OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes Premieres Tonight On Cartoon Network USA
Tonight (01/08/2017) at 6.15pm ET/PT and immediately after the first episode of the Teen Titans Go!: The Night Begins To Shine miniseries, Cartoon Network USA (and also Cartoon Network Canada at 7.30pm ET/PT) will premiere their latest original animated show – OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes and a whole one hour block of new episodes will air tonight. The latest action-comedy cartoon from Cartoon Network Studios is about an optimistic kid named K.O. who dreams of becoming the world’s greatest hero in a video-game like world full of good guys and villains. The show is set in a retail park called Lakewood Plaza, where K.O. works at Gar’s Bodega, a store that specialises in hero supplies with his two friends Rad and Enid, all three work together to protect the plaza from robots and their most feared competitor – Lord Boxman and his Boxmore superstore. K.O.’s mom – Carol is a martial arts expert and runs a dojo fitness centre at the plaza.
The show’s setting was inspired by Ian Jones-Quartey’s childhood home of Oakland Mills, Maryland, USA. As a kid, Ian used to practice drawing by pausing Looney Tunes videos and drawing each character, from a young age he shown an interested in animation. After graduating from High School, Ian studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he met future Steven Universe show creator – Rebecca Sugar. Ian went on to work on Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros, Secret Mountain Fort Awesome at Cartoon Network Studios, Bravest Warriors at Frederator, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and his most senior role before working on OK K.O.! – supervising director and co-developer of Steven Universe. Cartoon Network’s chief creative officer – Rob Sorcher was impressed by Ian’s work and he was given a chance to create his animated pilot – Lakewood Plaza Turbo (released in 2013) which became the basis of what we know as OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes today. Ian also voices Radicles (better known as his nickname – Rad) in the show.
Ian Jones-Quartey, the show’s creator summed up the show in his own words:
“I would describe it as, it’s about three best friends who work together, and they’re superheroes, and everybody on Earth is a superhero, and they fight robots, and they punch robots, and the robots explode. If any of that sounds good to you, then I think you’ll be down for the show.”
Steven Universe Cookie Cat Ice Cream In Los Angeles
Cartoon Network and high-quality ice cream manufacturer – Coolhaus have partnered to produce a limited edition of Steven Universe’s favourite ice cream snack – Cookie Cat. Yesterday (02/06/2017), a Coolhaus ice cream truck stocked with the ice cream treat travelled to Santa Monica (near Los Angeles) on the same day the Steven Universe: Volume 1: Soundtrack was released.
Cartoon Network Cartoonsitute Animated Shorts Airing On Fridays In June On Cartoon Network Latin America
Every Friday from yesterday (02/06/2017), Cartoon Network Latin America and Cartoon Network Brazil will be airing a different Cartoon Network Studios minisode pilot every week during June and July under the title of “Cartoonsitute”. The pilots will air each Friday at 7.15pm Colombia, 7.15pm Brazil, 7.45pm in Mexico/Argentina/Chile and 8.15pm Venezuela. Cartoonsitute was also the name used by Cartoon Network for their 2009/2010 animated shorts development programme, headed up by Cartoon Network’s Chief Content Officer – Rob Sorcher, The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends creator – Craig McCracken and animated show director – Rob Renzetti.
The schedule is as follows:
Apple & Onion: Friday 2nd June
AJ’s Infinite Summer: Friday 9th June
Back to Backspace: Friday 16th June
Bottom’s Butte: Friday 23rd June
Lakewood Plaza Turbo (aka OK K.O.!: Let’s Be Heroes): Friday 30th June
Cartoon Network Studios Greenlights OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes Animated Series
Today (09/03/2017), Cartoon Network Studios has announced that Ian Jones-Quartey’s animated creation OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes will be having a full animated series and will premiere on Cartoon Network USA this summer. The brand new animated show is set in Lakewood Plaza, referred to as a shopping mall for heroes, K.O. and his friends try to impress each other and “level-up” like video-game characters so they can overcome the evil Lord Boxman’s obstacles and foil the Lord’s plans to destroy the plaza.
The new animated series originated from an animated pilot named “Lakewood Plaza Turbo” which was developed at Cartoon Network Studios and was released in 2013, at the time Ian Jones-Quartey was working on Steven Universe as supervising director while season one of Steven Universe was still in development, prior to Steven Universe, he worked on Secret Mountain Fort Awesome in 2010. Later, Cartoon Network released a series of digital shorts also under the title of “OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes” from February 2016, the digital shorts were uploaded to Cartoon Network USA’s YouTube channel as well as the Cartoon Network app.
A mobile beat ’em up game based on the animated shorts – OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo, was launched on mobile devices on 4th February 2016. Also last summer, Cartoon Network hosted an “Animation Jam” event which was a gathering of university undergraduates from across the United States, at the animation jam, students had the opportunity to produce a 15-second animation short based on OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. Prior to the “Animation Jam”, there was also a “Game Jam” event which happened last February, where independent game developers got involved and made their own games based on the OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes IP.
The show’s digital origins is a similar story on how another Cartoon Network original – Mighty Magiswords was developed, a series of digital animated shorts were released on the Cartoon Network Anything and YouTube, using this marketing method, Cartoon Network can gauge the popularity of a show that could potentially be greenlit, if a show idea is well received, there’s a high possibility that Cartoon Network would develop the show as a full animated series.
Next Monday (13/03/2017), Cartoon Network USA will be hosting a special screening during the SXSW 2017 (South by Southwest) media event in Austin, Texas. The screening will feature a sneak-peek preview of OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes and never before seen episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball, We Bare Bears, Ben 10 and Teen Titans Go!
Cartoon Network Games will be collaborating with independent game studio, Capybara Games to produce an RPG action-brawler game based on OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, the game will be released this autumn and will be previewed at the PAX East gaming convention in Boston, Massachusetts tomorrow (10/03/2017).
OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes will also be premiering on Cartoon Network’s international feeds, Cartoon Network UK has already confirmed that they will be airing the new show in a press release (see bottom section of the blog post), Cartoon Network UK will premiere the show sometime after the U.S. premiere. No exact U.S. and international broadcast dates have been released yet.
From The Turner UK Press Release: Cartoon Network Powers Up a Connected World of Original Heroes Across TV and Gaming with OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes: New Series Gets Greenlight Along with an Integrated Console Game
Cartoon Network powers up a connected world of original heroes across the TV and gaming landscape with the greenlight of animated series OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes followed by an integrated console game jointly developed with indie video game studio Capybara Games. Created by Ian Jones-Quartey, and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, the action-packed show follows the heroic feats of K.O., an endlessly optimistic kid attempting to level up to be the best he can be in a dynamic universe of friends and challenging foes. The console and PC game is an action brawler with RPG elements and is expected to arrive later this fall and will be previewed in the U.S. at PAX East on Friday, March 10.
To help build this highly-developed world, Cartoon Network opened the door to the gaming and creative communities to produce custom multiplatform content. At a Game Jam last year, independent game developers created their own original games based on the characters. Following the Game Jam, college undergraduates were invited to craft 15-second animation shorts using the IP at an Animation Jam. A standalone original mobile game, titled OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo, also launched last year based on Jones-Quartey’s short, of the same name, from Cartoon Network’s Emmy-winning artist program.
“This combined launch marks the culmination of a unique multi-media development process,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “The result is an entirely connected world which provides deeper satisfaction as fans get further into the property from every access point.”
Added Jones-Quartey: “For me, video games and animation have a lot in common and having fun is the main goal. OK K.O.! is a video game-inspired world expressed through the language of animation, but mostly an adventurous playground with heart-warming heroes who battle against robots.”
OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes is set in Lakewood Plaza, a mall for heroes, where K.O. and his cool crew of friends are constantly trying to impress each other in their efforts to level up and overcome the obstacles that evil foe Lord Boxman sends their way on his quest to destroy the plaza. A sneak peek of the new series will be presented in the U.S. at SXSW on Monday, March 13. OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes is slated to premiere this summer in the U.S. and will also roll out across the UK and all global markets.
Jones-Quartey first joined the Cartoon Network family in 2010 as a storyboard artist on Secret Mountain Fort Awesome. Most recently, he served as the co-executive producer on the Emmy-nominated series Steven Universe. He is an alum of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.