Major Lazer (TV series)

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Major Lazer
The words "Major Lazer" set in red type with yellow block lettering, all on a dark red background
Genre
Created by
Developed by
Creative director(s) Ben Jones
Voices of
Theme music composer Diplo
Derek "DJA" Allen
Opening theme "Major Lazer"
Composer(s) Major Lazer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (+ unaired Pilot) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Rob Anderson
  • Nick Weidenfeld
  • Hend Baghdady
Producer(s)
Editor(s) Al LeVine
Nick Gallucci
Running time 10–12 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Century Fox Television
Release
Original network FXX
Original release April 16 (2015-04-16) – June 25, 2015 (2015-06-25)

Major Lazer is an American adult animated television series based on the electronic music group of the same name, created by DJ and record producer Diplo with Ferry Gouw and Kevin Kusatsu. It premiered on April 16, 2015 as part of their Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) block. After Stone Quackers, Major Lazer is the second ADHD original series to be aired on the channel after FOX had stopped its broadcast of the block itself.

The show was renewed for a second season,[1] but was later canceled.[citation needed] On September 3, 2016, it was announced that John Boyega had left the series to focus on the new Star Wars films.

Plot[edit]

Set in the future, Major Lazer is a Jamaican superhero with a laser gun for a right hand who fights against the dystopian forces led by Jamaica's leader President Whitewall and his servant General Rubbish. Major Lazer is assisted in his fight by President Whitewall's daughter Penny Whitewall and hacker Blkmrkt.[2]

Production[edit]

Major Lazer had been in production for nearly five years before its premiere.[2] It was originally considered for Adult Swim through a pilot episode produced in 2011 by Williams Street and Titmouse, Inc.,[3][4] which was never broadcast. The musical group Major Lazer, on which the show is based, previously starred animated characters, including the character of Major Lazer. Ferry Gouw, along with John Pham, served as art director for this incarnation.[5] Other musicians such as Jay Z, and the Odd Future collective, had signed on for television shows on the network during the year; Odd Future's came out as Loiter Squad the next year.[6] Billboard announced Major Lazer would premiere on Fox in 2014. Cat Power and Riff Raff were said to have collaborated on the soundtrack for the show.[7]

In 2015, Billboard announced the show would premiere on FXX. Diplo called the long wait of the production "worth it to have such a succinct TV show for our music fans and cartoon fans alike".[2] He said that it would appeal to "any fans of hip-hop [and] electronic music or '80s cartoons, and the culture that gave birth to [Major Lazer's] musical landscape".[2] Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who voices the eponymous character, described the feeling of the show as "like being high".[2] J. K. Simmons voices President Whitewall, while Aziz Ansari, Ezra Koenig, Riff Raff, Andy Samberg, and Charli XCX make guest voice performances.[2]

Voice cast[edit]

Principal cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Pilot (2011)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
code
0"Major Lazer"Casper Kelly, Chris Prynoski, and Dave WillisCasper Kelly and Dave WillisDecember 31, 2011 (2011-12-31)[8]TBA

Series (2015)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateInternational debutProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
1"Bad Seed"Douglas Einar OlsenNick RutherfordApril 16, 2015 (2015-04-16)25 October 2016[9]
(described as episode 2)
105N/A
Major Lazer goes on vacation. After visiting the Weed Man, Penny smokes some weed she got from the Weed Man and goes on a bad trip. Major Lazer comes to Penny's rescue and fights off Mr. Mary James.
2"Escape from Rave Island"Aldin BarozaNick RutherfordApril 23, 2015 (2015-04-23)26 October 2016[10]
(described as episode 3)
102N/A
Penny persuades Major Lazer and Blkmrkt to have the rave at Ibiza where a foam incident in 2015 has rendered the island inhospitable. Once there, Major Lazer, Penny, and Blkmrkt encounter the Rave Rats (who were evolved from those who survived the foam incident) and also battle a robot working for the law.
3"Treble in Paradise"Chase ConleyNick RutherfordApril 30, 2015 (2015-04-30)27 October 2016[11]
(described as episode 4)
106N/A
Penny's teacher Dr. Nerd steals all the world's bass into a single drop (affectionately named the "Bass Drop"), ruining a gig Major Lazer is doing. After Major Lazer and Penny go after Dr. Nerd to persuade him to give back the "Bass Drop," Dr. Nerd swallows it and becomes transported into music.
4"Double Cup"Chase ConleyNick RutherfordMay 7, 2015 (2015-05-07)31 October 2016[12]
(described as episode 5)
101N/A
In order to ruin Major Lazer's upcoming Free the Universe party, President Whitewall and General Rubbish send their operative Double Cup to slip some cough syrup into the sodas that will be served. Upon overhearing her father's plan, Penny informs Major Lazer and Blkmrkt where they must work to stop Double Cup from making Major Lazer's party not happen.
5"Vampire Weekend"Douglas Einar OlsenNick RutherfordOctober 27, 2014 (2014-10-27) (sneak peek)
May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14) (official debut)
24 October 2016[13]
(described as episode 1)
103N/A
During a solar eclipse, "Vampire Weekend" begins as a group of Vampires arrive on vacation. Penny Whitewall falls in love with a Vampire named Ryland after President Whitewall leaves Future Kingston to evade getting caught up in the event. In order to deal with the events driving him to his bunker, President Whitewall contacts General Rubbish to put an end to Vampire Weekend by enlisting the Vampire Vampires led by the Head Vampire Vampire (who happens to be Ryland's Dad).
6"The Legend of Spooky Dookie"Chase ConleyNick WeidenfeldMay 21, 2015 (2015-05-21)1 November 2016[14]TBAN/A
On the nights before the local prom, Spooky Dookie is stealing the hearts of girls in their dreams as a result of his heart breaking long ago when his girlfriend dumped him for a younger Major Lazer. As Major Lazer's weapon is useless in the dreamworld, Penny is the only one to take out Spooky Dookie when she is sent to stop Spooky Dookie's plot.
7"I'm Gonna Git You Suckoid"Chase Conley and Paul HarmonSean O'ConnorMay 28, 2015 (2015-05-28)2 November 2016[15]TBAN/A
Underground worm-like creatures have been attacking people at dance clubs throughout Jamaica. Upon being dubbed Suckoids, President Whitewall and General Rubbish initiate a ban on all dancing to avoid further attacks. Penny befriends a teen named Goosh who is hunting the Suckoids ever since he lost his parents to them. Major Lazer and Blkmrkt come up with a plan to lure the Suckoids into a trap so that he and Goosh can destroy them.
8"I, Killscreen"Chase ConleySean O'ConnorJune 4, 2015 (2015-06-04)[a]3 November 2016[16]TBAN/A
Penny and Blkmrkt try out a new dance video game. When Major Lazer tries the game out at the time when his laser is being repaired, he is downloaded by the evil video game lord Killscreen where he plans to eliminate him at the big video game tournament at Jamaica's largest arcade called Arcadia in order to impress General Rubbish. Now Penny must compete against Blkmrkt's former partner Thor in order to keep Major Lazer from being killed.
9"Fizzy Fever"Chase Conley and Mike DavisNick RutherfordJune 12, 2015 (2015-06-12)7 November 2016[17]TBAN/A
Blkmrkt purchases a dog named Fizzy whose bark can perform dance music and shows this off to Major Lazer. Penny later tells Major Lazer about President Whitewall's plan to get rid of the dog. President Whitewall's plan to get ride of Fizzy involves him having General Rubbish send his assassins Goldie (the Trinidadian voodoo prince with the Midas touch), Booty Monster, Snakepit, Triple-Threat, Sub-Human, Blockhead, Kamikaze, Knife Fight, and the Warriors to dispose of Fizzy. As Major Lazer fights his way past every assassin to get to the last space launch spot on Earth to send Fizzy into space, General Rubbish is unaware the Knife Fight is secretly helping Major Lazer.
10"K-Pop!!"Chase ConleySean O'ConnorJune 18, 2015 (2015-06-18)8 November 2016TBAN/A
Dr. Acid creates the synthetic humanoid K-Pop for General Rubbish where his songs are programmed to brainwash teenagers into killing Major Lazer and even has President Whitewall play a demo for Penny. When K-Pop's programming evolves to the point where he breaks the brainwashing to help Major Lazer, General Rubbish orders Dr. Acid to unleash his android Evil Lazer to attack Major Lazer.
11"Throwback Thursdays"Douglas Einar OlsenChris GoodwinJune 25, 2015 (2015-06-25)9 November 2016TBAN/A
On Throwback Thursday, zombies suddenly manifest on Jamaica. Major Lazer is informed by Penny and Blkmrkt that the rip in the space-time continuum is caused by Lady Vanessa Rothschild having taken President Whitewall back in time. After getting President Whitewall back in time, Major Lazer pursues Lady Vanessa Rothschild in order to keep her from rewriting history where she is the mother of humanity and fix the space-time continuum before it gets worse.

Broadcast and reception[edit]

The show premiered on April 16, 2015.[2] The Major Lazer group's third album was expected to be released near the same date, but was moved to June 1.[18] A special preview of the show was broadcast on October 27, 2014, on FXX.[19] Erik Adams of The A.V. Club graded the series with an B, praising its visuals reminiscent of the "chunky outlines, washed-out colors, and fantastical content of '80s Saturday-morning fare" while calling the writing solid yet familiar.[20]

In 2016, Teletoon at Night began to broadcast the show at 11:15pm EST in Canada.

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ This episode aired on Hulu on May 29, 2015 before its TV date and was wrongly listed as "I'm Gonna Git You Suckoid." This error has since been corrected.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2015-05-19). "Diplo on How 'Major Lazer' Took Over Late Night-Animation". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Weiner, Natalie (March 31, 2015). "Major Lazer's FXX Animated Series Is 'Like Being High'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on April 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Diplo Reveals That a Major Lazer Cartoon Will Debut on FOX in 2015". Your EDM. 2014-08-24. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  4. ^ "Chris Prynoski". Animation Insider. 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  5. ^ Breihan, Tom (April 11, 2011). "Major Lazer Get Their Own Adult Swim Show". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on June 8, 2012.
  6. ^ Young, Alex (May 19, 2011). "Jay Z, Odd Future Developing Shows for Adult Swim". Consequence of Sound. Townsquare Music. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011.
  7. ^ Ringen, Jonathan (August 22, 2014). "Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration, and 8-Figure Lifestyle". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on August 22, 2014.
  8. ^ "Major Lazer (TV Movie 2011)". IMDb. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "teletoon.com". 3 November 2016.
  10. ^ "teletoon.com". 3 November 2016.
  11. ^ "teletoon.com". 3 November 2016.
  12. ^ "teletoon.com". 3 November 2016.
  13. ^ "teletoon.com". 3 November 2016.
  14. ^ "teletoon.com". 3 November 2016.
  15. ^ "teletoon.com". 3 November 2016.
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20161103025119/https://www.teletoon.com/tv_schedule/nojs/20161103/eastern
  17. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20161103030514/http://www.teletoonatnight.com/schedule/
  18. ^ Geslani, Michelle (March 2, 2015). "Major Lazer Premieres New Song 'Lean On' Featuring DJ Snake and MØ". Consequence of Sound. Townsquare Music. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015.
  19. ^ Codd, Nathan (October 23, 2014). "Major Lazer Shares Sneak Peek of Fox Cartoon". LessThan3. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015.
  20. ^ Adams, Erik (April 16, 2015). "A Major Lazer Cartoon Sounds Good, Looks Better". The A.V. Club. The Onion, Inc. Archived from the original on June 8, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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