Twelve Forever

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Twelve Forever
Twelve Forever Logo.png
Genre
Created byJulia Vickerman
Directed by
  • Annisa Adjani
  • Nick Sumida
  • John Mathot
  • Sam Riegel
  • Julia Vickerman (supervising)
  • Kenneth Wong (supervising)
Voices of
Theme music composerAdam Deibert
Jarond Gibbs
Opening theme"Twelve Forever"
Composer(s)
  • Adam Deibert
  • Jarond Gibbs
  • Kevin Sukho Lee (additional music, Pilot only)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes25
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Julia Vickerman
  • Rhonda Cox (supervising)
Editor(s)
  • Rob Getzschman (pilot)
  • Tony Christopherson (series)
Running time
  • 12–13 minutes
  • 23 minutes (episode 1)
Production company(s)Puny Entertainment
The Cartel
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
External links
Website

Twelve Forever is an American animated web series created by Julia Vickerman, a former writer and storyboard artist known for her work on Clarence and The Powerpuff Girls. Twelve Forever premiered in the United States on Netflix on July 29, 2019.[1][2]

The original pilot was produced for Cartoon Network, by Cartoon Network Studios, and was originally released on their website on May 18, 2015. In December 2017, it was announced that Netflix had acquired the rights to Twelve Forever for a full series, with production duties being handled by The Cartel and Puny Entertainment.[3][4] Shadi Petosky began working on the show sometime before July 2017, when she hoped for more episodes of Danger & Eggs.[5]

One of the executive producers of the series, Petosky, described Reggie as a queer character "coming to terms with her sexuality".[6][7] The series also features a number of other LGBTQ characters: Mack and Beefhouse,[8] a couple in the fantasy world of Endless Island, and Galaxander, who previously had a boyfriend.[9] Ultimately, the series ended after its first season with no further plans to continue it, as noted by Petosky in a tweet.[10] As such, GLAAD recognized the series as one of those shows released in 2019 with LGBTQ representation.[11]

Premise[edit]

The series centers on Reggie Abbott (Kelsy Abbott), an imaginative 12-year-old whose desire to remain a child is so powerful she can enter another world in which she never has to grow up: an island called Endless where her childhood toys and drawings are real. She is joined by her friends Todd (Antony Del Rio) and Esther Hopkins (Jaylen Barron), who visit this amazing world to live out their superhero fantasies and escape the responsibilities of impending adulthood. Life and reality often catch up with them in Endless as the preteens start dealing with growing pains and conflicts develop between them. The negativity the friends experience while dealing with their new complicated problems feed their enemy, the nefarious Butt Witch (Matt Berry), who seeks to destroy Endless.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Kelsy Abbott as Reggie, Wade, Kathy, Flaps, Flowery Woman, Billy Canyon, Tammy, Dr. Tenders, Swimple Jan, Plates, Mike, Omelet, Winged Moyse
  • Antony Del Rio as Todd, Chairold, Garrett, Sherbert
  • Jaylen Barron as Esther, Pretty Please, Tater Tot, Gorbis, Darla, Tori
  • Matt Berry as The Butt Witch
  • Steve Agee as Big Deal, Mack, Beefhouse, Galaxander, Hunk, Monster Brown Roger
  • Wade Randolph as Borbo, Dr. Champion, Mr. Christopherson, Label Maker Monster, Lump, Uncle Paul, AJ, Bobby
  • Laura Zak as Mrs. Krandle, Tanopy, Explorer Sally, Pancake, Rooty, Lorbis, Queen Limerick
  • Bridget Everett as Judy
  • Spencer Rothbell as Colin, Swimple Dan, Tasty Troy, Pitui-Terry, Squad Bro, Rance, Big Ol' Gordon, Jacques Board, Shaun
  • Nick Sumida as Bags of Marbles, Beth, Chewing Gum Stanley, Garrett, Señor Corduroy
  • Brandon Wardell as Dustin
  • Daniel Amerman as Aaron
  • Sam Brown as Manny, Schmaaron
  • Noel Fielding as Guy Pleasant
  • Kate Freund as Donna
  • John Eric Bentley as Mr. Kapusinski
  • Ron Funches as Manguin
  • Brittany Ashley as Kendra, Leslie
  • Amy Sedaris as Sadmantha
  • Maximus Riegel as Ogden
  • Stephanie Beatriz as Conelly
  • Chris Fleming as Mr. Fleming
  • Ashley Boettcher as Gwen
  • Curt Neill as Rodney
  • Paul Williams as Captain Elmer
  • Reese Hartwig as Shane (Pilot only)
  • Jorge Diaz as Tristan (Pilot only)

Episodes[edit]

Cartoon Network pilot (2015)[edit]

TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
"Twelve Forever"Nick Cross (art) & Robert Alvarez (timing)Julia VickermanJulia Vickerman & Victor Courtright (additional)May 18, 2015 (2015-05-18)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
1"Birthday Forever"John MathotStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Kelsy Abbott
Phylicia Fuentes & Nick SumidaJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Reggie's imagination unlocks a wild and wonderful world where she can be herself – and escape the pressures of growing up.
2"The Butt Witch Forever"Annisa AdjaniStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Spencer Rothbell
Erica Jones & Meghan TryonJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Trying to avoid learning about puberty, Reggie accidentally unleashes the Butt Witch on their world.
3"Esther Forever"John MathotStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Laura Zak
Mike Bertino & Ron StanageJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Esther, the new girl at school, tries to join Reggie and Todd's crew.
4"Guy Pleasant Forever"Annisa AdjaniStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Tony Infante & Richard Lee
Ashlyn Anstee & Nicolette WoodJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
When his big brother moves away for college, Todd tries to create a new brother.
5"Endless Forever"John MathotStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Kelsy Abbott
Phylicia Fuentes & Nick SumidaJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Todd and Esther try to investigate Endless' mysteries.
6"Dustin Forever"Annisa AdjaniStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Spencer Rothbell
Erica Jones & Meghan TryonJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Reggie tries to reconnect with her brother in filming their series "Space Vampires."
7"Mack and Beefhouse Forever"John Mathot & Nick SumidaStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Kelsy Abbott
Mike Bertino & Ron StanageJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
The Butt Witch tries to create friction between Mack and Beefhouse.
8"The Mall Forever"Annisa AdjaniStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Laura Zak
Ashlyn Anstee & Nicolette WoodJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Reggie's mom takes her and Esther to the mall to buy something nice.
9"School Forever"John Mathot & Nick SumidaStory by : Spencer Rothbell
Teleplay by : Tony Infante
Phylicia Fuentes & Nick SumidaJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
After an annoying day at school, the kids try teaching lessons in Endless.
10"Secrets Forever"Annisa AdjaniStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Laura Zak
Erica Jones & Meghan TryonJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
The gang discovers a grocery store on Endless.
11"Manguin Forever"Nick SumidaStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Spencer Rothbell
Mike Bertino & Ron StanageJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Reggie hires a penguin assistant to help with her garden.
12"Fancy Forever"Annisa AdjaniStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Kelsy Abbott
Ashlyn Anstee & Nicolette WoodJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Reggie attempts to become the best-dressed person on Endless.
13"The Locals Forever"John Mathot & Nick SumidaKelsy AbbottPhylicia Fuentes & Nick SumidaJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
The gang spies on the residents of Endless.
14"Reggie's Dad Forever"Annisa AdjaniStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Laura Zak
Erica Jones & Meghan TryonJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Reggie finds a box of her dad's stuff and releases a sad spirit in Endless.
15"Babysitting Forever"Nick SumidaStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Spencer Rothbell
Diana Lafyatis & Ron StanageJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Reggie tries babysitting and ends up taking the kid to Endless with her.
16"Not Twelve Forever"Annisa AdjaniKelsy AbbottAshlyn Anstee & Nicolette WoodJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Big Deal tries to impress the Butt Witch.
17
18
"Locked Out Forever"
(Part 1–2)
Nick SumidaStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Laura Zak
Phylicia Fuentes & Sydney SharpJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Annisa AdjaniStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Laura Zak
Erica Jones & Meghan TryonJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Part 1: Reggie develops a crush on Conelly, an eighth grade girl.
Part 2: Reggie tries to figure out how to get back into Endless.
19"Brown Roger Forever"Nick SumidaStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Spencer Rothbell
Katie Mitroff & Ron StanageJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
The Butt Witch starts to influence Brown Roger.
20"Spring Break Forever"Annisa AdjaniStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Kelsy Abbott
Raj Brueggemann & Nicolette WoodJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Reggie's stuck in the hospital during Spring Break.
21"Dance Forever"Nick SumidaSpencer RothbellPhylicia Fuentes & Sydney SharpJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Todd meets a new girl named Gwen and the gang goes to a school dance.
22"Audition Forever"Annisa AdjaniStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Laura Zak
Erica Jones & Meghan TryonJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Todd tries out for a band, but they choose Esther instead.
23"A Stranger Forever"Nick SumidaStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Kelsy Abbott
Katie Mitroff & Kyle NeswaldJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Captain Elmer arrives on Endless, but Todd and Esther are suspicious of him.
24"Todd Forever"Annisa AdjaniStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Spencer Rothbell
Raj Brueggemann & Jay HasrajaniJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Reggie plans a huge 13th birthday surprise for Todd.
25"Together Forever"Nick Sumida & Ed TademStory by : Julia Vickerman
Teleplay by : Laura Zak
Grace Liu, Dan Stone & Sydney SharpJuly 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
The Butt Witch tries to manipulate the gang while they're fighting.

Reception[edit]

There have been a variety of reviews. Lacey Womack of ScreenRant praised the series[12] while others praised the "great pedigree" of those working on the show.[13] While some described the show as having a "sense of its Midwest, small town setting as the backdrop of conformist pressure" and compared it to Gravity Falls,[14] and praised its LGBTQ representation, putting it alongside shows such as Steven Universe, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, The Dragon Prince, and OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes.[15] At the same time, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction contributor Steven Pearce gave a short positive review of the show, arguing that the show juggles dark and light, the real world and the imagined world, with Endless acting out "metaphorical versions of Reggie's real-world problems."[16] Pearce also argued that the series is good and inventive, bringing in surrealism, "pre-teen angst, humour and twelve year-olds using flame-throwers." In January 2020, GLAAD nominated the show for its Outstanding Kids & Family Programming award, along with a host of other shows.[17]

Controversy, cancellation, and possibility of a second season[edit]

In September 2019, a Tumblr post from 2010 by Julia Vickerman, the show's creator and executive producer, was revealed which seemed to talk about self-described pedophilia involving a 14-year-old boy, putting the show in jeopardy.[18][19] The same month, Shadi Petosky announced that the show had been cancelled in a now-deleted tweet, but did not mention the controversy around Vickerman.[10] While Petosky was described as the executive producer on the show in a July 2019 AP article on LGBTQ representation in animation,[20] she stated in September 2019 that she had no connection with the show since the show's first season had premiered on Netflix earlier that year.[21] The following year, in two articles published in April and May 2020, Lacey Womack of Screen Rant stated the show was "on an indefinite hiatus,"[22] with uncertain plans for the future.[12]

References[edit]

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