Niko and the Sword of Light will swing onto Amazon Prime Video this July.
The animated series, based on the motion graphic comic by Imaginism Studios, Inc., was one of Amazon Studios’ best kids’ TV pilots back in 2014, but wasn’t picked up to series until the following year.
Written by Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks, Teen Titans) and animated by Titmouse (Motorcity, Metalocalpyse, Turbo FAST, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja), it follows ten-year-old Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land.
“It sounds epic, but Hoegee’s script treats the big events with an adorably small eye,” we wrote in our review. “Every grand moment is undermined with a silly quip, while Tom Kenny’s vocals are enjoyably enthusiastic, as Niko gets caught up in his own role as the hero, despite never being able to exit the screen in the right direction. Titmouse’s animations are equally dazzling… at the heart of this sweeping story is the infectious excitement of a young boy playing in his own imagination.”
Alongside Kenny are Andre Robinson (Doc McStuffins), Steve Blum (Star Wars: Rebels), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Penguins of Madagascar), Jim Cummings (Shrek), and Kari Wahlgren (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness).
“We’re excited for kids and families to enter into Niko’s unique, rich world and meaningfully connect with the series characters as they tag along on epic adventures together,” says Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “The series pilot was extremely popular among viewers, who were won over by the show’s quirky engaging storylines and humor, and we can’t wait to present them with many more exhilarating escapades in Season 1.”
It is executive produced by Hoegee, who also serves as showrunner. All episodes will premiere on Friday 21st July on Amazon Prime Video, with the pilot still available to stream for free.