OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes

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OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
OK KO! logo.svg
Created by Ian Jones-Quartey
Based on Lakewood Plaza Turbo (2013)
Written by
  • Ian Jones-Quartey
  • Toby Jones
  • Erin Shade
  • Dave Tennant
Directed by
  • John Pham (art)
  • Toby Jones (supervising)
  • Kimson Albert (animation)
Voices of
Theme music composer Mint Potion Studios
Opening theme "OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes", performed by Mint Potion Studios[1]
Ending theme "It's Only Magic", performed by Rebecca Sugar
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 70 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Ian Jones-Quartey
Toby Jones (co-executive producer)
Running time
  • 1–2 minutes (Shorts)
  • 11 minutes (TV series)
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Cartoon Network
Original release Shorts: February 4, 2016 – present
TV series: August 1, 2017 – present

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes[2] (also known simply as OK K.O.!) is an American action comedy animated series created by Ian Jones-Quartey (known for his work on Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, and Nockforce) for Cartoon Network. The show is based on his pilot short Lakewood Plaza Turbo, which was released as part of Cartoon Network's 2013 Summer Shorts project. It is produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The web series premiered on Cartoon Network's YouTube channel and on Cartoon Network Video on February 4, 2016.[3][4]

On March 9, 2017, nearly four years after the original short's premiere, Cartoon Network announced that the television series had been greenlit.[5] The opening sequence was storyboarded by Japanese artist Hiroyuki Imaishi, co-founder of Studio Trigger.

On December 4, 2017, the series was confirmed to be renewed for a second season, which premiered on May 5, 2018.[6]

Premise[edit]

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes is set in the retro-futuristic year of 201X. The series follows the titular character, K.O., and his efforts to become the world's greatest hero while working at Gar's Bodega (run by Mr. Gar), a hero supply shop in Lakewood Plaza. Alongside him are his best friends and co-workers Radicles, a narcissistic alien, and Enid, a levelheaded big sister-like ninja, as well as other heroes who work in the area.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotMay 21, 2013 (2013-05-21)
153August 1, 2017 (2017-08-01)April 6, 2018 (2018-04-06)
2TBAMay 5, 2018 (2018-05-05)TBA
SpecialTBAFall 2018TBA
ShortsTBAFebruary 4, 2016 (2016-02-04)TBA

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

To promote OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Cartoon Network's Chief Content Officer Rob Sorcher hinted many times in an interview that it would become a full series.[11] Its multiple storyboard artists have also been seen on Twitter.[12][13][14][15][16] On March 9, on PlayStation's Blog, Chris Waldron VP of Games & Digital Products for Cartoon Network announced a series in the works, along with a video game.[17] The series was premiered by Cartoon Network on August 1, 2017. The first 6 episodes were released online on June 13, 2017.

The show is animated traditionally in South Korea by Digital eMation and Sunmin Image Pictures.[18] Unlike many animated programs, which are inked on paper and then scanned for coloring, OK K.O.! is drawn in pencil. The animators pencil each frame on paper using a light table, and then color them digitally on a layer beneath the transparent line work, to retain a hand-drawn quality. For Quartey, it was important for the audience to "never forget that these are drawings." This was partially inspired by the first season of The Simpsons, which had a loose, rough quality to its animation. In addition, the show's design sense is inspired by Yoshi's Island.[19]

Broadcast[edit]

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes had its worldwide television premiere in the US on Cartoon Network on August 1, 2017, and aired on sister network Boomerang from August 7 to September 1, 2017.[20] In Canada, it premiered on August 1 on Cartoon Network and on September 4 on Teletoon.[21][22] In Africa, the shorts were released on September 11 and the full series premiered on November 18, 2017.[23][24] It premiered in the UK and Ireland on October 9, 2017.[25] It premiered in Australia and New Zealand and the Philippines on January 6, 2018 and in Southeast Asia on January 20, 2018.[26][27]

DVD releases[edit]

Region 1
DVD title Season(s) Aspect ratio Episode count Total running time Release date(s)
T.K.O[28] 1 16:9 19 220 minutes July 17, 2018

Video game[edit]

A mobile game, OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo, was launched on Android[29] and iOS[30] on February 4, 2016 as a free game for those platforms. It is a beat 'em up developed by Double Stallion Games and published by Cartoon Network Games. The game's original score was composed by Mathieu Lavoie and FX Dupas at Vibe Avenue in Montreal, Canada.[31]

Capybara Games developed a video game based on the show for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows. Entitled OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes, it was released on January 23, 2018.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OK K.O.! — ANIMATIC: OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Main Title (See..." OK K.O.!. Retrieved March 26, 2018. 
  2. ^ http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/ok-ko/lakewood-plaza-turbo-episode.html?atclk_vn=nav_OK-KO-Lakewood-Plaza-Turbo
  3. ^ Cartoon Network (February 4, 2016). "KO – Lakewood Plaza Turbo – Minisode – Cartoon Network". Retrieved March 17, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  4. ^ "Cartoon Network's Christina Miller Unveils New Digital Strategy, Wants You To Hack It". February 4, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Cartoon Network Studios Greenlights OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Animated Series – RegularCapital Website". March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "'OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes' Set For Season 2 With New Console Video Game". Deadline. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Jim Cummings on Twitter". Retrieved March 26, 2018. 
  8. ^ Chris Niosi [@Kirbopher] (March 9, 2017). "So…remember that CN show I've been teasing y'all that I've been involved with? ;) #OKKO" (Tweet). Retrieved March 17, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  9. ^ Lara Jill Miller [@LaraJillMiller] (March 10, 2017). "Excited to be a small villainous part of such an amazing show! #CartoonNetwork" (Tweet). Retrieved March 17, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  10. ^ ian jq [@ianjq] (September 27, 2017). "THIS FRIDAY at 6:30! New episode guest-starring @MSinter! (btw, If you read my old comics, maybe dont miss this one…" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  11. ^ Future of StoryTelling (July 7, 2016). "Rob Sorcher – Animate Your World (FoST 2016)". Retrieved March 17, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  12. ^ "gryann shanno (@Cuppatan) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  13. ^ "DDDDAAAAVVVVEEEE!!! (@scrotumnose) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  14. ^ "stevie borbolla (@stebvi) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/bootswtheturl
  16. ^ "Parker Simmons (@parkerrsimmons) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Battle Robots and Find Easter Eggs in OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes". Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  18. ^ "T.K.O.". OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes. Season 1. September 4, 2017. Cartoon Network. 
  19. ^ "Talking Simpsons Interviews OK KO Creator Ian Jones-Quartey!". LaserTime Podcast (Podcast). October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCSGrid.do?sgt=list&fromTimeInMillis=1502089200000&stnNum=21883&aid=zap2it
  21. ^ DangerousVHSPromos (August 21, 2017). "Cartoon Network Canada Promo – OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes (August 1 premiere)". YouTube. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  22. ^ Ryan Vo (August 15, 2017). "Teletoon: OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Promo (2017)". YouTube. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Cartoon Network launches new app for OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes". Media Update. July 28, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  24. ^ Prosper Dube (October 6, 2017). "Cartoon Network Africa November 2017 Highlights". Entertainment Inside Us. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Cartoon Network UK New Show OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Premieres Monday 9th October". Regular Capital. September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Cartoon Network January Highlights" (PDF). Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific (Press release). Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  27. ^ Cartoon Network Asia. "Cartoon Network Asia January 2018 Highlights". Facebook. Retrieved December 31, 2017. 
  28. ^ http://collider.com/ok-ko-lets-be-heroes-season-1-dvd-release-date/
  29. ^ "OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo – Android Apps on Google Play". Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  30. ^ "OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo on the App Store". Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  31. ^ "VIBE | OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo". vibeavenue.com. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 

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