The Last Kids on Earth (TV series)

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The Last Kids On Earth
The Last Kids on Earth.jpg
Promotional poster
GenreComedy
Based onThe Last Kids on Earth
by Max Brallier
Directed by
Voices of
Composer(s)Marcelo Trevino
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes11
Production
Executive producer(s)
Editor(s)Darren Bachynski
Running time60 minutes (book 1)
23 minutes (book 2)
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 17, 2019 (2019-09-17) –
present
External links
Official website

The Last Kids on Earth is an American-Canadian children's animation web television series, based on the book series of the same name by Max Brallier, that premiered on Netflix on September 17, 2019. A ten-episode second season, or "Book 2", titled The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade, premiered on April 17, 2020.[1]

The show's third book / season is scheduled for an October 16, 2020 release.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Nick Wolfhard as Jack Sullivan, a 13-year-old orphan and video gamer turned hero thanks to the apocalypse.
  • Charles Demers as Dirk Savage, a former school bully turned strongman and monster fighter on Jack's team. He likes cooking and gardening.
  • Montserrat Hernandez as June Del Toro, a tomboyish 13-year-old girl who is Jack's crush but did not reciprocate his feelings, but starts to develop some in Book 2. She was trying to survive on her own until her parents come back for her with a rescue party; but she joins Jack's team and learns to have fun during the apocalypse. She was editor-in-chief of the school's paper.
  • Garland Whitt as Quint Baker, Jack's nerdy best friend who invents most of the gadgets the kids use to survive in their post-apocalyptic environment.
  • Brian Drummond as the vocal effects for Rover, a blue-furred canine-like monster who befriends Jack in Book 1 and becomes the team's pet and mascot.
  • Mark Hamill as Bardle, a gruff monster conjurer that takes up residence in Joe's Pizza who, like June del Toro, is investigating the most recent phenomena and paranormal events.[3]
  • Catherine O'Hara as Skaelka, a female monster warrior that takes up residence in Joe's Pizza and becomes a friend of June's.[4]
  • Keith David as Thrull, the secondary antagonist in Book 2 who poses as the kids' friend at first before betraying them and his fellow monsters in Book 2, episode 8. He dies in Book 2, episode 10 "Dawn of Rezzoch".
  • Bruce Campbell as Chef, a cranky Squid monster that takes up residence in Joe's Pizza.[4][5]
  • Rosario Dawson as Rezzoch[3], the main antagonist of the series as revealed in Book 2, episode 2; has her first lines and first full appearance in the Book 2, episode 8 before becoming a series regular as of the 9th and Book 2 finale episodes.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
Book 1
1"The Last Kids on Earth"Will LauMax Brallier & Scott PetersonSeptember 17, 2019 (2019-09-17)
Living solo in his recently-monster-infested town, 13-year-old Jack will have to think fast, find friends and get creative if he wants to survive.
Book 2
1"Mall Quest"Steve RolstonMax BrallierApril 17, 2020 (2020-04-17)
2"Jack the Slayer"Steve RolstonJennifer MuroApril 17, 2020 (2020-04-17)
3"Bestiary Master"Steve RolstonScott PetersonApril 17, 2020 (2020-04-17)
4"The Zombie Parade"Steve RolstonHaley ManciniApril 17, 2020 (2020-04-17)
5"The Thrull of Victory"Steve RolstonJoshua PruettApril 17, 2020 (2020-04-17)
6"Stay on Target"Steve RolstonJoshua PruettApril 17, 2020 (2020-04-17)
7"June Gloom"Steve RolstonHaley ManciniApril 17, 2020 (2020-04-17)
8"Follow That Butler"Steve RolstonMax BrallierApril 17, 2020 (2020-04-17)
9"Always Darkest"Steve RolstonScott PetersonApril 17, 2020 (2020-04-17)
10"Dawn of Rezzoch"Steve RolstonJennifer MuroApril 17, 2020 (2020-04-17)

Production[edit]

On September 26, 2017, it was announced that Thunderbird Entertainment's animation studio Atomic Cartoons had optioned the screen rights on Max Brallier's book series The Last Kids on Earth with the intention of producing an animated television series.[6][7]

On February 26, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order. Executive producers include Brallier, Scott Peterson, Jennifer McCarron, and Matthew Berkowitz. Brallier and Peterson are also expected to write the series as well. Production companies involved in the series include Thunderbird Entertainment's animation studio Atomic Cartoons.[8][9]

On March 13, 2019, the series cast was announced, including Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Catherine O'Hara, Keith David, Bruce Campbell, Garland Whitt, Montserrat Hernandez, Charles Demers, and Nick Wolfhard as the lead character Jack Sullivan.[10]

It was initially reported that the series would be released on May 30, 2019,[11][12] but it instead premiered on September 17, 2019.[13]

Merchandise[edit]

Jakks Pacific launched a toyline based on the series in early 2020.[14] Outright Games will publish a video game tie-in across consoles and PC in 2021.[15]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2020 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Max Brallier, Matthew Berkowitz, Jennifer McCarron, Scott Peterson Won[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (April 3, 2020). "Netflix Trailers 'The Last Kids on Earth' Season 2". Animation Magazine. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "All the scary, spoopy movies and shows coming to Netflix for Halloween". Polygon. September 9, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Oller, Jacob (April 15, 2020). "First Look: Mark Hamill and Rosario Dawson Have a Monster Good Time in The Last Kids on Earth". Syfy Wire. Syfy. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Trumbore, Dave (April 13, 2020). "Exclusive: 'The Last Kids on Earth' Season 2 Characters Revealed in First-Look Images". Collider. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  5. ^ Squires, John (April 14, 2020). "Here's the New Monster Being Voiced by Bruce Campbell in Netflix's "The Last Kids on Earth" [Image]". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  6. ^ McLean, Tom (September 26, 2017). "Atomic Brings 'The Last Kids on Earth' To TV". Animation World Network. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Whyte, Alexandra (September 26, 2017). "Atomic Cartoons options The Last Kids on Earth". Kidscreen. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (February 28, 2018). "'The Last Kids On Earth' Animated Comedy Series Based On Books Ordered By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Vlessing, Etan (February 28, 2018). "Netflix Orders Animated Series 'The Last Kids on Earth'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  10. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 13, 2019). "'The Last Kids On Earth': Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Catherine O'Hara and Others Set For Netflix Animated Series". Deadline. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Kain, Erik (May 1, 2019). "Here's Everything Coming To Netflix In May And What To Watch". Forbes. Archived from the original on May 15, 2019. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Knight, Rosie (May 2, 2019). "Everything Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon in May". Nerdist. Archived from the original on May 14, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  13. ^ Vorel, Jim (August 20, 2019). "Exclusive: Netflix to Unveil Its Animated Last Kids on Earth Zombie Comedy This September". Paste. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  14. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (May 13, 2019). "JAKKS Named Master Toy for 'Last Kids on Earth' from Atomic Cartoons, Cyber Group". Animation Magazine. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  15. ^ "Atomic Cartoons and Cyber Group Developing 'The Last Kids on Earth' Game". Animation World Network. October 31, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  16. ^ "Daytime Emmy Awards: 'Dragon Prince,' 'Ask the Storybots' & 'Last Kids on Earth' Win Key Animation Categories for Netflix". Animation Magazine. July 27, 2020. Retrieved July 28, 2020.

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