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Mighty Magiswords

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Mighty Magiswords
GenreAdventure
Comedy
Fantasy
Created byKyle A. Carrozza
Directed by
  • Nick Bertonazzi, Jr. (animation)
  • Ken Mitchroney (supervising)
Voices of
Kyle Carrozza
Grey Griffin
Theme music composerKyle Carrozza
Andy Paley
Opening theme"Mighty Magiswords", performed by Dan Avidan and Kyle Carrozza
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes92[1] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerBrent Tanner
EditorTom Browngardt
Running time11 minutes (TV series)
3–5 minutes (Shorts)
Production companyCartoon Network Studios
Original release
NetworkCartoon Network
ReleaseMay 6, 2015 (2015-05-06) –
May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)

Mighty Magiswords is an American animated television series created by Kyle A. Carrozza for Cartoon Network Video as the network's first online original series. The web shorts officially premiered online on May 6, 2015, along with interactive games on the app Cartoon Network Anything.

On June 13, 2016, it was confirmed that Mighty Magiswords had been picked up as a full-length television series, which premiered on Cartoon Network on September 29, 2016.[2] A sneak peek of the episode "Mushroom Menace" aired on September 5, 2016, prior to the official premiere date. On February 9, 2017, Mighty Magiswords was renewed for a second season, which premiered on April 30, 2018 along with the release of a new mobile game, Surely You Quest, in addition to the previous mobile game, MagiMobile.[3]

The series ended on May 17, 2019, with the remaining episodes, which had been released on the Cartoon Network Video app around a year earlier, premiering simultaneously on Cartoon Network and Boomerang for two weeks.[4][5][6] The series was available on HBO Max until August 2022, when it was removed.[7]

Premise

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The series follows Prohyas Robert Warrior and Vambre Marie Warrior, siblings and "Warriors for Hire" who go on adventures and quests around the world in search of magical swords called Magiswords.[8]

Magiswords

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Magiswords are swords that have a specific magical ability based on their design. There are many Magiswords scattered throughout the land, which Vambre and Prohyas search for while using Magiswords they have previously obtained. Some Magiswords can be bought at the Mount Ma'all at Ralpho's House of Swords, while others can be found in certain areas of the Rhyboflaven Kingdom. Sometimes, the full potential of the Magiswords must be unlocked through Prohyas and Vambre's combined efforts. Some Magiswords are living beings, such as the Zombie Pumpkin Magisword, the Dolphin Magisword, and the Carnivorous Plant Magisword.

Cast

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  • Kyle A. Carrozza - Prohyas, Announcer, Old Man Oldman, Zombie Pumpkin Magisword, Grup the Dragon, Nohyas, Robopiggeh, Goomer, Frankylo, The Underground Hand Beast, Attacktus, Prug, Monkey Chunks, Biblia Tick
  • Grey Griffin - Vambre, Princess Zange, The Mysterious Hooded Woman, Füd
  • Eric Bauza - Hoppus, Phil, King Rexxtopher

Episodes

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SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotAugust 15, 2016 (2016-08-15)
152September 29, 2016 (2016-09-29)April 29, 2018 (2018-04-29)
240April 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)[9]

Background and production

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Mighty Magiswords was created by Kyle Carrozza, an animator, voice actor, musician, and storyboard artist who, at the time, wrote songs for The FuMP and was previously creator, storyboard artist and voice actor for his short MooBeard: The Cow Pirate, which aired as part of the Nicktoons Network series Random! Cartoons. Produced in Flash animation, Mighty Magiswords was the first original cartoon on Cartoon Network made specifically for online since Web Premiere Toons.[8] The series' characters were created by Carrozza in 1996,[10][better source needed] with the series being pitched to Cartoon Network in 2005–2006 as "Legendary Warriors for Hire" and to Mondo Media[11] in 2007–2008 as "Dungeons and Dayjobs",[12] before being picked up by Cartoon Network in 2013. Most of the series was animated in-house at Cartoon Network Studios, who also did animation revisions, interstitials, and additional content.[13][better source needed] The original shorts were animated by their newly established Flash unit, while overseas mid-production was done at Malaysian animation studio Inspidea. Production for the series wrapped in 2018, with the remaining episodes being released simultaneously from May 6 to May 17, 2019.[citation needed]

Broadcast

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The Mighty Magiswords short-form series premiered on Cartoon Network in Australia and New Zealand on January 16, 2016. Cartoon Network Australia aired a sneak peek premiere of the full-length series on December 10, 2016.[14] Mighty Magiswords premiered as a full series in Australia on January 16, 2017.[15]

Mighty Magiswords premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on September 29, 2016 and aired re-runs on its sister channel Boomerang from May 29, 2018 to June 8, 2018, then returned to the network's schedule on April 29, 2019.[16] Mighty Magiswords fully premiered on Cartoon Network UK on April 8, 2017 and aired on CITV on April 6, 2018.[17][18][19]

On Cartoon Network Africa, the shorts premiered in January 2017, and the show fully premiered in March 2017.[20] The series also premiered in India on May 6, 2017.[21]

Reception

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The series has received mixed reviews, with its main criticism being its fast pacing. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media wrote, "...Short on substance or value. Kids may not learn much from watching, but they'll undoubtedly enjoy the characters' antics and the laughable mayhem that ensues when each new magisword gets put to use."[22]

Controversy

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On July 13, 2024, Kyle Carrozza was arrested on child pornography charges.[23] In July 2024, prominent Mighty Magiswords storyboard artist Luke Sienkowski, also known as Luke Ski, stated that he would "no longer be working with Carrozza," with the animation podcast he shared with Carrozza being taken down.[24] The Funny Music Project (FuMP), which previously published songs Carrozza recorded, also stated that they would cut ties with him.[25]

References

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  1. ^ "How Cartoon Network's newest TV show was built on digital". Digiday. 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  2. ^ Holloway, Daniel (2016-06-13). "Cartoon Network Orders 'Mighty Magiswords' Series (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  3. ^ "Cartoon Network's 'Mighty Magiswords' Renewed for Season Two". The Hollywood Reporter. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  4. ^ Ski, Luke. "TOMORROW, Monday, May 6th,..." TV's Kyle Tumbles for You. Archived from the original on 2019-05-17. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  5. ^ Ski, Luke. ""Mighty Magiswords": Season Two's 2nd Half Starts on "Cartoon Network" and "Boomerang" on Monday, May 6th!". us7.campaign-archive.com. Archived from the original on 2019-05-17. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  6. ^ Foster, Elizabeth (2017-01-30). "Turner shows head to Fetch TV in Oz". Kidscreen. Archived from the original on 2020-11-05. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  7. ^ Lang, Jamie (2022-08-18). "Without Warning, HBO Max To Slash Dozens Of Animated Series From Its Service". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2024-07-16.
  8. ^ a b The Deadline Team (19 February 2015). "Cartoon Network Unveils Upfront Slate For 2015–2016". Deadline.
  9. ^ Kyle A. Carrozza [@TVsKyle] (May 17, 2019). "Today, the very last episode of Mighty Magiswords "Let's Team Up Because We Aren't Bad Friends" airs on Cartoon Net…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Legendary Warriors for Hire". Kyle Carrozza. 2005-11-06. Archived from the original on 2015-10-27 – via deviantart.com. I created these guys back in 1996, but haven't drawn them much until now...
  11. ^ "TokuNet Podcast – Kyle Carrozza Interview". The Tokusatsu Network. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  12. ^ "Dungeons and Dayjobs by =TVsKyle on deviantART". 2013-04-29. Archived from the original on 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2017-04-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  13. ^ "Hi!! I absolutely love all your art, its so expressive and fluid, it reminds me of old timey cartoons while having its own style and charm, so great!! Anyways, I hope this isn't rude to ask, but I was wondering, is the use of vector animation in mighty magiswords due to budget reasons or just your preference? If you could would you choose to do drawn frame by frame animation?". Tv's Kyle Tumbles for You.
  14. ^ "Cartoon Network Australia And Boomerang Australia December 2016 Highlights". RegularCapital: Cartoon Network International News. Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific/Poem Group PR. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Cartoon Network Australia And Boomerang Australia January 2017 Highlights". RegularCapital: Cartoon Network International News. Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific. 12 November 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Cartoon Network PR Highlights January 2016". Eckfactor (Press release). Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "Mighty Magiswords to Air on UK Free-To-Air Childrens' [sic] Channel CITV - RegularCapital". Archived from the original on 2018-04-02. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  18. ^ "Cartoon Network UK Mighty Magiswords Premieres Saturday 8th April". RegularCapital: Cartoon Network International News. Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Press Release). Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Cartoon Network UK April 2017 Highlights". RegularCapital: Cartoon Network International News. Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Press Release). Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Cartoon Network Africa and Boomerang Africa – January 2017 Highlights". RegularCapital. November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  21. ^ "Mighty Magiswords". Cartoonnetworkindia.com.
  22. ^ Ashby, Emily. "Mighty Magiswords". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  23. ^ Moorman, Taijuan (July 15, 2024). "Cartoon Network 'Mighty Magiswords' creator Kyle Carrozza arrested on child porn charges". USA Today. Retrieved July 15, 2024.
  24. ^ Luke Ski - Storyboard Artist (July 14, 2024). "I will no longer be working with Kyle A. Carrozza. Our animation podcast has been taken down by the network that was hosting it". X. Retrieved July 15, 2024.
  25. ^ The FuMP (aka The Funny Music Project) (July 14, 2024). "To say we at The FuMP are all shocked to learn about the recent developments regarding Kyle Carrozza, aka TV's Kyle, would be an understatement. We are appalled and feel completely betrayed that someone who was such an integral part of our community could do something like this. We are still processing the information and it is going to take time to come to terms with it. For the time being, we have removed Kyle's listing from the Artists page and removed his songs from the random player at the bottom of the site. However, we are not going to delete his songs entirely. To do so would be to rewrite history and deny he was ever an important part of The FuMP. They can be accessed by paging through the Archive page or by searching for them. Our thoughts are with his family and friends and anyone who may have been victimized by his actions". X. Retrieved July 15, 2024.
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