Following news of a new Adult Swim show following Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, the mature sector of Cartoon Network has even more ridiculousness in store.
Today, Adult Swim announced production of a pilot called “The Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour!” along with the first image from the project that you can see above. “Robot Chicken” creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are executive producing the series that puts a modern twist on Saturday morning cartoons and live-action hybrid shows, but obviously, for adults.
The series will explore the adventures of the four mythical unicorn heroines who masquerade as human girls. Team Unicorn will be brought to life by executive producers Clare Grant and Rileah Vanderbilt from Danger Maiden Productions along with Milynn Sarley (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Alison Haislip (“Attack of the Show”) with all the girls playing both the live-action and cartoon roles of their characters.
In addition, the cast also includes Jane Lynch voicing the villainous Dark Puba and Alan Tudyk as her sidekick Chummy Cherub (a reunion, since they both voiced characters in Wreck-It Ralph), plus Tara Strong (“The Fairly Odd Parents”) as Billy, the boy with the ability to summon Team Unicorn, and Kevin Shinick as the show’s announcer, one of the elements that inspired the show itself.
As for the talent behind the camera, “Greg the Bunny” scribe Dan Milano wrote the pilot for Seth Green to direct. Here’s how Grant and Vanderbilt describe the show: “‘Team Unicorn’ is in the spirit of ‘Sailor Moon’ and ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ with a sprinkling of ‘Voltron’ and ‘Josie and the Pussycats.'” The animation side of things will be handled by Brian Sheesley of “Dan vs.” while the live-action director is Sean Becker of “Holliston.” All three directors have won Emmys, so it’s kind of a big deal.
The idea of “Team Unicorn” has been around since 2010 as part of the viral video sensation “G33K & G4M3R Girls,” but this sounds much bigger. With how much nostalgia there is for cartoon series and live-action shows like “Power Rangers,” there couldn’t be a better time for a show like this to start up. Expect some sort of presence at Comic-Con this summer.
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