True and the Rainbow Kingdom

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True and the Rainbow Kingdom
True and the Rainbow Kingdom logo.png
Genre
Created by
Based onArtworks by FriendsWithYou (Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III)
Developed by
  • Mary Bredin
  • Frank Falcone
Directed by
  • Harold Harris
  • Jamie Whitney
Creative director(s)
  • Brandon James Scott (design)
  • Yurie Rocha (production)
Voices of
  • Michela Luci
  • Jamie Watson
  • Eric Peterson
  • Anna Bartlam
  • Dante Zee
  • Nicolas Aqui
Music by
  • Lorenzo Castelli
  • Joe Coupal
  • For Eggplant
  • Steve D'Angelo
  • Terry Tompkins
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2 (+ 2 standalone series)
No. of episodes19 (+ 10 additional episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jiro C. Okada
  • Supervising Producers
  • Christina Rotsaert
  • Nora Keely
Editor(s)
  • Tom Berger
  • Kelly Carlson
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Original releaseNovember 4 2016 –
present
External links
True and the Rainbow Kingdom
Guru Studio

True and the Rainbow Kingdom is an American/Canadian animated web series for children, produced for Netflix by Guru Studio, in collaboration with Home Plate Entertainment, American artist duo FriendsWithYou, and Pharrell Williams' I Am Other. It is based on the artwork by FriendsWithYou.[1][2][3]

The 10-episode first season of the series premiered on Netflix on August 11, 2017.[4] Two five-episode spin-off series, Season 2 True: Magical Friends and True: Wonderful Wishes, debuted on June 15, 2018.[5] A 4-episode second season of the series, called Mushroom Town, was released on Netflix on May 3, 2019.[6] True Tunes was released on July 12 on Netflix. It consists of 8 new songs.

Plot[edit]

True and the Rainbow Kingdom follows True and her best friend Bartleby the Cat, as they help the whimsical citizens of the Rainbow Kingdom, a wondrous, colorful universe filled with delightful and fantastical citizens. True is the only one with the ability to activate the magical powers of The Wishes of the Wishing Tree, solve problems in the Rainbow Kingdom, and empower viewers with her imagination, mindfulness, and empathy.

Development and production[edit]

The series was originally announced in March 2013. Titled Wish Come True at that time after the eponymous designer toys by FriendsWithYou, it was planned to have 10 half-hour episodes in a season, as produced by Guru Studio, Home Plate Entertainment and TV Ontario.[7]

In June 2015, Netflix has announced 5 new titles for their line-up of preschool series. Among them was True and the Rainbow Kingdom, and this time, it was announced to have ten 22-24-minute episodes in a season, and slated to be released in 2017. In the announcement, Pharrell Williams' I Am Other was also included in the list of companies.[1][2][3]

Characters[edit]

  • True (voiced by Michela Luci): A strong heroine. True possesses a warm heart, a clever mind and boundless energy. She accepts every challenge head on with a beaming smile. What makes True “truly” extraordinary is that she is the only one in the Rainbow Kingdom who can activate the Wishes’ special powers that unleash magical energy.
  • Bartleby (voiced by Jamie Watson): True's funny cat sidekick, Bartleby has a lot of bravado and the gift of gab. Only True, his bestie, knows he is actually a bit of a scaredy-cat. He is one opinionated kitty and provides a lot of commentary, which helps trigger True's creative problem solving skills.
  • Rainbow King (voiced by Eric Peterson): The lovable ruler of the Rainbow Kingdom, he is a kind, sympathetic and humble king. Though he possesses a wealth of knowledge, he shares his wisdom in riddles adding fun complexity to True's adventures. He will do anything to help True on her journey but he knows that “true” success is achieved when True solves problems all on her own.
  • Zee (voiced by Dante Zee (season 1–2), later voiced by Nicolas Aqui (season 3-present)): Zee is True's buddy, an apprentice to the Rainbow King, and the wish keeper. One or two years older than True, Zee is a trained “Wishologist”, which means he takes care of the Wishes and he knows all about their strengths and powers. Once a problem arises in the kingdom, True seeks out Zee's advice and wish help in the Wishing Tree.
  • Grizelda (voiced by Anna Bartlam): Grizelda is a self-centered young princess. Deep down she realizes she needs a friend like True. Although True tries to reach out to the Princess, Grizelda's self-absorbed ways can make that challenging. However, love in Rainbow Kingdom is unconditional, so True never stops trying. Grizelda is just someone who's a little selfish which only means she needs a little more love!
  • Frookie: A dog and Grizelda's sidekick. Looks out for the difficult princess because he knows the inner Grizelda is not so bad.
  • The Wishes: Non-verbal but highly expressive, the wishes communicate with goofy gestures and sweet sounds. Each one has a unique, big personality that compliments or contrasts their power. The Wishes share a special bond with True but until they are called to action, they stay busy training with Zee. Each Wish is imbued with a special power that only True can “Spark”.

Other characters[edit]

  • Yeti
  • Rainbow citizens
  • Grizmos – Grizelda's sidekicks who act as her servants
  • Cumulo – a cumulus cloud whom True and Bartleby ride on to get around the Rainbow Kingdom
  • Glummy Glooma
  • Little Helpers
  • Mila
  • Bingo Bango – a disc jockey who lives in Rainbow City.
  • The Wishing Tree – a tree where Zee studies the Wishes that live there and where True goes when she and Bartleby go to ask Zee for help to solve a problem with the help of wishes
  • Shadow and Silverclaw

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

The first season of the series, entitled True and the Rainbow Kingdom, was released on the Netflix streaming platform on August 11, 2017.[4]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byNeflix release dateCBC Television airdate
11"Super Duper Dance Party"John SlamaAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)March 24, 2018
22"Frookie Sitting"Doug SinclairAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)March 31, 2018
33"Zappy Cling!"John SlamaAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)April 7, 2018
44"Zip Zap Zooooom!"Tom K. MasonAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)April 14, 2018
55"A Royal Stink"Doug SinclairAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)April 21, 2018
66"Great Grizmos"MCM & Craig YoungAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)April 28, 2018
77"Little Helpers"Carolyn HayAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)May 22, 2018
88"Wishing Heart Hollow"Dave DiasAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)May 5, 2018
99"The Kittynati"Diana MooreAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)May 12, 2018
1010"A Berry Big Mystery"Diana MooreAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)May 26, 2018

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

The second season of True and the Rainbow Kingdom, entitled True: Magical Friends and True: Wonderful Wishes, was released as a standalone series on Netflix on June 18, 2018.[5]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byNeflix release dateCBC Television airdate
True: Magical Friends
111"Princess Grizbot"Doug SinclairJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)June 2, 2018
122"Hino Tari Hullabaloo"Tom K. MasonJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)June 9, 2018
133"Queens of the Day and Night"Amy BenhamJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)June 16, 2018
144"True Switcharoo"Doug SinclairJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)June 23, 2018
155"Fee Fi Fo Frookie"MCM & Craig YoungJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)June 30, 2018
True: Wonderful Wishes
166"The Living Sea"John SlamaJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)July 7, 2018
177"Cosmic Sneeze"MCM & Craig YoungJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)July 14, 2018
188"Woo-Woo Sky Blubbs"MCM & Craig YoungJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)July 21, 2018
199"Wish Gone Wild"Tom K. MasonJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)July 28, 2018
2010"Big Mossy Mess"Jamie WhitneyJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)August 4, 2018

Season 3 (2019)[edit]

The third season of True and the Rainbow Kingdom, entitled Mushroom Town and Wild Wild Yetis, was released on Netflix on May 3 and August 30, 2019.[6]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal release date
Mushroom Town
211"Where's Cumulo?"Heather JacksonMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
222"A Snoozy Sleepover"John SlamaMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
233"True's Birthday Party"Tom BergerMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
244"The Big Green Bounce"Tom BergerMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
Wild Wild Yetis
255"Itty Bitty Yeti"Steve WestrenAugust 30, 2019 (2019-08-30)
266"Yeti Sitting"Ashley LanniganAugust 30, 2019 (2019-08-30)
277"Mount Huffinpuff"John SlamaAugust 30, 2019 (2019-08-30)
288"Scratch and Share"Emer ConnonAugust 30, 2019 (2019-08-30)
299"The Ni Ni Tree"Tom BergerAugust 30, 2019 (2019-08-30)

True Tunes[edit]

It has been released on July 12, 2019.[8]. It includes 8 original songs which re-imagine classic kids' songs.

Release[edit]

A sneak peek screening of the series was held on August 10, 2017 at a Pacific Theatres venue at The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Among the attendees and guests were Frank Falcone, Bill Schultz, Pharrell Williams, the FriendsWithYou duo, Kelly Rowland, Christina Milian, and Tyga.[9][10] The series was premiered on Netflix on August 11, 2017.[4]

The second season began in production in 2017, slated to premiere in 2018.[10][11] Later, Netflix announced that the second season would be released two standalone titles, True: Magical Friends and True: Wonderful Wishes, on June 15, 2018.[5][12][13] Prior to that date, certain episodes from these series were broadcast in Canada as True and the Rainbow Kingdom episodes in English on CBC Television, and in French on Ici Radio-Canada Télé (the channels which aired season 1 episode on linear television; discussed below).

On September 28, 2017, another season of the series, which was scheduled to debut in 2019, was announced.[10][14] The season, entitled Mushroom Town, was released on Netflix on May 3, 2019.[6]

On May 18, 2018, Netflix launched Dance and Sing with True, a collection of music videos for remixes of songs from the show. On October 2, 2018, Netflix announced they will release specials and shorts.[15] Shortly after, they confirmed another season.[16]

Linear television[edit]

In Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) took the Canadian broadcasting rights. The French language version of the series premiered on February 4, 2018 on the Zone des petits programming block on Ici Radio-Canada Télé, CBC's French language television network; premiering on the CBC Kids block on CBC Television on March 24, 2018.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2019 Kidscreen Awards Best New Series[citation needed] Nominated
Best Animated Series[citation needed] Nominated
YMA Awards Best Program, Animation – Preschool[citation needed][18] Won

Merchandises and other media[edit]

As announced in February 2017, Guru Studio has appointed Brand Central in Los Angeles as the licensing agent of True and the Rainbow Kingdom.[19] In August 2017, it was announced that Toy State has become the master toy licensee of the property, with first products to be released in fall 2018.[11] In May 2018 announcement, more licensees, as brokered by Brand Central, were added. One of the newly named license holders was Chouette, which was given master publishing rights. The announcement stated that the products would be launched in fall 2018 in the United States and Canada, and in 2019 the rest of the world.[20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Petski, Denise (June 30, 2015). "Netflix Adds Three New Animated Series For Preschoolers". Deadline Hollywood.
  2. ^ a b "Netflix Shores Up Its Original Preschool Slate With 3 New Shows". Cartoonbrew.com. July 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Netflix Originals buys a preschool three-pack". Kidscreen. July 2, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Netflix in August: What's new and expiring". USA Today. July 24, 2017. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  5. ^ a b c "Watch: 'True and the Rainbow Kingdom' Season 2 First-Look Trailers!". Animation Magazine. June 7, 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-12. The second season will be presented as two standalone titles: True: Magical Friends and True: Wonderful Wishes, each with five all-new episodes.
  6. ^ a b c "Netflix's New Releases Coming in May 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. May 1, 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  7. ^ "TVO develops Wish Come True with Guru Studio and Home Plate Entertainment". Kidscreen. March 20, 2013.
  8. ^ https://www.animationmagazine.net/streaming/first-look-return-to-netflixs-rainbow-kingdom-in-true-tunes/
  9. ^ "Photos: Guru Studio, FriendsWithYou, and Home Plate Entertainment Celebrated the Los Angeles Sneak Peak Screening Of "True and the Rainbow Kingdom"". LA Confidential Magazine.
  10. ^ a b c "Netflix re-ups True and the Rainbow Kingdom". Kidscreen. September 28, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Guru names Toy State Master Toy Partner for Netflix Series 'True and the Rainbow Kingdom'". Animation World Network. August 23, 2017.
  12. ^ Walsh, Megan. "The Entire Family Can Enjoy These Movies & Shows Coming To Netflix In June". Romper.com.
  13. ^ "True and the Rainbow Kingdom Season 2 drops on Netflix this week". Hiddenremote.com. June 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "Guru Secures 3rd Season of 'True and the Rainbow Kingdom'". Animation World Network. September 28, 2017.
  15. ^ "Netflix goes over the rainbow for more True". Kidscreen. October 2, 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  16. ^ "Guru's 'True and the Rainbow Kingdom' S4 Wish Comes True on Netflix". Animation Magazine. October 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "CBC flies with True and the Rainbow Kingdom". Kidscreen. February 7, 2018.
  18. ^ https://www.animationmagazine.net/top-stories/2019-yma-awards-of-excellence-winners-announced/
  19. ^ "Guru's Netflix toon lands licensing agent". Kidscreen. February 1, 2017.
  20. ^ "Collectibles rule True and the Rainbow Kingdom's first range". Kidscreen. May 18, 2018.
  21. ^ "Guru's 'True and the Rainbow Kingdom' Lights Up Licensing Program". Animation Magazine. May 21, 2018.

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