‘Bravest Warriors’ Is Back for a Second Season on Cartoon Hangover
By Sahil Patel
“Bravest Warriors,” an animated web series from Pendleton Ward, the creator of the Emmy-nominated Cartoon Network hit “Adventure Time,” is returning for a second season on the Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel.
The show follows the futuristic adventures of a group of teenaged costumed heroes who jet around the universe to save aliens. The 11-episode first season, which has collected more than 32 million views to date, won a Shorty Award for Best Web Show of 2013. The success of the show also helped create additional revenue streams for Ward and series producers Frederator Studios, with more than 15 manufacturers signing on to develop an array of merchandise based on the characters in the show.
The second season, which will premiere on October 17, will pick up where the first season left off. It will span 12, five-minute episodes, with each new installment debuting on Cartoon Hangover every other Thursday at 4pm ET.
Written, directed, and executive-produced by Breehn Burns, the second season will include episodes written by Jhonen Vasquez, the creator Nickelodeon’s critically-acclaimed cult hit “Invader Zim,” and Noelle Stevenson, a rising star in the animation world who is behind the popular webcomic “Nimona.” Developed by Burns, Will McRobb, and Chris Viscardi (“Sanjay and Craig”), the show counts Frederator Studios as series producers.
Speaking of which, while “Bravest Warriors” is definitely Frederator Studios’ flagship web series, the studio is planning to expand its programming output over the next year. This includes providing a platform to incubate future online series, as is the case with “Dead End,” an animated short created by Hamish Steele and animated by Mel Roach. The short will debut on Cartoon Hangover on October 24, and if successful, could be picked up by Frederator for a full season.
Frederator Studios has also quietly been building out its animation MCN, Channel Frederator, which Cartoon Hangover belongs to.
It’s all part of what Fred Seibert, head of Frederator Studios and one of the biggest execs in animation over the past few decades, believes to be the future of animation. “The internet is ushering in the next golden age of animation,” he said in a statement. “We created Cartoon Hangover to hurry it up and give tomorrow’s hitmakers a platform to show their creations to big audiences who deserved and are craving quality animation, wonderful writing, and great characters. ‘Bravest Warriors’ reflects the type of highly-innovative and imaginative entertainment Cartoon Hangover will deliver as we look to lead a whole new animation revolution.”
Cartoon Hangover, one of the first 100 channels created as part of YouTube’s original programming initiative, has topped 13 million unique viewers, 790,000 subscribers, and 55 million views since launch.
Here’s the trailer for “Bravest Warriors” Season Two: