Summer Camp Island

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Summer Camp Island
Summer Camp Island logo.png
Genre
Created byJulia Pott
Directed by
  • Sandra Lee (art)
  • Jisoo Kim (art)
  • Lindsey Pollard (animation)
  • Niki Yang (supervising)
  • Derek Evanick (supervising)
  • Ryan Pequin (supervising)
Voices of
Theme music composer
Opening theme"Summer Camp Island" performed by Oona Laurence, Seo Kim (sometimes),[2][3] Lesley Nicol (S3, 1-4) and Sam Lavagnino (S3, 5-7)
Composers
  • John Enroth
  • Albert Fox
  • Mark Mothersbaugh
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes72 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
Running time11-12 minutes
Production companyCartoon Network Studios
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution (S1)
WarnerMedia Direct (S2-)
Release
Original networkCartoon Network (S1)
HBO Max (S2–)[4]
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format5.1 Surround Sound
Original releaseJuly 7, 2018 (2018-07-07) –
present
External links
HBO Max

Summer Camp Island is an American animated television series created by Julia Pott for Cartoon Network. It was first announced in January 2017 and later had been shopped around at different festivals including Sundance.[5]

Summer Camp Island details the adventures of Oscar and Hedgehog, both of whom are attending the titular Summer Camp Island. It premiered on July 7, 2018, with a 48-hour marathon consisting of the first 20 episodes running over an entire weekend, on both Cartoon Network and Boomerang. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Julia Pott announced that the rest of the first season would premiere in late 2018 on Cartoon Network with another 20 episodes. Those episodes ended up being pushed to 2019, and on May 20, 2019, it was announced that the episodes would premiere on June 23, 2019.[6]

At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Julia Pott announced that the series had been renewed for a second season which premiered exclusively on HBO Max on June 18, 2020. The third season premiered on December 10, 2020.[7]

Synopsis[edit]

Set in a world of anthropomorphic animals, Summer Camp Island follows two childhood best friends Oscar Peltzer, an elephant, and Hedgehog, a mammal of the same name, who are dropped off at a magical summer camp. The camp is a host to many bizarre occurrences, such as camp counselors who are popular girl witches, horses that transform into unicorns, talking sharks, yetis, haunted cabins, post-it notes that lead to other dimensions, and nosey monsters that live under the bed. Oscar and Hedgehog must contend with these out-of-place events and make their stay at camp worthwhile.[8][9]

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Oscar Peltzer (voiced by Justin Felbinger in the pilot and Elliott Smith (The First Day-The Library); Asher Bishop (Spell Crushers-Glow Worm); Antonio Raul Corbo (Season 3 onwards) in the series), an 11 year old anthropomorphic elephant who is best friends with Hedgehog. Oscar tends to be socially awkward and slightly uncomfortable with his new surroundings. However, when he sets his mind to something, he will become determined to perform any task or complete any objective. He has a strong connection to Hedgehog to the point that if she disappeared or something happened to her, he becomes inconsolable, though he does learn to work without her. He believes in order and will do anything to outsmart or outdo Susie, the camp counselor. He lives in New Jersey. He is known to be tone deaf and lactose intolerant. In the episode " Glow Worm ", he is revealed to be a magical glow worm, whose magical ability which is invisible to the naked eye, is capable of making positive and happy events occur when he does something nice, dedicated, considerate and happy and gives magic to other beings.
  • Hedgehog (voiced by Ashley Boettcher in the pilot and Oona Laurence in the series) an 11 year old anthropomorphic hedgehog who is best friends with Oscar. She is the more level-headed and logical of the two. She mostly wants to help Oscar out of his comfort zone, but also wants to outdo Susie. Due to the events of "Hedgehog Werewolf", Hedgehog transforms into a werewolf at the full moon every month doing wolf activities with Betsy and the other werewolves of the island. She has a crush on Max. She lives in New Jersey. After the events of "Spell Crushers", she finally gets her magic wand from Betsy after she passed her Witch Final Exams, but at the episode "The Library", it got confiscated by Susie after she sees her using magic spells with it. Hedgehog enjoys playing music, radio show hosting, science and spells throughout episodes.
  • Susie McCallister (voiced by Julia Pott), an anthropomorphic cat, a witch and lead camp counselor. She can be mean and condescending to the campers at times. Deep down, she does display some responsible and sympathetic behavior, but would rather be rude to the campers. Despite looking and acting as a fifteen-year-old, she is around 400 years old. She loves to tease and torment Oscar and Hedgehog whenever she gets the chance to do it, especially Oscar. She had Hedgehog's wand locked inside Bank of Heartforde's giant safe as she fears Hedgehog is too inexperienced to wield magic yet and worries she could cause chaos and destruction if she misuses her magic. Due to Ramona's orders, she has become Hedgehog's new magic teacher.
  • Alice Fefferman (voiced by Charlyne Yi), an anthropomorphic elephant, a witch and one of the camp's counselors and the most powerful of the three. She serves as Susie's right-hand woman but generally is not as mean to the campers as Susie is. She is very commanding however, and would rather turn everything around her cute just to please her.
  • Betsy Spellman (voiced by Nikki Castillo), an anthropomorphic horse, a witch and one of the camp's counselors. She appears to be the kindest and most down-to-earth of the witches and seems to clash with Susie at times. It is revealed in "Hedgehog Werewolf" that she herself is a werewolf, something she keeps secret from everyone except Hedgehog. She also teaches Hedgehog the ways of magic in secret especially from Susie. In season 3, it is revealed that she is the youngest witch on the island.
  • Max (voiced by Thomas Vaethroeder in the pilot, and Ramone Hamilton in the series), an anthropomorphic bat. He is a fun-loving, wily, and also helpful kid who likes to enjoy the company of Oscar and Hedgehog. However, in the pilot he shows a more aggressive attitude towards Oscar, seeing him as somewhat of a nuisance. Everyone appears to think he is cool because of his backwards cap.

Supporting[edit]

  • Pajamas (voiced by Anna Strupinsky in the pilot and Naomi Hansen in the series[10]), a pair of sentient pajamas owned by Oscar.
  • Pepper Corn (voiced by Sam Lavagnino), an anthropomorphic panda normally seen with his security blanket. He has a somewhat neurotic personality at times.
  • Lucy Thompson (voiced by Indie Nameth), an anthropomorphic aardvark and part yeti. She lives in Manhattan and is very independent. She is unaware of the fact that her mother's letters are actually from Susie. She has a crush on Oscar. She can understand yeti language. Her yeti name is Bagpipes.
  • Oliver (voiced by Andre Robinson), an anthropomorphic dog who is musically gifted.
  • Alexa (voiced by Alexa Nisenson) and Lem Mongello (voiced by Daphne Thomas), two anthropomorphic giraffes who are sisters.
    • Alexa, who is athletic and active. She likes sports very much. Multiple times throughout the series, she is seen watching over and protecting Lem like a parental figure. In "Oscar & Hedgehog's Melody", she is good at knitting during Talent Show rehearsal. In "Computer Vampire", she temporarily became a mountain goat after Oscar failed to finished Fruit Farmer game.
    • Lem, who is the youngest camper. She is shown to have a very strong relationship with her older sister Alexa, even sharing the same cabin as her sibling.
  • Oddjobs (voiced by Aparna Nancherla), an anthropormorphic squirrel who works as postwoman, later morale officer of UMPS.
  • Dr. P. Shark (voiced by Judd Hirsch [Pilot] and Richard Kind [Series]), an anthropomorphic talking shark who lives in the pool by Oscar's cabin. He is revealed to be a therapist.
  • Barb Goldberg (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg), a hard working elf and friend to Oscar and Hedgehog.
  • Howard (voiced by Mike Birbiglia), a grey monster with glasses who inhabits the island. He is friends with Oscar and the other campers.
  • Ava (voiced by Fortune Feimster), a black-spotted dalmatian-like monster who inhabits the island. In "Ava's Yard Sale", it is revealed that she is Blanche's girfriend.
  • Mortimer (voiced by Bobby Moynihan), a blueish grey monster who inhabits the island.
  • Blanche (voiced by Alia Shawkat), a brown horned monster who inhabits the island.
  • Melvin (voiced by Bobby Moynihan), a small orange monster who inhabits the island.
  • Margot (voiced by Kimiko Glenn), a purple winged monster who inhabits the island.
  • Godmonster (voiced by Brenda Vaccaro), a elderly purple monster who inhabits the island.
  • Freddie (voiced by Cole Sanchez), an infant blue monster who lives in Heartforde.
  • Paulette (voiced by Paula Poundstone), a brown monster who works at Heartforde Herald.
  • The Sun (voiced by Melanie Lynskey), a New Zealand accented sun who is indifferent to those around her.
  • The Moon (voiced by Cedric the Entertainer), the friendly moon who is friends with Oscar and Hedgehog.
  • Monster Under the Bed (voiced by Judd Hirsch [Pilot] and Alfred Molina [Series]), a monster who resides under Hedgehog's bed.
  • Sue Peltzer (voiced by Kathleen Wilhoite), an anthropomorphic elephant and Oscar's mother.
  • Andy Peltzer (voiced by Alfred Molina), an anthropomorphic elephant and Oscar's father.
  • Saxophone (voiced by Elijah Wood), an adolescent yeti.
  • Puddle (voiced by Ethan Maher), an alien who is in love with the king of his planet. They later become a couple. Puddle and the King get married in "We'll Just Move the Stars".
  • The King (voiced by Sam Lavagnino), Puddle's boyfriend who later becomes his husband.
  • Ghost the Boy (voiced by Caleb McLaughlin), a ghost and Betsy's ex-boyfriend. His parents are a male same-sex couple.
  • Cinnamon Raisin Toast (voiced by Alia Shawkat), a piece of cinnamon raisin toast who studies journalism.
  • Popular Banana Split (voiced by Nat Faxon), a jock banana split.
  • Jimjams (voiced by Bobby Moynihan), Susie's old pajamas who lives as her roommate.
  • Ramona (voiced by Lesley Nicol; Isobel Chinnery (age 8); Bella Ramsey (age 15)), an anthropomorphic sheep who is Susie's elderly friend that lives in between time.
  • The Werewolf Queen (voiced by Lorraine Bracco), a tiny gray wolf cub who is in reality the leader of the island's werewolf population. After Hedgehog saved her, she bit Hedgehog as a way to say thanks.
  • Stuart Stewartson (voiced by Stephen Root), a hairy dragon and Hedgehog's enemy.
  • Butter Goth (voiced by Alia Shawkat), a butter.
  • Boy Band (voiced by Ethan Maher), a very popular music group of the island.
  • Georgina (voiced by Kate Flannery), an anthropomorphic beaver and artist.
  • Dungeon Doug (voiced by Justin Felbinger). an anthropomorphic dog and the swordsman who is the main protagonist from the book of same name.
  • Skadi (voiced by Betsy Sodaro), a giant and cloud puncher.
  • Malory (voiced by Jo Firestone), an anthropomorphic lizard and a witch.
  • Mrs. Clarinet (voiced by Frances Conroy), yeti musical teacher.
  • Fife (voiced by Jason Maybaum), a young yeti.
  • Xylophone (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson), one of yeti elders.
  • Bassoon (voiced by Doug Benson), one of yeti elders.
  • Lithophone (voiced by Keith David), the largest and oldest yeti of the island.
  • Jabberwock, the creatures that can only be seen between the seconds of the time.

Production[edit]

This is the second original Cartoon Network series to be solely created by a woman, the first being Steven Universe, which was created by Rebecca Sugar.[11]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
14020July 7, 2018 (2018-07-07)Cartoon Network
20June 23, 2019 (2019-06-23)July 21, 2019 (2019-07-21)
220June 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)[12]HBO Max
312December 10, 2020 (2020-12-10)[13]December 24, 2020 (2020-12-24)[14]

Broadcast[edit]

The series premiered on Cartoon Network on July 7, 2018. The show's premiere marathon also happened on Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang on July 7, 2018.[15] The marathon ended on July 9, 2018, at 6:00 AM. The show's premiere marathon also occurred on Teletoon on August 13, 2018. On Cartoon Network Australia and New Zealand, a sneak peek of the series was broadcast on December 15, 2018.[16][17] It premiered on Cartoon Network Southeast Asia/Philippines on January 25, 2019. The show premiered on Cartoon Network UK on March 4, 2019.[18]

  • United States: The show premiered on Cartoon Network and Boomerang as a marathon on July 7, 2018 until July 9, 2018.
  • Canada: Teletoon also premiered the show as a marathon on August 13, 2018.
  • Mexico/Brazil: The show premiered in Latin America on August 18, 2018. The second part of the season 1 premiered on September 2, 2019
  • Middle East: The show premiered on Cartoon Network MENA on October 28, 2018.
  • Germany/Poland: The show premiered on December 1, 2018.
  • The show premiered on Cartoon Network CEE on December 10, 2018.
  • Australia/New Zealand: The show premiered on January 18, 2019.
  • Spain/Portugal: The show premiered on Boing (Spain) and Cartoon Network (Portugal) on January 19, 2019. The second part of the season 1 premiered on July 6, 2019.
  • Taiwan/Philippines/Indonesia/Southeast Asia: The show premiered on January 25, 2019.
  • Turkey: The show premiered on February 4, 2019.
  • United Kingdom/Ireland: The show premiered on Cartoon Network UK and Boomerang on March 4, 2019. The second part of the season 1 premiered in July 2019 and December 2019. and The show premiered on CBBC on January 4, 2021.
  • Italy: The show premiered on April 6, 2019.
  • Hong Kong: The show premiered on TVB Jade in July 2019.
  • France: The show premiered on September 2, 2019 with the title "La Colo Magique".
  • India: It also premiered on India on Cartoon Network India.

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2016 AFI Fest Animated Short Special Jury Mention Julia Pott (for "Pilot") Won
Animated Short Film Nominated
2017 Florida Film Festival Best Short Film Won
Provincetown International Film Festival Best Animated Short Won
San Francisco International Film Festival Best Family Film Won
Best Animated Short Nominated
Sundance Film Festival N/A Nominated
SXSW Film Festival Animated Short Nominated
2018 Common Sense Media Common Sense Seal Summer Camp Island Won[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Julia Pott on Twitter". Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. ^ "King of OOO: Summer Camp Island - main title theme song written..." King of OOO. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Tweet by Elliott Smith @OtherElliott". Twitter. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  4. ^ juliapott (May 9, 2020). "String cup phone system tutorial for HBO max press day. Inspired by the movie Now and Then of course. Summer Camp Island is coming back with a second season available exclusively on HBO Max". Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  5. ^ Amidi, Amid (30 January 2017). "Cartoon Network Orders 'Summer Camp Island' Series by Julia Pott". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Cartoon Network Grows Programming Slate with New Adventure Comedies "Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart" and "Tig N' Seek"". The Futon Critic. May 20, 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.animationmagazine.net/streaming/hbo-max-conjures-magical-third-season-of-summer-camp-island-dec-10/
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (January 30, 2017). "'Summer Camp Island' Series Gets Greenlight From Cartoon Network". Deadline. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Black player (January 31, 2017). "Summer Camp Island". YouTube. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  10. ^ kardis@bakersfield.com, KELLY ARDIS. "TV voice role really the elephant's pajamas for young local actor".
  11. ^ Mufson, Beckett (July 19, 2018). "The New Show 'Summer Camp Island' Will Fill the 'Adventure Time'-Shaped Hole in Your Life". Vice. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Los Angeles Times (May 14, 2020). "(Almost) every show coming to TV this summer. And 29 that aren't". Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  13. ^ The Futon Critic (November 17, 2020). "HBO Max Sets Magical Third Season of "Summer Camp Island" to premiere Dec. 10". Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  14. ^ The Futon Critic (November 17, 2020). "HBO Max Sets Magical Third Season of "Summer Camp Island" to premiere Dec. 10". Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  15. ^ "TV Schedule for Boomerang". TV Passport.
  16. ^ "Summer Camp Island". Foxtel. Foxtel. Retrieved 13 December 2018. On Saturday [15 December] 9:00am - 9:15am
  17. ^ "Summer Camp Island". SKY. SKY Network Television Limited. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Cartoon Network UK Summer Camp Island Premieres On Monday 4th March". RegularCapital.com: Cartoon Network International News. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  19. ^ https://www.commonsensemedia.org/about-us/news/press-releases/common-sense-media-announces-common-sense-seal-tv-honorees-for

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