Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

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Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
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Genre
Created byRadford Sechrist
Based onKipo
by Radford Sechrist
Developed byBill Wolkoff
Voices of
Theme music composerVanessa Ruby Sandberg
Composer(s)Daniel Rojas
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Bill Wolkoff
  • Radford Sechrist
  • Yoo Jae Myung
Producer(s)Park Sang Ah
Kim Han Byeol
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14) –
present
External links
Official website

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is an animated television series created by Radford Sechrist, adapted from his 2015 webcomic Kipo. The series is produced by American company DreamWorks Animation Television and animated by South Korean studio Mir. Its first season of ten episodes was released on Netflix on January 14, 2020.[1]

Setting[edit]

Kipo Oak, a thirteen-year-old girl, is searching for her father after being forced to flee from her underground city. To do so, she travels through an overgrown post-apocalyptic urban wasteland ruled by sentient mutant animals ("mutes"), together with her new friends Wolf, Mandu, Benson and Dave.[2] Sechrist compared the series to The Wizard of Oz, "but instead of ruby slippers [Kipo] has Converse on".[3]

Development[edit]

The series was announced at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June 2019. It is based on Sechrist's 2015 webcomic Kipo.[4][5]

The series has five writers in addition to showrunner Radford Sechrist and executive producer Bill Wolkoff. They worked in two teams, each comprising a director and three board artists. The animation is made by Studio Mir in South Korea using traditional animation methods. About sixty people worked on the series at DreamWorks, and about fifty-five at Studio Mir.[6]

Voice cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Karen Fukuhara as Kipo Oak, an enthusiastic and curious young girl who is searching for her people.
  • Sydney Mikayla as Wolf, a cold, distrustful, weapon-wielding survivor girl in the surface world who was raised by wolves.
  • Coy Stewart as Benson, a happy-go-lucky boy and surface survivor.
  • Deon Cole as Dave, a mutant insect and Benson's best friend who constantly ages and regenerates.
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Mandu, an adorable mutant pig with four eyes and six legs adopted by Kipo.

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Sterling K. Brown as Lio Oak, Kipo's father, a scientist, and teacher of their underground community.
  • Jee Young Han as Song Oak, Kipo's deceased mother, and Lio's wife.
  • Dan Stevens as Scarlemagne, formerly called Hugo, an evil, flamboyant, power-hungry mandrill who seeks to rule the world with an army of enslaved humans.
  • Lea Delaria as Molly Yarnchopper, a Timbercat.
  • Steve Blum as Yumyan Hammerpaw, Axe Lord of the Timbercats, who becomes Kipo's ally.
  • Grey Griffin as Cotton, rocker leader of the Umlaut Snakes from Cactus Town, who becomes Kipo's ally.
  • Joan Jett as Camille, Cotton's Umlaut Snake bandmate.
  • John Hodgman and GZA as Billions and Billions, astronomer wolves who work for Scarlemagne.
  • Jake Green as Jamack, a Mod Frog who seeks to capture Kipo after she causes him to be banished from his pack.
  • Michael-Leon Wooley as Tad Mulholland, a sentient colony of tardigrades who traps others in dream worlds.
  • Ian Harding as Harris, a Mod Frog.

Music[edit]

The soundtrack to the series, including several original songs, was composed by Daniel Rojas. It draws on an eclectic mix of musical styles, from folk to classical music and hip-hop.[7] The first soundtrack album, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Season 1 Mixtape, was released in January 2020 by Back Lot Music.[8]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal release date [9]
1"Burrow Girl"Radford SechristBill WolkoffJames P. Gibson, Radford Sechrist, and Young Ki YoonJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
Kipo finds herself on the surface world and meets Mandu and Wolf.
2"Explosion Berries"Radford SechristBill WolkoffJames P. Gibson, Radford Sechrist, and Young Ki YoonJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
Benson saves Kipo, Wolf and Dave from the Mod Frogs.
3"Real Cats Wear Plaid"Chase ConleyBill WolkoffJacob V. Eaton, James P. Gibson, and Ben LiJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
Kipo and her new friends are held captive by a clan of Timbercats.
4"Cäctustown"Chris CopelandJoanna Lewis and Kristine SongcoBridget Underwood, Kalen Whitfield, and ZukeJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
Kipo leads an army of new allies to Umlaut Snäke turf.
5"The Astronomers in Turtlenecks"Chris Copeland and Bridget UnderwoodChristopher Amick and Ben MeklerMax Lawson, Kalen Whitfield, and ZukeJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
Kipo and her friends try to blend in with the Newton Wolves and continue searching for the burrow people.
6"Ratland"Chase ConleyBill WolkoffJacob V. Eaton, James P. Gibson, and Ben LiJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
It's Kipo's 13th birthday - and while she tries to crack her father's code, the wolves are reporting to Scarlemagne.
7"Mulholland"Chase ConleyTaylor Chapulín OrcíJacob V. Eaton, James P. Gibson, and Ben LiJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
The group gets trapped in an ideal dream world.
8"Twin Beaks"Chris CopelandJoanna Lewis and Kristine SongcoAdam Lucas, Bridget Underwood, and Kalen WhitfieldJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
Kipo searches for another clue among the Fitness Raccoons.
9"Mute-Eat-Mute World"Chase ConleyChristopher Amick and Ben MeklerJacob V. Eaton, James P. Gibson, and Ben LiJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
Wolf struggles with some new information while the group has to escape from Mod Frogs again.
10"Beyond the Valley of the Dogs"Kalvin Lee and Young Ki YoonBill WolkoffBen Li, Adam Lucas, and Bridget UnderwoodJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
Kipo closes in on her burrow, but disaster is right behind her.

Reception[edit]

At io9, Beth Elderkin described Kipo as a "must-watch", writing that it joined the likes of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Gravity Falls and Steven Universe as a series with a broad appeal to many age groups, and highlighting its music and art design.[2] At Collider, Dave Trumbore noted Kipo's similarity to other recent female-led animated portal fantasy series such as Amphibia and The Owl House, and described it as a "classic in the making" that drew on cultural touchstones such as Fallout, The Warriors, The Island of Doctor Moreau, Planet of the Apes and Alice in Wonderland.[10]

Writing for Polygon, Petrana Radulovic appreciated that beneath a standard fantasy exploration quest, the series is a "vibrant mosaic, with a unique world, multidimensional character relationships, and a deeper underlying plot" about the tensions between mutes and humans.[11] She also noted that Benson was the first character to have an explicit coming out as gay in an all-ages animation series, and that the understated manner of the scene, in episode 6, made it all the more noteworthy.[12] Charles Pulliam-Moore at io9 likewise wrote that the series's "casual queerness is fantastic" because Benson's orientation is not treated as a plot point to complicate Kipo's feelings for him, but, "with a distinct matter-of-factness", as just one aspect of his character.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trumbore, Dave (8 January 2020). "New Trailer for 'Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts' Is Absolutely Insane". Collider. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b Elderkin, Beth (8 January 2020). "Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Is the Latest Animated Marvel You Absolutely Should Watch". io9. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  3. ^ "DreamWorks Animation Sets 'Kipo & the Age of Wonderbeasts' for Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  4. ^ Hilgenberg, Josh (13 June 2019). "KIPO AND THE AGE OF WONDERBEASTS first look from DreamWorks Animation". Comics Beat. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  5. ^ "'Kipo,' Rad Sechrist's amazing-looking new webcomic". Comics&Cola. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  6. ^ Zahed, Ramin (15 January 2020). "It's the End of the World and She's Just Fine!: 'Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  7. ^ Brown, Steven (24 January 2020). "Interview with Daniel Rojas Composer on Kipo and the Age of the Wonderbeasts". What's on Netflix. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  8. ^ "'Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts' Soundtrack Album Released | Film Music Reporter". Film Music Reporter. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  10. ^ Trumbore, Dave (14 January 2020). "'Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts' Review: Unlike Any Animated Adventure You've Seen". Collider. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  11. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (14 January 2020). "Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is a wild toy-box fantasy". Polygon. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  12. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (15 January 2020). "Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts treats coming out like just another part of life". Polygon. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  13. ^ Pulliam-Moore, Charles (23 January 2020). "Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts' Casual Queerness Is Fantastic". io9. Retrieved 24 January 2020.

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