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OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes is a superhero comedy animated series created by Ian Jones-Quartey for Cartoon Network. It is based off the original pilot "Lakewood Plaza Turbo", originally released May 21, 2013 for Cartoon Network's 2013 Summer Shorts project. The series was originally believed to be a failed pilot due to its lack of information over the past three years since the pilot's debut, aside from some slight hints and sketches of the cartoon. However, later, the voice actress of KO, Stephanie Nadolny, confirmed that the series is in production; with her having already recorded his voice for five episodes thus far.

On February 4, 2016, a mobile game for Android and iOS was created and the web series had premiered on Cartoon Network's YouTube channel[2] and the CN App.[3]

In 2017, nearly 4 years after the original pilot was released, the show was greenlit[4] and first aired on August 1, 2017.[1]

In December 2017, the second season was confirmed to be released.[5]

Origin

While working as a storyboard artist on Steven Universe, Ian came up with an idea for a pitch called "Infinite Guy Generator", where a kid would summon different "guys" every episode to fight the villain's evil guys. When creating the pilot, Ian created a world based on that original idea.

Later, while working as a co-executive producer still on Steven Universe, he used that same idea for a guys generator, that appeared in one episode, which had good reception, caming back later in a second episode of that show.

While developing the OK K.O. mobile game and series, Ian eventually expanded the concept of "guys" to include "gals" and "pals" in this universe. Ian even considered renaming the show "G.U.Y.S. G.A.L.S. and P.A.L.S", but thought it was too long for a title. [6]

Premise

Main article: Episode Guide

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes sets in the year of 201X, K.O. aims his goal into becoming the greatest hero as he works at Gar's Bodega, a hero supply shop located in Lakewood Plaza Turbo owned by Mr. Gar, a serious, dedicated manager. Alongside K.O. are his best friends and co-workers, Enid, a relaxing responsible ninja and Radicles, a narcissitic alien slacker. K.O. takes on adventures with his best friend and classmate Dendy and battles the plaza against Lord Boxman's robots.

Voice Cast

Main Cast

Major Supporting Cast

Supporting Cast

Guest Cast

Former Cast

International Releases

Country Title Premiere
Canada OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes August 1, 2017
Latin America/Brazil OK K.O.! Seamos Héroes (LA)

(OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes)
OK K.O.! Vamos ser Heróis (BR)
(OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes)

September 18, 2017

[7]

United Kingdom OK K.O! Let's Be Heroes October 9, 2017

[8]

Germany OK K.O.! Neue Helden Braucht Die Welt

(OK K.O.! New Heroes in Need of the World)

November 6, 2017

[9]

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) KO OK! Prostě koukej (Czech Republic)

(KO OK! Just Watch)
OK K.O.! Legyünk Hõsök! (Hungary)
(OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes!)
OK, K.O.! Să Fim Eroi! (Romania)
(OK, K.O.! Let's Be Heroes!)

November 6, 2017
Northern Europe (Nordic) OK K.O. Vi Er Helte! (Denmark)

(OK K.O. We Are Heroes!)
OK K.O.! La Oss Redde Verden (Norway)
(OK K.O.! Let's Save the World)
OK K.O.! Nu Blir Vi Hjältar (Sweden)
(OK K.O.! Now We Are Heroes)

November 6, 2017

[10]

Portugal OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes November 10, 2017
Africa OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes November 18, 2017

[11]

Poland OK K.O.! Po prostu walcz

(OK K.O.! Just Fight On)

November 2017
Russia and Southeast Europe Окей, Кей О! Будем героями! (Russia)

(OK, K O! Let's Be Heroes!)
ОК, Кей О! Да бъдем герои (Bulgaria)
(OK, K O! Let's Be Heroes!)

November 2017[12]
The Netherlands OK K.O! Jij Wordt Een Held

(OK K.O.! You Are a Hero)

December 2017
Korea OK K.O! 내일은 히어로

(OK K.O.! Hero Tomorrow)

January 1, 2018

[13]

Australia OK K.O! Let's Be Heroes January 6, 2018

[14]

Phillippines OK K.O! Let's Be Heroes January 6, 2018

[15]

South East Asia OK K.O! Let's Be Heroes January 20, 2018

[16]

Spain OK K.O! Let's Be Heroes February 5, 2018

[17]

Turkey OK K.O! Kahraman Olalım''

(OK K.O.! Be a Hero)

February 5, 2018

[18]

Japan

OK K.O.! めざせヒーロー


(OK K.O.! Aim to be the Hero)

July 1, 2018

[19]

Trivia

  • One of the most well known qualities about this cartoon is its protagonist, K.O., who is voiced by Stephanie Nadolny; an actor better known for her role as Kid/Preteen Goku, and Kid/Preteen Gohan from the Dragon Ball (1986-1989), Dragon Ball Z (1989-1996) and Dragon Ball GT (1996-1997) TV series.
    • In the pilot, she even references the anime with her new character's traits. Such as:
      • Being really enthusiastic, kindhearted and wholeheartedly righteous.
      • Always wanting to pick a fight to test his powers.
      • Screams at an incremental rate as he charges up an attack.
  • The show is often compared to the 2016 anime My Hero Academia as they are both animated superhero adventure series about a young hero-in-training in a world where it's the norm.
    • Along with the synopsis, many have pointed out the similarities between the main characters.
      • Protagonist K.O and Deku are similar as they are young, prepubescent boys wanting to become heroes in their respective worlds, have a tendency to cry, and a need to help others out.
      • Dendy and Asui Tsuyu are similar as they serves as friends to the protagonists with frog-like features.
  • According to Ian Jones-Quartey, it takes the storyboarders to draw and write for 5 weeks and revisions department to add details and extra animation for 3 weeks after. [20]
  • The show has a few references to another Cartoon Network show, Steven Universe.
Steven Universe Hidden OK KO game

Videos

Reference Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 "OK KO! Has an official non-vague on-air release date! AUGUST 1ST at 6:30PM!!! See you there!!!" - @ianjq on Twitter
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAW07aPQMFk
  3. http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/ok-ko/ko-episode.html
  4. https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/03/cartoon-network-studios-greenlights-ok-k-o-lets-be-heroes-animated-series/
  5. https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/938834682728218624
  6. http://ianjq.tumblr.com/post/163646366819/steven-universes-guys-and-ok-ko-lets-be
  7. https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/08/cartoon-network-latin-america-and-cartoon-network-brazil-september-2017-highlights/
  8. https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/09/cartoon-network-uk-new-show-ok-k-o-lets-be-heroes-premieres-monday-9th-october/
  9. https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/10/cartoon-network-germany-and-boomerang-germany-november-2017-highlights/
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ1eoML9ih8/
  11. http://prsdube16.blogspot.com/2017/10/its-moment-you-all-been-waiting-for.html
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEbmqp8NMOg/
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_429uuwe31k/
  14. https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/10/cartoon-network-australia-and-boomerang-australia-january-2018-highlights/
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeouyT9Q5mk/
  16. https://www.facebook.com/cartoonnetworkasia/videos/1688708764483773/
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26rTz_FWcpo/
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs_FTF97BYI/
  19. https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/1012558635677855744
  20. https://twitter.com/ianjq/status/975871838600376321