Victor & Valentino | Minisode | Cartoon Network
The first of two new animated pilots recently released by Cartoon Network, Victor & Valentino is the mind-child of storyboard artist Diego Molano (The Powerpuff Girls) that finds two half-brothers stuck together by circumstance, their grandmother and the supernatural. Stumbling into the labyrinthian Realm of the Dead, they must work together in order to make it out alive. While the pilot has been aptly compared to Gravity Falls in tone, it’s nonetheless great to see CN taking a chance on a show so heavily influenced by another culture.
Infinity Train | Minisode | Cartoon Network
Created by storyboard artist Owen Dennis (Regular Show)—I’m sensing a trend here—Infinity Train is the second pilot to recently emerge from CN’s development program. Featuring an intelligent female lead in the vein of Velma from Scooby Doo, the short finds a girl named Tulip and her robotic companion “One-One” trapped on a train whose infernal configuration of carriages consists of an endless series of dimensional doorways and curious puzzles.
SUPER ROBOT FIGHT PLANET
Continuing our “pilots” theme this week, SUPER ROBOT FIGHT PLANET was actually more of a teaser video created by Payton Curtis and Julianna Cox of Mechanical Farm Animation as part of a stop-motion animated series pitch 10 years ago. The premise is pretty simple: savage robots stranded on a hostile planet must either make friends or right to the death in order to survive…I’m guessing we would’ve seen more of the latter.