Re: RollBots Worthiness

MCMSunday, February 8, 2009

I will quit writing about RollBots soon, I swear.

I've been getting a lot of email about RB101, so I wanted to try and address one of the primary questions about the series before people go jumping to conclusions...

This is a show for kids, but it's a more complex series than you might expect. Sure, there's potty humour and slapstick and (let's be honest) some juvenile-sounding one-liners, but a lot of that will melt away as the series progresses, so you're looking at a much more sophisticated series than you started with.

There's a history to this city that isn't explained fully in season 1 (let alone in the first few episodes). Characters in this show have pasts that are long and complex, and even when you think you understand them, you probably don't. There is a major storyline that spreads 26 episodes, but you probably won't be able to see it until the halfway mark or later. There's a moment in an episode in 122 that won't make sense until season 4. It's a VERY fine-crafted series. This is like "Lost" with robots (and significantly less death).

I felt I needed to say this because a lot of people see 101 and think we're making a purely popcorn show. It's definitely got its popcorn qualities, but I think it's vital for a kids show to start of with the candy coating, and become more sophisticated as it goes. If we started off too dark and brooding, kids would tune out. We want them to join Spin's world as Spin sees it, and then have that world chipped away, the way it is for him. It takes time to do that, so if you're watching the series and thinking it's too young for your liking, give it a few more episodes before you really judge. It's all part of the plan.

Oh, and in case I haven't been blunt enough about it: tell everyone you know to watch RollBots, please! One way or another, it's all good with me ;)

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