Spy Kids: Mission Critical

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Spy Kids: Mission Critical
Spy Kids - Mission Critical logo.png
GenreAdventure
Comedy
Created byMichael Hefferon
Robert Rodriguez
F.M De Marco
Sean Jara
Based onSpy Kids
by Robert Rodriguez
Developed byF.M De Marco
Voices of
Composer(s)Jared Gutstadt
Joel S. Silver
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)F.M. De Marco
David L. Glasser
Michael Hefferon
Keith Levine
Marvin Peart
Robert Rodriguez
Jill Sanford
Matthew Signer
Producer(s)Andrew Egiziano (supervising producer)
Paulette Victor-Lifton (co-producer)
Sharan Wood (line producer)
Running time23–25 minutes
Production company(s)Dimension Television
Mainframe Studios
DistributorLantern Entertainment
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20) – present (present)
Chronology
Preceded bySpy Kids: All the Time in the World
External links
Website

Spy Kids: Mission Critical is a computer-animated adventure-comedy television series based on the Spy Kids franchise, and is a reboot of the franchise. Its first season was released on Netflix on April 20, 2018.[1]

Before the series was released, it was renewed for a second season, which is scheduled to air on November 30, 2018.[2]

Plot[edit]

In Mission Critical, brother-and-sister team Juni and Carmen Cortez attend Spy Kids Academy, a top secret spy school for kid agents. When a new counter-spy agency threatens the safety of the world, it will be up to junior spies Juni and Carmen to train and lead a team of fellow Spy Kids cadets against the forces of S.W.A.M.P. (Sinister Wrongdoers Against Mankind's Preservation) and their diabolical leader, Golden Brain. The Mission Critical team may not be ready, but they are the only ones to call when grown-up spies can't do the job.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Production[edit]

On June 16, 2016, Netflix announced an animated Spy Kids television show entitled Spy Kids: Mission Critical with The Weinstein Company set to be released in 2018.[4] The first and second seasons will both consist of 10 episodes[5] and will be produced by Mainframe Studios.[6]

The series was announced by Mike Fleming, Jr. and created by Michael Hefferon and Sean Jara on May 6, 2015, with the villains being described “as colorful” as the protagonists, and the series is said to contain “as much comedy as wish fulfillment.”[7] FM DeMarco will be head writer of the series.[8] WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.'s Vancouver-based Mainframe Studios, the TV division of Rainmaker Entertainment, will be partnering with the Weinstein Company to produce the series,[9][10] with the series being described as a "multi season commitment".[11] On September 22, 2017, John Tellegen, one of the writers of the show, announced its release date as January 2018.[12] Robert Rodriguez and Bob Weinstein will serve as executive producers due to Harvey Weinstein firing, making it the first Weinstein Company title not to have Harvey’s involvement.

In August 2017, new information on the series including cast, crew, episodes and logo, has leaked on its IMDb page. That same month, Ashley Bornancin, Carter Hastings, Travis Turner, Mira Sorvino, Tom Kenny and Christian Lanz announced on Twitter and Instagram that they would be voicing Carmen, Juni, PSI, Ingrid, Golden Brain and Gregorio respectively. The first and second seasons will both consist of 10 episodes and the running time will be 22 minutes. On December 2017, Christian Lanz said on Twitter he'll be voicing Fegan Floop.[13] FM De Marco stated on Twitter that he has had "many inspirations for the series but it has its own very specific style and attitude". He also stated that it will have a nice mix of all kinds of humor, and it will have great characters old and new. In April 2018, Travis Turner faced controversy for being cast as the voice of PSI, a black character, since Travis himself is white.[14] However, two days later he issued an apology via his Twitter.[15][16] On April 18, 2 days before the show's launch, the Weinstein Company was removed as distributor. Dimension Television, a division of Dimension Films, took over production for the first 2 seasons and is credited. Bob Weinstein's name was also removed from the show.

Four weeks after the show's launch, showrunner F.M De Marco and story editor/writer John Tellegan confirmed future plans, ideas, and a script for future seasons, but for right now the show will be a 2 season arc.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

The first trailer for the series was released a week before the show's premiere and was met with mixed reactions.[citation needed] Upon release, the series received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, but received praise for Bornancin, Hastings, and Kenny's performances as Carmen, Juni, and Golden Brain.[citation needed]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Mission Critical"Ian FreedmanFM De MarcoApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
2"School Dazed"Ian FreedmanFM De MarcoApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
3"Song in the Key of Pain"Mike Alcock & Ian FreedmanMark HoffmeierApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
4"Desert-ed"Craig George & Ian FreedmanSam CheringtonApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
5"Frenemies for Life"Mike Alcock & Ian FreedmanFM De MarcoApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
6"And Scene!"Craig George & Ian FreedmanRicky RoxburghApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
7"Inner-Childlike Behavior"Mike Alcock & Ian FreedmanJohn TellegenApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
8"The Vinyl Countdown"Mike Alcock & Ian FreedmanJustin HalliwellApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
9"Off the Grid"Craig George & Ian FreedmanJohn TellegenApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
10"The Cookie Crumbles"Craig George & Ian FreedmanFM De MarcoApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Danette Chavez (March 20, 2018). "Here's what's coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in April". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "New to Netflix for November 2018". IGN. October 24, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6714408/plotsummary?ref_=ttfc_ql_stry_2
  4. ^ Brian Steinberg (June 16, 2016). "Netflix Readies Animated 'Spy Kids,' 'Llama Llama' Series (EXCLUSIVE)". Varietyaccessdate=July 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "And just like that we are underway on mixing our second season episodes of Spy Kids: Mission Critical #SpyKidsMC18 First up - ep. 3!". November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Pinto, Jordan (March 24, 2017). "Wow! Unlimited inks deal with Weinstein Co, Netflix". Playback. Brunico Communications. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (May 6, 2015). "Weinstein Company's Next TV Foray: Animated Family Series 'Spy Kids,' 'Gnomes' And 'Reboot'". Deadline. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Spy Kids: Mission Critical". Netflix. June 16, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "WOW Unlimited Media has Strong Debut After 100 Days". Market Wired. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Wow's Castlevania gets season two". Playback. July 10, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "National Geographic, Shawn Carter and The Weinstein Company to Partner on New Global Series RACE (W.T.)". Yahoo! Finance. April 20, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  12. ^ John Tellegen (September 22, 2017). "Hey everyone. Tellegen here. Just wanted to plug my new show Spy Kids: Mission Critical coming to Netflix in Jan. more to come". Twitter. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  13. ^ Christian Lanz (January 5, 2018). "Happy New Year! #SpyKidsMC18 #GregorioCortez #FeganFloop #SpyDad". Twitter. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  14. ^ http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2018/04/white-spy-kids-actor-says-he-can-voice-black-character-because-hes-urban
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/travisturner87/status/986739856213655552
  16. ^ http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/20/white-actor-apologises-defending-black-spy-kids-character-urban-remarks-7485029/

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