Adult Swim announced Wednesday that the Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour! pilot has been cast and is in production.
With a Sailor Moon-by-way-of-Power Girl aesthetic, a unicorn theme, geek and gamer tropes galore, voice-over work by Jane Lynch and cartoon vet Tara Strong, and Robot Chicken‘s Seth Green directing the pilot, it might seem they’re trying a little too hard to mainline all that is geeky – but who cares? Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour! sounds like a hoot. The show will see the popular viral video stars come to Adult Swim in a mixed animation/live action show.
Clare Grant and Rileah Vanderbilt of Danger Maiden Productions will both executive produce and star in the show, alongside original Team Unicorn member Milynn Sarley and former Attack of the Show correspondent Alison Haislip. Jane Lynch provides the voice of the villain, and Tara Strong (‘Timmy Turner’ on The Fairly Odd Parents, among her vast VO credits) “voices Billy, the boy with the ability to summon Team Unicorn.”
To get some insight on Team Unicorn‘s sensibilities, you can check out its lineup of videos, which feature luminaries including Green, James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Aisha Tyler, Stan Lee, Weird Al Yankovic, and more.
Team Unicorn’s tagline to date has been “”because unicorns, like geek girls, were not supposed to exist.” While the media announcement doesn’t specifically address Team Unicorn’s position as boosters for women in gaming and all things geek, Grant and Vanderbilt did offer this revealing quote: “Team Unicorn is in the spirit of Sailor Moon and The Powerpuff Girls with a sprinkling of Voltron and Josie and the Pussycats.”
Those four properties exhibit certain milestones for the portrayal of women (or girls) in pop culture, respectively as ass-kicking manga heroes; as delightful, ass-kicking all-ages icons; featuring a princess, always a strong leader, who joins the front lines as a mech lion pilot; and featuring the first female African-American character on a Saturday morning cartoon series, Valerie. (We’d note that this series is described as definitively not for children, though). Not that we’re expecting lofty and ambitious things from Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour!; rather, we’re suggesting that pointing to such as influences potentially bodes well.
We’ll keep you updated as more show details arrive. Are you a fan of Team Unicorn? Excited to see their unique brand of geek on the small screen? Let us know on the GEEK Facebook page or in the comments section below!
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