Paramount + went where no streaming platform has gone before during its “Peak Animation” panel at Comic-Con @ Home 2021. The virtual event opened with an appearance from the cast and crew. ‘equipped with Star Trek: Prodigy, a kid-friendly introduction to the long-standing science fiction myth.
Developed and produced by Dan and Kevin Hageman, the show follows a group of six alien crew aboard a spaceship, though these characters do not act within Starfleet confines. According to director and co-executive producer Ben Hibon, Prodigy – which is a co-production between Nickelodeon Animation Studio and CBS Studios – is not restricted to young viewers.
“Yes, he has, in essence, the ambition to tell this story from a child’s perspective and to focus on that entry point for a whole new generation of Trek fans, ”he explained.“ But it wasn’t designed just for kids. It’s just designed for animation lovers, for science fiction fans. The ambition of the show is for children to watch it with their parents and vice versa. “
“We knew people were going to watch our show and say, ‘Oh, that’s the little brother or the little sister of the Star Trek universe, ”added Dan Hageman. “We wanted to be that little brother or sister who smacks of big brother and says, ‘Don’t underestimate us. “”
The vocal cast includes Rylee Alazraqui (Rok-Tahk), Brett Gray (Dal), Angus Imrie (Zero), Jason Mantzoukas (Jankom Pog), Ella Purnell (Gwyn) and Dee Bradley Baker (Murf). Kate Mulgrew will reprise the role of Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager.
“I was part of [the franchise] for over 25 years, ”Mulgrew said. “The Hagemans are well aware that this has changed my life. So when this was offered to me awhile ago, after a moment of deliberation, I thought, “What better way than to pass this on to the next generation?” To a demographic that so far has known nothing about Star Trek? ‘ The beauty of it; the philosophy of it; the depth of it; the hope and promise of it. If there’s one age group that’s going to take this thing and embrace it with an unprecedented heart, it’s young children. “
Star Trek: Prodigy lands on Paramount + later this year. Watch the trailer here.
Discover the full panel below:
Season 2 of Star Trek: Lower Bridges occupies the second half of the panel.
“I think we kind of crescendo at the end of season 1 in a really cool way,” said creator / executive producer Mike McMahan. “We left a lot of really cool bills to pay with the characters and with what’s going on in the world. We keep adding. There’s a really good mix of seriousness. Trek and silly Trek … You will see familiar faces, you will discover new things … I’m so excited for August because we’ve been living with this for so long and can’t wait to share it with everyone. If you like Star Trek, you are going to have 10 new ones Star Trek episodes you don’t see coming, no matter how hard you try to extrapolate what we did. “
When it comes to familiar faces, be sure to keep your ears outstretched for guest appearances from the pillar. Trek veterans like Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris) and Jeffrey Combs (voicing evil computer).
Actor Tawny Newsome (Ensign Beckett Mariner) has blurted out that season 2 also features “slightly different uniform glimpses” of Starfleet. “I’m not saying when or where, but it’s so cool for me to see animated form just a different Starfleet [uniforms]. When we did ADR the other day, I was like, ‘This is what we look like ?!’ It’s really cool.”
The second season arrives on Paramount + on Thursday, August 12. Watch the new trailer here.
A third season has already received the green light.
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