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Skylanders Academy 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.[3] The series premiered on October 28, 2016 worldwide on Netflix.[4]

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.[5]

As part of a two season partnership, Activision Blizzard Studios announced that Skylanders Academy would air on Netflix.[6] 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.[7] 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]

On August 22, 2018, Season 3 was announced to be released on September 28th. Eric Rogers is stepping down as showrunner, replaced by the showrunning duo of Clayton Sakoda and Ian Weinreich starting with Season 3.[10] [11]

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!

In Season 3, all is not right at Skylanders Academy. After being turned evil at the hands of uber-villain Strykore, Spyro returns as an undercover agent, set on finding an ancient artifact hidden at the Academy that will help his new dark master take over the Skylands! With Kaos out on his own quest to spread evil as a dastardly pirate captain, it will take all of the Skylanders uniting together -- along with some new characters and alliances -- to help Spyro remember the true hero he really is if they have any hope of stopping Strykore and restoring peace to the realm.

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
  • Quentin Lebegue [23] - Storyboards (S3)

Main theme

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

Gallery

Trailers

Clips

Trivia

General Trivia

Academy Intro Skylanders

Artworks of various Skylanders in the Academy TV Series Season 1 intro. These Skylanders have yet to appear in the show.

  • Certain Skylanders and characters do not appear in the series until future seasons,[24] though they are still involved in the story.
  • In the Season 1 intro, there are several artworks of Skylanders within The Book of Skylanders who have yet to appear in the show itself. This includes Gill Grunt, Wrecking Ball, Drobot, Double Trouble, Shroomboom, Chop Chop and Prism Break.
    • Wrecking Ball and Drobot are quickly shown again in the show when the Book of Skylanders's pages are being flipped at points.
    • All characters have the artwork of their latest figure release as of Season 1. Drobot, however, has the artwork of his LightCore version rather than his Series 2, as both were released in the same game lineup.
    • In the second Season, the book aesthetic is replaced by showing the main characters all over Skylands, and the book characters are no longer seen.
  • Flynn, Sal, Fiesta, Tree Rex, Jawbreaker, The Gulper and Dr. Krankcase were characters planned for Season 2, but were cut due to budget reasons.[25]
    • Flynn however is confirmed to appear in Season 3. [26]

Story

  • While in the main canon spells are recited with regular english or gibberish, some spells in the show are in english, with the phrases or each word in reverse.
  • Notable aspects from the Skylanders franchise, such as the existence of Portal Masters, were not included in the spinoff TV series, though they are still mentioned.
  • Unlike in the games, many Skylanders have already retired or retire during the events of the show, though some still have their skills in good shape.

Production

  • The different voice cast of several characters in Skylanders Academy are made to give the show its own separate identity.[7]
  • 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.
    • James Hetfield, Wolfgang's voice actor, would later parody this leak; taking pictures of himself holding a Season 3 script. However, this picture did not have name spoilers.
  • 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.[27]
  • The Season 2 intro was made by the UI and video design company Experience Perception.[28]

References

  1. Eric Rogers' Twitter
  2. Clayton Sakoda's Twitter
  3. Activision Blizzard Launches Activision Blizzard Studios to Create Original Film and TV Content Based on Iconic, Globally-Recognized Franchises
  4. Netflix's Skylanders Academy series to premiere in October
  5. Activision Blizzard Launches Activision Blizzard Studios to Create Original Film and TV Content Based on Iconic, Globally-Recognized Franchises
  6. Skylanders Academy Animated Series Coming to Netflix
  7. 7.0 7.1 Response
  8. Eric Rogers' Twitter tweet #2
  9. 9.0 9.1 Attention All Skylanders! Activision Blizzard Studios Expands “Skylanders Academy” To Season 3
  10. Black Panther, Maniac, and BoJack Horseman coming to Netflix in September
  11. New ‘Skylanders Academy’ Showrunners Tease the Adventures Ahead in Season 3
  12. Chompy Mage Voice Actor
  13. Skylanders Academy Season 2 Summary Reveal
  14. I've always wanted to play a warrior penguin...
  15. Skylanders Academy Writer Responds to Crash Getting a Voice, Talks Season 2, and More - GameSpot
  16. New ‘Skylanders Academy’ Showrunners Tease the Adventures Ahead in Season 3
  17. Josh Thompson's Bio
  18. Cedric Yarbrough's Instagram
  19. Eric Rogers' Twitter QA
  20. Pre-Season 2 Interview with Eric Rogers
  21. So.... notice anything about Dark Spyro??
  22. New ‘Skylanders Academy’ Showrunners Tease the Adventures Ahead in Season 3
  23. [1]
  24. Eric Rogers' Twitter tweet #3
  25. https://twitter.com/EricRogersLA/status/916801115257049088
  26. New ‘Skylanders Academy’ Showrunners Tease the Adventures Ahead in Season 3
  27. "That's the running joke(...)"
  28. Experience Perception's Twitter

External Links

Skylanders Academy