11, the network announced it would release all six episodes of the first season simultaneously. A sweepstakes for the series was announced on June 9, promoting six chances to win original artwork by Villard.
The series is animated by Titmouse, Inc. and produced by JJ Villard's vanity card, Kurtis; Mirari Films provided animation for the pilot episode. In an interview at the 2013 Comic-Con, Villard dubbed the titular character as "He-Man on drugs". Series developer Tommy Blacha went on to describe comments with the network's Standards and Practices to "better tell [the show]." When asked about the inspiration for the series, Blacha joked that Villard pitched the series to network executive Mike Lazzo with a drawing of the protagonist, to which he approved production of the pilot. The two explained that as Villard started working on it with another producer and driving Lazzo "crazy," he abandoned the pilot; this led to Blacha joining as producer and toning it down by "two percent."
- Tommy Blacha - King Star King, Hank Waffles, Gurbles, Fat Frank, Mike Balls, KWA KWA
- Robin Atkin Downes - Narrator, Alfonso Molestro, Doctor, Chunkles, Hank's Mother, Tim Tumor, Carmine Excrementi, Pinchy Laroux, God Star God
- JJ Villard - Pooza, Customer, Surfer
- Rachel Butera - Princess Snow White (2014), Slutty Waitress, Baroness Sludgeclot, Smear, Mrs. Balls, Burger Bitch
- Mallory McGill - Princess Snow White (2013)
- Eric Kaplan - Spring Bunny, Scrod
- Will Sasso - Eddie 5 Antlers
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Release date|
|"KSK!!!"||JJ Villard||Tommy Blacha & Eric Kaplan||November 3, 2013|
|The pilot introduces King Star King, who while attempting to declare his love for Snow White, gets kicked out from the realms of god to serve as fry cook at a waffle joint.|
Season 1 (2014)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Release date||Prod.
|1||"The Sting of Alfonzo Molestro"||JJ Villard||Tommy Blacha||June 15, 2014
July 12, 2014 (TV)
|When Princess Snow White gets decapitated by the evil Alfonzo Molestro, King Star King and his crew must battle him for her body before it rots away.|
|2||"Chunkles & Smear"||JJ Villard||Tommy Blacha||June 29, 2014
August 2, 2014 (TV)
|Hank Waffles, Gurbles and Pooza are forced to babysit Chunkles and Smear at the Waffle Zone; meanwhile, King Star King and Baroness Sludgeclot go on a date.|
|3||"Fat Frank's Fantasy Lounge"||JJ Villard||James Merrill||July 13, 2014
June 15, 2014 (TV)
|King Star King and his crew run into trouble at Fat Frank's Fantasy Lounge.|
|4||"The Saga of Mike Balls"||JJ Villard||Tommy Blacha||July 20, 2014
October 4, 2014 (TV)
|King Star King must harden a cowardly alien by the name of Mike Balls in order to defeat his enemy, Tim Tumor.|
|5||"Springtime in the Gigantiverse"||JJ Villard||Tommy Blacha||July 27, 2014
November 8, 2014 (TV)
|King Star King hatches into a new and improved version of himself; meanwhile, during spring break, Hank Waffles falls in love with the Burger Bitch.|
|6||"Kwa Kwa City"||JJ Villard||Tommy Blacha||August 3, 2014
December 6, 2014 (TV)
|In order to save the world, King Star King and his crew of strange heroes must escape a strange alien city located inside the head of a petty thief that they get sucked into.|
Release and reception
The pilot was screened at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, along with a panel hosted by Villard and Blacha. In July 2013, it was released online as part of a presentation of in-development shows for the network, partnered with KFC; viewers could vote for their favorite pilot, with the winner being broadcast on August 26, 2013. The series lost to Übermansion, a Stoopid Buddy Stoodios production, although the presentation won an Internet Advertising Campaign Award in 2014 for "Best TV Integrated Ad Campaign". Nevertheless, the pilot aired on the network's Toonami block on November 3, 2013 during the daylight saving time transition; Nielsen ratings were not captured during this period.
Meredith Woerner of io9 said that the series gained their approval at its description of a "punk rock He-Man." Conversely, upon surveying the show's description, Patrick Kevin Day of the Los Angeles Times's official blog dubbed the network a "home for stupid characters".
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