Oddballs (TV series)

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Oddballs
Oddballs Logo.png
Genre
Created by
Voices of
ComposerBen Bromfield
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producers
  • James Rallison
  • Ethan Banville
  • Carl Faruolo
  • Michael Zoumas
  • Matthew Berkowitz
  • Aaron Behl
  • Jennifer Twiner McCarron
Producers
  • Sarah Soh (supervising)
  • Alex Cichon (supervising)
  • Caroline Lagrange (line)
  • Tini Wider (line)
EditorMegan McShane
Running time17–20 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNetflix Streaming Services
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Original releaseOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07) –
present

Oddballs (stylized in all caps) is an animated adventure-comedy streaming television series created by James Rallison and Ethan Banville for Netflix produced by Netflix Animation and Atomic Cartoons.[1] The series debuted on October 7, 2022.[2][3][4] The show features a total of twelve 17–20 minute episodes in its first season.[5] On January 18, 2023, it was announced a second season will be released on February 24, 2023.[6]

Premise[edit]

The series takes place in the fictional Dirt, Arizona, following the main protagonist James, often partnered with his best friends, a dimwitted crocodile named Max and (as of the fourth episode) a time travelling girl named Echo. James' rants and questioning of social norms often result in disaster each episode.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • James Rallison as
    • James, a fictionalized version of Rallison, similar to the animations on Rallison's YouTube channel. He is a bubble-shaped teenage boy who enjoys insane misadventures and going on rants, including subjects like toasters, trophies and line cutting.
    • Sagu, the talking cactus that houses James' trailer/tree-house.
  • Julian Grant as Max, an anthropomorphic and dimwitted crocodile who is James' next-door neighbor and best friend. Max was previously seen in the music video for Rallison and David Brown's song Life is Fun.
  • Kimberly Brooks as Echo, a time-traveling teenage girl who comes from the future and loves eating food, as she comes from a future where processed food went extinct as the result of one of James and Max's actions.
  • Carl Faruolo as
    • Greg, Max's "father"
    • Stuart, a stereotypical bully slime who is capable of possessing people and a proficient chess player.
  • Erika Ishii as
    • Jenna, Max's "sister" who works at the "uBreakIdon'tjudge" electronics repair shop.
    • Liv, Max's "mother" who shows a cold and calculating demeanor towards him.
  • Kari Wahlgren as Toasty, an artificially intelligent toaster created by James and Max who went rogue.
  • Harland Williams as Patrick, James' father who is usually mild-mannered and submissive.
  • Debra Wilson as Louise, James' mother who is an astrophysicist that shows a stricter attitude towards her son.
  • Gary Anthony Williams as Mr. McFly, an anthropomorphic fly who is a teacher at the Dirt school.
  • Nicolas Cantu as
    • Smooth Jason
    • Wrinkly
  • Emily Eiden as Maz Scare-ah, a goth unicorn.
  • Fred Stoller as Foodball Joe
  • Parvesh Cheena as Principal Loudspeaker
  • Stephen Stanton as Chef Throgbort
  • Misty Lee as Roxanne
  • Paul Rugg as
    • Dr. Bolster
    • Clerk
  • Bob Bergen as Geefus
  • Jane Lynch as Grandma
  • Ethan Banville as Bob Awman
  • Courtenay Taylor as Dr. Squats
  • Ryan George as Byron Sellers

Production[edit]

Series creators James Rallison and Ethan Banville pitched the series to Netflix in early 2020, with the service picking up the series in August of that year. According to Rallison, the entire production of the series occurred remotely, amid studios locking down during the COVID-19 pandemic.[2][7]

Rallison announced the series in a YouTube video on June 23, 2022,[8] alongside a sneak peek of it. He also said in the video that the show would premiere later in the year.[9] On September 16, 2022, an official trailer for it's first season was released on Rallison, Banville and Netflix's YouTube channels, with an official release date of October 7 announced.[4] Later the same month, Rallison uploaded a YouTube video titled "Pitching a Show", which goes over his process pitching the show and the show's screenwriting bible.[7] On January 25, 2023, an official trailer for it's second season was released on Banville and Netflix's YouTube channels.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
112October 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)

Season 1 (2022)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Raising Toasty"Carl FaruoloJames Rallison, Ethan Banville & Carl FaruoloOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
James and Max have a sleepover and plan on making the perfect breakfast by making the perfect toast. However, the toaster ends up burning the bread, leaving Max and James frustrated. James proposes the idea of making a "smart toaster", and so they insert an AI chip into the toaster to create one. After he creates the smart toaster, it becomes sentient with a childlike personality whom they name Toasty. James and Max try to raise Toasty, but due to their differing backgrounds they disagree on the best ways to do it, and begin arguing. As a result, Toasty turns evil and starts attacking them with toast. James and Max try to stop him, but Toasty escapes and runs to a bread factory. James catches up to him and calms him, secretly removing his AI chip, which deactivates Toasty. As a final act, Toasty creates the perfect piece of toast. Back at James and Max's tree-house, they throw the AI chip and Toasty in the trash, but afterwards the AI chip falls into Toasty and he becomes sentient again without their knowledge.
22"Breaking and Entering"Jouchelle MirandaJames Rallison, Ethan Banville & Carl FaruoloOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
James wants a smartphone instead of his old and broken flip phone, and so he tries to convince his mom to buy him one. He tells Max that he'll give him his old one. Begrudgingly, his mom brings him to the lab where she works and fuses him with a smartphone, telling him that if he can go 24 hours without damaging himself, she will get him a smartphone. James, excited, decides to use his smartphone body to do things like instant cake delivery, show baby photos of his teacher Mr. McFly (which leads to him being fired), and give a restaurant a 1-star review. However, right when he's about to go home, Max high-fives him, cracking his hand. Max takes James to his sister to fix him in exchange for food from the restaurant he rated 1 star. To get the food, James must apologize to the owner of the restaurant and is painfully burned being used as a thermometer, but afterwards he gets fixed. Max's sister also fixes James' flip phone for Max to use. James rides home with Mr. McFly, who became a rideshare driver after he lost his job at the school. When James gets home, he accidentally confesses to his mom what happened. Max then angrily throws the flip phone to James, cracking him again.
33"Wanted Dead or Fly"Annisa Adjani & Sarah SohDarin HenryOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
While procrastinating on homework, James kills a fly that is interrupting. The next day, James and Max find out their teacher Mr. McFly's grandma went missing around James' house and he's starting a search party, causing James and Max to believe they might have killed her. When they get home, James buries the body, returning to find that Max has murdered several more flies. When they go to a store to get a shovel, Mr. McFly comes in and tells the cashier that 8 more family members have gone missing. When they begin to go home they are pursued by Mr. McFly, who then comes to James' house with tools. When James confesses, Mr. McFly informs him that his grandma was just holding a party that he wasn't invited to and James' parents had hired him to clean their gutters. The next day, James is arrested after Max confesses to the police out of panic. James exercises in prison before he is released and meets up with Max. They are then chased by a horde of mosquitoes after James kills one of them.
44"Line Cutters"Chelsea KerDarin HenryOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
James and Max are in line to eat ribs when suddenly a girl who claims to be from the future cuts in front of the line. James tells Roxanne, a sentient rock police officer, about the situation, but she sends all three to the back of the line. The girl says she is named Echo and that she came from a future where processed food doesn't exist. She also says that a mysterious doctor in James' time period began the chaos in the future. James doesn't believe her, but Max does. James then plays Rock Paper Scissors with Roxanne, saying that if he wins, he can return to his position in line, but if he loses he gets kicked out. James loses. Echo says that the cooks who made the ribs are aliens who plan on eating the humans. Max, desperate, sneak to where the ribs are located, and the trio eats them. Despite this, the cook finds them and reveals himself to be an alien. The aliens capture James and Max and prepare to eat them, but Echo defeats the aliens after James admits she was right about their true nature all along. The aliens leave and they have the ribs to themselves, but before they can eat, Roxanne discovers them. James plays another round of Rock Paper Scissors with Roxanne, but he loses again and the trio are kicked out.
55,"Boy with 2 Brains"Sarah SohEthan BanvilleOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
James discovers that a group of lockers, including his, have been downsized so that the trophy case can be expanded to hold more participation trophies. While James complains about trophies having no worth anymore, Stuart, a slime kid, attacks Mr. McFly for giving him a D. When James shoves a bunch of trophies out of the way to fit his books on the shelf, one of them hits Stuart, freeing Mr. McFly, who then awards James the Nicest Person Award. Stuart, looking to exact his revenge, enters James' body by making his body a liquid in James' trophy for him to drink. James, controlled by Stuart, wreaks havoc on Dirt. James, despite being controlled by Stuart, tries to keep his role as the nicest person, but constantly fails. Max and Echo attempt to help James by performing an exorcism on him. In the exorcism, they read a children's book to Stuart and give him hot sauce, but they fail to get Stuart to leave. Eventually, James realizes that Stuart just wanted an award, changes his award from Nicest Person to Wurst Person, and gives it to Stuart, convincing him to leave his body.
66"Emo like the Wolfstank"Annisa AdjaniNick LopezOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
In the locker room, Max is applying deodorant when James comes in upset he doesn't have a "thing", such as Max being king of the Competitive Feelings Squad. James complains about sweating for the first time and puts deodorant on his face, to Max's disgust. James' eyes begin to water, which he gets bullied for by Stuart. However, he stands up to Stuart and Stuart gives up. Mr. McFly is impressed and allows James to join the Competitive Feeling Squad for the big competition the next day. James officially joins, allowing him to find his thing. James celebrates, but Max becomes angry with him because he stole his spotlight in the club by using the deodorant to cheat. The next day at the competition James is pulled aside by Mr. McFly who introduces Smooth Jason, Max's opponent, to James. Roxanne announces Smooth Jason against Max in the topic "Honesty in Sports". They both talk and Smooth Jason wins. James comes over to help and argues with Smooth Jason and wins. After winning one of the rounds, he finds he's run out of deodorant and goes to his stash, where he is confronted by Max. He refuses to give James the deodorant, still angry that he's stolen his "thing". James eventually gets it. James and Smooth Jason go against each other in the final round, a debate about stealing your best friend's "thing". James confesses to cheating and then gives a speech about how it's Max's "thing". Smooth Jason has a meltdown, calling James a cheater, but the flower he wears is discovered to be an onion that helps his eyes water, resulting in both competitors being disqualified for cheating. James and Max reconcile as Mr. McFly laments that he still can't win, and thanks to this he wins the prize himself and mocks Smooth Jason.
77"Behind Frenemy Lines"Jouchelle MirandaValencia ParkerOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
As James and Max enter the RV at the top of Sagu, Max asks if Echo has found a place to live yet. James reveals he's allowing Echo to live there. They enter to find the place a wreck with trash everywhere, as Echo eats snacks and plays a video game. James is unable to tell her how he feels, leading to him becoming incredibly passive-aggressive. James claims Sagu is now a protected species, causing Echo to move into James' house, much to his chagrin. Echo begins to unintentionally irritate James by eating his favorite donuts, throwing her stuff everywhere, interrupting his favorite show and moving into his room. James and Echo get into a fight, leading to James confessing he lied and finally telling Echo how he feels. Realizing her mistakes, Echo agrees to clean up her mess and the two make up.
88"Pillow Fight Club"Jouchelle MirandaDarin HenryOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
On the advice of Dr. Bolster, the parents of Dirt decide to ban all risky activities, preventing the kids from releasing their energy through play. James, Max and Echo decide to have pillow fights in secret in order to have an outlet. They soon decide to bring the other kids into the group and start an underground pillow fight club in the RV. Unfortunately, Max's parents eventually discover his involvement and take him to Dr. Bolster's laboratory, where he is held captive. James and Echo assemble a squad called "Pillow Team Six" to rescue him from the lab. Using their pillow fighting skills, they infiltrate the lab and reach the area where Max is being held. There they are confronted by their parents and Dr. Bolster. Before they are captured, James throws his special pillow to break the glass suspension tank where Max is being held, freeing him. Max, now enraged from having been unable to destress, starts destroying the lab and attacking Dr. Bolster and his guards. The squad fights Max with their pillows in order to make him calm down. Their parents, having watched the situation unfold, decide to abandon Dr. Bolster's advice and join in the pillow fight.
99"Grandma's Boy"Chelsea KerKathleen Chen & Brian PolkOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
James is playing video games when he gets a present from his grandmother, which he is disappointed to find is a hoop with a stick, the same thing he always gets from her. He decides to find where she lives and goes to her apartment to tell her what he really wants. When he enters the apartment, he is shocked to see a robotic 3d printer named "GRANDMA", who tells him he doesn't actually have a grandmother, and his parents asked her to print him presents. However, they did not give her any information about James, so she could only print a default gift. So James takes her to a walk so she can get to know him and what he likes. He shows her that he likes movies, statues and kites and dislikes loud music and uncomfortable benches. They later get in trouble with Officer Roxanne and are chased. GRANDMA's power cord runs out of length and they are cornered by Roxanne, but James presses the button that retracts the cord and they both escape. Back at the apartment, GRANDMA prints a mini statue of James with a kite and a movie projector.
1010"Blood Excuse"Jouchelle MirandaNick LopezOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
In gym class, James' gym coach, Doctor Squats, tells the whole class that they will be doing squat frogs for gym class, which James despises because he thinks that they don't have any real life value. Mr. McFly comes into the gym and reminds Doctor Squats that it's blood drive day. Doctor Squats gives everyone two options: stay and do squat frogs, or they can go to the nurse and donate blood. James is the only one that leaves. He realizes that he can use this as an excuse to get out of gym, and so he donates so much blood that by the time the week ends, he has donated to the point that he looks like a senior. When Echo and Max are getting ice cream, James appears and upon the sight of him by the cashier, the ice cream which was supposed to be around 70 dollars gets reduced to two dollars because of the senior discount. After that, Echo and Max go on a shopping spree with James and buy things using his senior discount. After that, James slows down because of his deteriorating body, and he ultimately ends up in a retirement home. He enjoys it and decides to stay. Later, Echo and Max visit him. When it's time to play bingo, Echo shouts "bingo" at the first ball to get snacks thrown at her, which she happily eats. The bingo announcer recognizes Max and then recognizes James, and then they realize that he is in fact Smooth Jason. Smooth Jason reveals his career was ruined, but he discovered a new career by donating blood, and so became "Wrinkly Jason". Wrinkly Jason proceeds to fight James. Echo and Max try to join the fight, but visiting hours end and they are kicked out. At one point, James traps Smooth Jason in a woolly blanket, but Smooth Jason makes the bingo cage fall and nearly crush the elders. James intervenes and does a successful squat frog to stop the bingo cage. The sudden exertion makes him look like his old self again, and he gets kicked out. When he gets back to school, Doctor Squats announces that they will be doing push-ups. James complains again, but is forced to do them anyway.
1111"Almost Home Alone"Annisa AdjaniDarin HenryOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
In a parody of Home Alone, James wakes up at 8:15, almost late for school, but is too late and his parents drive off without him. So, he decides to take the day off and tries to have fun, but a finicky salesman named Byron Sellers repeatedly attempts to sell him a state-of-the-art security system and makes James work on his day off to keep him at bay, setting up traps related to school subjects like Science, Math, P.E, History, etc. James eventually gives up and buys Sellers' product, but it turns out it is a scam because James did not read the fine print that instantly transfers ownership of the house to Sellers as payment. The security system attacks James, but James again uses strategies from all his school subjects to destroy it. But just when James is about to return to his original plans, his parents return, now angry because the house was nearly destroyed in the previous struggle. James confesses everything that happened, but his dad said that it was Saturday the whole time and they make him clean up the house.
1212"Nugget Nonsense"Annisa AdjaniNick LopezOctober 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
When James wants Echo to try Dino Nuggets, the manager of the restaurant says he’s too old to order from the kids' menu. James protests, but the manager kicks him out for not ordering. When Echo pays a kid to get the nuggets for them, the kid scams her by taking most of the nuggets for herself. After this, they go to Dirt's lab to attempt to clone more nuggets. Max presses all the buttons on the machine and accidentally brings the nuggets to life, and they attack. After a long battle, they stop the nuggets when they attack the restaurant. When James and Max mention Toasty, Echo realizes that they were the ones responsible for the food-less future, since Toasty went on to take over the world. She urges them to help her stop Toasty before it's too late.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Youtube Creator James Rallison's Animated Series 'Oddballs' to Premiere on Netflix in 2022". Netflix Media Center (Press release). June 23, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Lang, Jamie (June 23, 2022). "'Oddballs' Series Coming To Netflix From Youtube Creator James Rallison". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
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  7. ^ a b TheOdd1sOut. Pitching a Show. Retrieved September 25, 2022 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ TheOdd1sOut (June 23, 2022). We Made A Netflix Show. Retrieved June 23, 2022 – via YouTube.
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