Joseph Garrett, better known s Stampy Cat — or, as Entertainment Weekly calls him, the “Mr. Rogers of Minecraft” — is returning with a second season of his animated educational YouTube series “Wonder Quest,” produced in partnership with Disney-owned Maker Studios.
The scripted series, set in the world of the video game Minecraft, will premiere its 12-episode second season on Aug. 20, along with the companion series “I Wonder,” on the Wonder Quest YouTube channel and YouTube Kids. New episodes will premiere every subsequent Saturday through November. Additional “Wonder Quest” content, including 360-degree videos, is planned for release later this year.
The first season of “Wonder Quest” premiered in April 2015, attracting 100K subscribers to the Wonder Quest YouTube channel in the first 48 hours. In the 16 months since, it has garnered more than 60 million views.
In season two, Stampy Cat and his friend Wizard Keen will again work together to save their town of Wonderberg, this time from Rama, an evil inventor who uses time travel to stop wonderers from wondering. Stampy and his crew will go back in time to help some of the most important figures in history, including the ancient Egyptians, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison.
Season two will also feature guest appearances from an array of YouTube stars including Aphmau, TheDiamondMinecart, Sqaishey, LDShadowLady, Shay Carl, Hank Green, Rhett & Link, NettyPlays and MiniMuka.
“Stampy Cat resonates with viewers for many reasons, one of the most important being that he has mastered how to be both entertaining and informative,” said Amy Finnerty, head of talent franchise at Maker Studios, in a statement. “Joe saw the impact he had on young viewers and thoughtfully decided to create content that inspired imagination, creating content with purpose. We were thrilled to work with him on another season of the show and know audiences will be just as excited as we are to tag along on his adventures.”
Garrett’s main YouTube channel, Stampylonghead, has more than 7.76 million subscribers and 5.26 billion views. Last year, the 25-year-old British native signed a two-book deal with Edgmont Publishing, which resulted in the October 2015 publication of “Stampy’s Lovely Book,” featuring games, activities, jokes and facts about Stampy Cat and his vlogger friends, aimed at children, ages 4–10.