Kipo and the Age of WonderbeastsSTREAMING It’s the End of the World and She’s Just Fine!: ‘Kipo and
Radford Sechrist and Bill Wolkoff are genuinely excited about presenting their charming new post-apocalyptic survivor to Netflix audiences. After all, the two creators worked hard to make their highly imaginative, funny and endearing 2D-animated series Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts for over four years. The first season of the show, which debuted this week on Netflix, centers on Kipo, a young Korean-American girl (voiced by Karen Fukuhara) who is finding her way in a mysterious world where humans have been forced to live underground and animals have mutated in unexpected ways.
Helping bring Sechrist and his team’s visions to animated life is South Korea’s Studio Mir, best known to U.S. viewers for their work on acclaimed shows such as The Legend of Korra and Voltron Legendary Defenders. “We were looking at some different animation studios, and I was always a huge fan of Studio Mir. They had worked on all my favorite shows and I was super excited to have the possibility to work with them.” According to Sechrist, Studio Mir generates some 22,000 hand drawings per episode for the series. “It’s all drawn on paper and pencil,” he says. “All completely hand-drawn.”
Studio Mir Spreads Some Magic
The production team included five writers in addition to Sechrist and Wolkoff. “For our first season, we had two teams, and each team had a director and three board artists,” says Sechrist. “It takes us about six weeks to board the show. Then our editor would work on the animatic, and we would ship that overseas to Korea. Mir would send us back a full pass, full-color animated, at which point we would do a few retakes — but they would do such a great job. I talked to other people who work on shows, and they were quite surprised at how few the retakes were that we needed to do with Mir.” Approximately 60 people worked on the show at DreamWorks, and about 55 at Mir.