Adult Swim is looking to clone the success of its highest-rated show, “Robot Chicken,” with “Titan Maximum,” a new comedy series from the creative team behind “Robot” that shares DNA with its predecessor: It too is a stop-motion animation series about robots.
“Titan,” which will launch in September with an initial order of nine episodes, was created by “Robot” co-head writer/producer Tom Root and co-creator/exec producer Matthew Senreich.
“Robot” co-creator/exec producer Seth Green will voice the show’s villain and exec produce with Root and Senreich.
The voice cast of the series also includes “Robot” players Breckin Meyer as Titan Maximum, Rachael Leigh Cook, Dan Milano and Eden Espinosa.
“Titan” is set 100 years in the future, when Saturn’s moon Titan is defended by an elite squadron of young, brash pilots whose spaceships combine to form the giant robot Titan Maximum. Because of budget cuts, the team has been disbanded but must hastily reassemble when a former team member turns rogue and tries to conquer the solar system.
With “Titan,” the creators pay homage to the 1980s Japanese animated cartoons.
“There were always teams of extraordinary young people with the fate of the universe in their hands,” Root said. “In reality, that would end terribly. The last thing you want when giant monsters attack is a bunch of teenagers in charge of defending you. ‘Titan Maximum’ is about what would really happen if a team of idiot kids was in charge of a 6-story-tall robot.”
Unlike “Robot Chicken,” which is a sketch series, “Titan” has a permanent set of characters and continuous story lines.
Adult Swim brass liked that about the new show. “We also really liked the idea of taking a classic Japanese-style anime-fighting-robot scenario and doing a comic take on it,” vp production Keith Crofford said.
“Titan” is produced by Green and Senreich’s Stoopid Monkey Prods. and ShadowMachine Films, whose Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico will serve as producers.
Root will lead the writing staff, which includes Senreich and comic book writers Geoff Johns of DC Comics and Zeb Wells of Marvel Comics. Chris McKay will direct, and Eric Blyler will be co-producer.