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Skylanders Academy (スカイランダーズ・アカデミー, Sukairandāzu Akademi in Japanese) is a French-American computer-animated spin-off television series based on the Skylanders franchise. It serves as Activision Blizzard Studios' first animated production with Futurama writer Eric Rogers overseeing the creation of the series.[2] The series premiered on October 28, 2016 worldwide on the Netflix network.[3]

The television series is a spinoff to the storyline of the games with no direct tie-ins to sequels, being its own separate identity.[4] Eric Rogers metioned the series being a mixture of Gravity Falls and Futurama.[5]

Production

At an Investor Day presentation on November 6, 2015, Activision Blizzard announced the formation of Activision Blizzard Studios, a film production subsidiary dedicated to creating original films and television series. Headed by former The Walt Disney Company executive Nick van Dyk, Activision Blizzard Studios would look to produce and adapting Skylanders into a film and television series.[6]

As part of a two season partnership, Activision Blizzard Studios announced that Skylanders Academy would air on Netflix.[7] Two seasons were originally planned; season one debuted on October 28, 2016 with a second season coming on October 6, 2017.

The television series is a spinoff to the storyline of the games with no direct tie-ins to sequels, being its own separate identity.[4] Eric Rogers mentioned the series being a mixture of Gravity Falls and Futurama.[8]

On February 2, 2017, Season 3 was announced to be in production.[9]

Plot

As darkness begins to threaten the balance of peace in the Skylands, Master Eon is forced to assemble a ragtag group of heroes to protect the universe from evil-doers Kaos and the Doom Raiders. Using their unique blend of personalities and elemental-based super powers, Spyro and his fellow Skylanders are called upon to set aside egos as they come together to maintain harmony and balance in the land. Jam-packed with humour, heart and memorable moments, Skylanders Academy promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats with epic action for kids of all ages.

Along with a new class of cadets, and newcomers Cynder and Sprocket, the team returns in an action packed Skylanders Academy Season 2 that finds our heroes seeking answers from the past. Spyro begins a search for information about his ancestors in order to harness and understand his special powers. Meanwhile, Kaos’ quest to bring evil rule to the Skylands realms accidentally unleashes a villain more powerful than anything Kaos or the Skylander warriors have ever faced. The Skylanders unite once more for the greatest showdown against evil yet – putting them all to the ultimate test!

Voice cast

Additional voices

Crew

  • Bobby Kotick - Executive Producer
  • John Mathot - Supervising Director
  • Kristi Reed - Voice Director
  • Eric Rogers - Executive Producer
  • Eric S. Rollman - Supervising Producer
  • Sander Schwartz - Executive Producer
  • Stacey Sher - Executive Producer
  • Collette Sunderman - Voice Director
  • Timbaland - Theme Song Performer
  • Toys For Bob - Special Thanks
  • Nick van Dyk - Executive Producer

Main theme

The theme song for Skylanders Academy, Harmony, was composed by Timbaland and performed by Dalton Diehl.

Gallery

Trailers

Clips

Trivia

  • This marks Spyro and Cynder's first appearance in an animated television series.
  • The different voice cast of several characters in Skylanders Academy is made to give the show its own separate identity.[4]
  • Notable aspects from the Skylanders franchise, such as the existence of Portal Masters, were not included in the spinoff TV series.
  • Malefor, Dark Spyro and Strykore were leaked months before their reveal in a photo from Stealth Elf's voice actress, Ashley Tisdale; though the focus of it was the brightly lit recording room, parts of the script for a Season 3 episode could be seen at the bottom of the picture on a table.
  • A running gag in the show involves the characters going unrecognized using simple and nearly non-existent disguises. This is because of the show's budget and CG quality, which would not allow most characters to switch outfits in any way.[18]

References

External Links

Skylanders Academy

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