OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes

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OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
OK KO Let's Be Heroes title.png
GenreAction
Comedy
Created byIan Jones-Quartey
Based onLakewood Plaza Turbo (2013)
Story by
  • Ian Jones-Quartey
  • Toby Jones
  • Erin Shade
  • Dave Tennant
Directed by
  • John Pham (art)
  • Toby Jones (supervising)
  • Geneva Hodgson (supervising, season 2–3)
  • Kimson Albert (animation)
Voices of
Theme music composerMint Potion Studios
Opening theme"Let’s Watch the Show"
by Mint Potion Studios[1]
Ending theme"It's Only Magic"
by Rebecca Sugar
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes112 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time
  • 1–2 minutes (shorts)
  • 11 minutes (series)
  • 22 minutes (specials)
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseAugust 1, 2017 (2017-08-01) –
September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)
Chronology
Related showsSecret Mountain Fort Awesome
Steven Universe
Uncle Grandpa
External links
Website

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes[2] is an American action-comedy animated television series created by Ian Jones-Quartey for Cartoon Network. The show is based on Jones-Quartey's pilot Lakewood Plaza Turbo, which was released as part of Cartoon Network's 2013 Summer Shorts project. It was 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, and it premiered on August 1, 2017.[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] A third season, which was announced on June 26, 2019,[7][8] premiered on July 7, 2019; the final episode aired on September 6, 2019.[9]

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)
154August 1, 2017 (2017-08-01)April 6, 2018 (2018-04-06)
238May 5, 2018 (2018-05-05)June 30, 2019 (2019-06-30)
320July 7, 2019 (2019-07-07)September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)
Shorts13February 4, 2016 (2016-02-04)August 2, 2017 (2017-08-02)

Voice 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.[17] Its multiple storyboard artists have also been seen on Twitter.[18][19][20][21][22] 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.[23] The series was premiered by Cartoon Network on August 1, 2017. The first 6 episodes were released online on June 13, 2017.

The show was traditionally animated in South Korea by Digital eMation and Sunmin Image Pictures.[24] Unlike many animated programs, which are inked on paper and then scanned for coloring, OK K.O.! was 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 Jones-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.[25]

Cancellation[edit]

On August 6, 2019, Jones-Quartey announced that Cartoon Network opted to not renew the show for another season.[7][26] The series finale aired on September 6, 2019.[9]

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.[27]

Home releases[edit]

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes home video releases
Season Episodes Release dates
United States Australia
1 2017–18 54 Volume 1: T.K.O.: July 17, 2018[28]
Episodes: "Let's Be Heroes" – "We Messed Up" • "We've Got Pests" – "We're Captured" • "T.K.O." – "We've Got Fleas" • "Glory Days" – "Parents' Day" • "Villains' Night Out" • "Villains' Night In" • "Let's Not Be Skeletons" • "Action News"
November 20, 2019

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] and a Nintendo Switch port was released on October 30, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Let's Watch the Show by OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes". Apple Music. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  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. ^ a b Kelly, Shamus (August 6, 2019). "How the Sonic the Hedgehog OK K.O.! Team-up Happened". Den of Geek. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/1159503832100904960
  9. ^ a b https://tvlistings.zap2it.com/overview.html?programSeriesId=SH02378975&tmsId=SH023789750000&from=sl&aid=gapzap
  10. ^ "Jim Cummings on Twitter". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/1154740821930811392
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/1154740843640549377
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/1154740876813332480
  17. ^ Future of StoryTelling (July 7, 2016). "Rob Sorcher – Animate Your World (FoST 2016)". Retrieved March 17, 2017 – via YouTube.
  18. ^ "gryann shanno (@Cuppatan) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  19. ^ "DDDDAAAAVVVVEEEE!!! (@scrotumnose) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  20. ^ "stevie borbolla (@stebvi) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  21. ^ https://twitter.com/bootswtheturl
  22. ^ "Parker Simmons (@parkerrsimmons) – Twitter". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  23. ^ "Battle Robots and Find Easter Eggs in OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes". Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  24. ^ "T.K.O.". OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes. Season 1. September 4, 2017. Cartoon Network.
  25. ^ "Talking Simpsons Interviews OK KO Creator Ian Jones-Quartey!". LaserTime Podcast (Podcast). October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  26. ^ Pena, Jessica (August 12, 2019). "OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: Cancelled, No Season Four for Cartoon Network Series". TV Series Finale. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  27. ^ "TV Listings - Zap2it.com". Zap2It. September 1, 2017. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  28. ^ Trumbore, Dave (May 5, 2018). "This Week in Animation: 'OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: T.K.O.' Arrives on DVD This Summer".
  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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