The Mighty Ones follows the hilarious adventures of four tiny-but-mighty best friends — Rocksy, Twig, Leaf, and Very Berry. These pals live in an unkempt backyard belonging to a trio of equally unkempt humans, and they see their tiny world as one huge, never-ending adventure. The new show premieres on Hulu and Peacock this November 9, and from the minute the first trailer was released, viewers knew this wasn’t an ordinary kids show.
These are edgy adventures, which makes sense given that the show’s creators/executive producers are Sunil Hall and Lynne Naylor hail from such programs as The Ren & Stimpy Show, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Mighty B!, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and South Park — just to name a few.
Parentology asked Hall and Naylor about the show and what viewers (and parents) can expect.
What would you say the viewing age is for The Mighty Ones?
Sunil Hall (SH): That depends on your family. This show is a bit edgy. In my household, it’s just right for my 7-year-old, but there are layers of humor in the show that are meant to appeal to an older audience as well. As always, I suggest that parents watch with their children and determine if the show is right for their family..
Lynne Naylor (LN): I think 6-12. Parents and adults will get a laugh out of it, too. The Mighty Ones really is silly, fun humor that can be enjoyed by the whole family. There may be some jokes that go over kids’ heads, but there’s lots of silly cartoon humor that all ages will enjoy. Some scenes may be a bit intense for preschool-age kids, especially sensitive ones.
What was the inspiration behind the series?
LN: We were inspired by how stories would play out in a backyard with the smallest things living there. We thought it would be great to create more adventure with our guys, who don’t understand the human world and are making their way through it with their own interpretations of what they find there. We liked the naivety and humor that our characters would express when they encounter all the larger challenges of their fantastical world.
SH: The series was [also] inspired by our experience as kids playing in our backyards and creating our own worlds out there. The characters were inspired in many ways by the interesting, colorful people we work with in the animation industry.
Is there an overall theme to the series you want viewers to take from it?
LN: I’d like to see kids and families get a break and have a few laughs and fun with the stories [when they] join The Mighty Ones adventures.
SH: I hope kids are inspired to look at their own backyards from a different perspective. Go poke their face in the grass and see what interesting things are down there! Leaves and twigs can become characters and your yard can become an infinite world to explore when you use your imagination.
The Mighty Ones features the voices of Jessica McKenna (Little Big Awesome) as Rocksy, Alex Cazares (The Boss Baby: Back in Business) as Very Berry, Jimmy Tatro (Modern Family) as Leaf, and Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Twig. The show premieres November 9 for streaming on both Hulu and Peacock. Learn more about The Mighty Ones show on the DreamWorks website.