So, here’s what we have learned from making our first television pilot. First-pilots for television are a loooooong process. Second-animation is an even looooonger process. But now that we have made some serious progress, and finalized some details, Adult Swim has announced our amazing new cast for the Saturday Action Fun Hour! We couldn’t be more excited Alison Haislip has joined the team as our Blue Unicorn, along with Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Tara Strong and Kevin Shinick. Written by Dan Milano.
Check out our Deadline announcement below!
All the Feels!!!!!
Production is underway on the Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour! pilot for Adult Swim. Penned by Dan Milano (Greg The Bunny) and inspired by the Team Unicorn cartoons, the pilot is described as a modern twist on Saturday morning-style cartoon/live-action hybrid shows, but for adults. It follows the adventures of the four mythical heroines who masquerade as human girls. Danger Maiden Prods’ Clare Grant and Rileah Vanderbilt executive produce and star alongside original Team Unicorn member Milynn Sarley (How I Met Your Mother) and Alison Haislip (Attack Of The Show) as both Team Unicorn and their cartoon counterparts. Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night) voices the villainous Dark Puba; Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory) voices her sidekick, Chummy Cherub; Tara Strong (The Fairly OddParents) voices Billy, the boy with the ability to summon Team Unicorn; and Kevin Shinick (Mad) is the show’s announcer. Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich serve as executive producers for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Green is directing the pilot.
Danger Maiden Productions was formed in 2009 when Grant and Vanderbilt wrote/produced and starred in the viral video Saber, which won Best Action and the Audience Awards at the Lucasfilm Fan Awards. Recently they completed the trilogy, which has racked up more than 7 million views collectively. Team Unicorn first was introduced to geek and female empowerment fans in 2010 via G33K & G4M3R Girls, written and produced by its original members. The viral-video sensation captured a million views in its first week as a geek-centric parody of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” music video. Other Team Unicorn videos include Alien Beach Crashers, SuperHarmony, A Very Zombie Holiday and For The Win.
Have you been wondering where we’ve been? We’ve been wondering where we’ve been. Ha!
To answer that question-we have been working on the pilot for Adult Swim. Animation is a long process, and since this is the first episode, we are creating the main assets for the first time, which takes longer than just creating episodes and using assets that are already in place. We knocked out the live action shoot of the pilot in two days. Two. Days. Easy stuff.
Why aren’t we producing new content in the mean time? Because of our deal with Adult Swim, we are limited in what we can produce under the Team Unicorn banner. But don’t worry, now that all the pre-production work on the pilot is in done and it is far, far away being animated, we are brainstorming new fun ideas that we hope to shoot while we wait on the animation.
What is a pilot? For those of you who do not know, a pilot is the first episode of a series, and is used for the network to decide whether or not they want to order a full series. So right now, we only have a pilot. Fingers crossed Adult Swim loves the pilot and orders a full series. Then you will have a weekly dose of unicorn magic.