Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim announced today that production has begun on “The Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour!” pilot and revealed the first image from the production along with their official cast announcement. Danger Maiden Productions’ Clare Grant and Rileah Vanderbilt are executive producing and starring alongside original “Team Unicorn” member Milynn Sarley (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Alison Haislip (“Attack of the Show”) as both Team Unicorn and their cartoon counterparts. Jane Lynch (“Glee”) voices the villainous Dark Puba, Alan Tudyk (“Firefly”) voices her sidekick, Chummy Cherub, Tara Strong (“The Fairly Odd Parents”) voices Billy, the boy with the ability to summon Team Unicorn, and Kevin Shinick (“Mad”) is the show’s announcer, a staple of the cartoon shows that inspired the pilot. Check out the photo below!
Dan Milano (“Greg the Bunny”) wrote the pilot, a modern twist on Saturday morning-style cartoon/live action hybrid shows but “Team Unicorn” is definitely for adults. “The Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour!” explores the adventures of the four mythical unicorn heroines who masquerade as human girls. “Robot Chicken” creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich serve as executive producers for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.
Grant and Vanderbilt said, “‘Team Unicorn’ is in the spirit of ‘Sailor Moon’ and ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ with a sprinkling of ‘Voltron’ and ‘Josie and the Pussycats.'” Seth Green directs the pilot, Brian Sheesley (“Dan vs.”) is the animation director and Sean Becker (“Holliston”) is live-action director. The trio are all Emmy Award winners, as are Lynch, Shinick, Senreich, and Milano.
“Team Unicorn” was first introduced to geek and female empowerment fans in 2010 via G33K & G4M3R Girls, written and produced by its original members. The viral video sensation captured a million views in its first week as a geek-centric parody of Katy Perry’s California Gurls music video. More “Team Unicorn” videos followed, including “Alien Beach Crashers,” “SuperHarmony,” “A Very Zombie Holiday” and “For the Win.” “Team Unicorn” has become a staple at comic, SciFi and gaming conventions and panels and as a media authority on the rising popularity of women in geek-oriented media and gaming.
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