OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
|OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes|
|Created by||Ian Jones-Quartey|
|Based on||Lakewood Plaza Turbo|
by Ian Jones-Quartey
|Theme music composer||Mint Potion Studios|
|Opening theme||"Let’s Watch the Show"|
by Mint Potion Studios
|Ending theme||"It's Only Magic"|
by Rebecca Sugar
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||112 (list of episodes)|
|Production company||Cartoon Network Studios|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||Cartoon Network|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||August 1, 2017 –|
September 6, 2019
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes is an American 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.
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. 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. A third and final season, which was announced on June 26, 2019, premiered on July 7, 2019; the final episode aired on September 6, 2019.
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.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilot||May 21, 2013|
|1||52||August 1, 2017||April 6, 2018|
|2||40||March 19, 2018||June 30, 2019|
|3||20||July 7, 2019||September 6, 2019|
|Shorts||13||February 4, 2016||August 2, 2017|
Main voice cast
- Courtenay Taylor as K.O., T.K.O., Blue Power, Whistle, Baby Shannon, Hon Dew
- Ashly Burch as Enid (series and shorts), Gladys, Ms. Mummy, Foxy, Cherry, Ball Monster, Rippy Roo, Baby Teeth, Glitter Starlight, Tumbles, Plazamo ("Dark Plaza"), Hamster, Classmate 1 & 2 ("You're a Good Friend, KO!")
- Ian Jones-Quartey as Radicles, Darrell, Crinkly Wrinkly, Cookie Man, Pird (episode 11), Frat Boy 2, Gregg, Point Trooper, Drone ("Mystery Sleepover"), URL, Gauntlet, Pickle, Nerd 2, Janner
- David Herman as Mr. Gar, Brandon, Jethro, Mad Sam, Beardo, Rat, Steamborg Robot, Young Crinkly Wrinkly, Action News Narrator, Heroic Guy, Boxgar, Dragon
- Kate Flannery as Carol, Gertie (in the pilot)
- Jim Cummings as Lord Boxman, Boxman Jr., Gar-Man, Mecha-Maw, Robbie
- Melissa Fahn as Dendy, Mikayla, Krissa, Monkey, Genesis
- Kari Wahlgren as Shannon, Chillcat, Tumbles, Mrs. Gnarlio, Vormulax, Kid, P.O.I.N.T. HQ, Barista Pup, Wavezilla, Grandma
- Robbie Daymond as Raymond, Co-Bruh, Rex, Announcer ("Beach Episode")
- Chris Niosi as Nick Army, Pird, Ernesto, Neil, Face of Fear, Male Lead, Soloist, Anxious Ricky, Wistful Pete, Drone
- Reshma Shetty as Elodie
- Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Dynamite Watkins, Miss Quantum, Snake
- Cole Sanchez as Colewort, Topher, Driver, Plaque, Point Trooper
- Melissa Villaseñor as Potato, Punching Judy, Drupe, Gertie, Ginger, Mega Football Baby, Shy Ninja, Biki, Phoebe, Punching Trudy
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. Its multiple storyboard artists have also been seen on Twitter. On March 9, 2017 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. 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. 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.
In August 2021, Ian Jones-Quartey told Insider that in hiring people for the show, he avoided relying on a trusted network of people, prioritizing finding a diverse group of people, doing many open calls, with the studio having a database with which they "sort of cold emailed people," then asking people to come in after looking at what they had done in the past.
Series creator Ian Jones-Quartey hinted at this in an interview with Den of Geek published a day before the first episode aired, saying those watching it would "be delighted" by the LGBTQ representation in the series. There were LGBTQ characters in the main cast, among supporting characters and other recurring characters. For instance, the series featured two married couples: Lord Boxman and Professor Venomous, two villains, and Joff and Nick Army, two recurring heroes. The series was noted as portraying Boxman and Venomous romantically, and ending with a same-sex wedding between Joff and Army in the series finale "Thank You for Watching the Show" on September 6, 2019. Before the episode aired, Jones-Quartey confirmed Army and Joff as a canon gay couple and Gregg, a minor character, as non-binary, while Bobo was implied to be agender. Enid, a bisexual ninja and witch, and Red Action, a lesbian, were recognized by GLAAD as a couple, and kissed in the episode "Red Action 3: Grudgement Day".
|1||2017–18||54||Volume 1: T.K.O.: July 17, 2018
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|
Currently, all of the episodes are available on the iTunes Store, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu since June, August and October 2017, May 2018, May and July 2019 and March 2020 in HD and SD formats.
On September 1, 2020, the entire series became available on HBO Max in the United States. It is currently unknown if the series will become available on the service in other regions.
A mobile game, OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo, was launched on Android and iOS 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.
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, and a Nintendo Switch port was released on October 30, 2018.
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