Spirit Rangers

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Spirit Rangers
Season 1 promotional poster; from left to right: Eddy, Kodi and Summer.
Developed byKarissa Valencia
Directed by
  • Dominique Monféry
  • Dorothée Robert
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Raye Zaragoza
  • Ehren Kee Natay
ComposerJordan Kamalu
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Italy[1]
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30 (58 segments)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • PeeDee Shindell
  • Consulting producers:
    Kent Redeker
    Joey Clift
  • Line producer:
    Charles Seignolle
AnimatorSuperprod Animation
Running time23 minutes (two 11-minute segments)
Production companies
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10) –
April 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)

Spirit Rangers[2] is an animated preschool television series created by Karissa Valencia, a member of the Santa Ynez Band of the Chumash Nation[3].[4] Co-produced by Netflix Animation, Laughing Wild and Superprod Studio, the series was released on Netflix on October 10, 2022, before Indigenous Peoples' Day.[5] On January 18, 2023, it was announced that the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on May 8.[6] On June 15 the same year, it was announced the series was renewed for a third and final season [7] which premiered on April 8, 2024.[8]

Premise[edit]

The show centers on Chumash and Cowlitz siblings Kodi, Summer and Eddy Skycedar,[4] who have the power to teleport into a magical spirit dimension in their Californian national park. In the spirit realm, Kodi transforms into a grizzly bear cub or stingray, Summer a red-tailed hawk or an octopus, and Eddy a turtle or orca.[4]

Voice cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Villains[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview
SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally released
12010October 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
21910May 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
31910April 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)

Season 1 (2022)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
11"Thunder Mountain"Dominique MonféryKarissa ValenciaDominique MonféryOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
"Snoozing Sun"
A thunderstorm threatens opening day at the park.
Kodi, Summer and Eddy help Condor find the courage to wake up the sun and get him back into the sky.
22"The Cuzzin"Dominique MonféryLucas Brown EyesMohammed LabidiOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
"Totally Eclipsed"Story by : Karissa Valencia
Teleplay by : Jason Marcus
Benoit Phelippeau
Coyote feels left out when his cousin Sunka comes to play.
A game of "sky and seek" shows Summer and Sunny that winning is not everything.
33"Caterpillar Camp"Dominique MonféryKelly Lynne D'Angelo and Kent RedekerNicolas ReynaudOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
"Coyote's Treasury Treasure"Story by : Joey Clift
Teleplay by : Shelley Dennis
Bich Pham
A caterpillar spirit does not require the Spirit Rangers' aid to save her
Coyote needs help hunting for hidden treasure.
44"Rumble Mountain Rumble"Dominique MonféryJoey CliftFranck BonnetOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
"Eagle Eye View"Jason MarcusMohammed Labidi
The Spirit Rangers find out why volcano spirit, Lawetlat'la, is rumbling and grumbling.
On a windy day, Summer learns that winging it will not always work.
55"Trout Trouble"Dominique MonféryJoey CliftGaston JaunetOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
"Sweet Dreams"Shelley DennisBernard Portier
The Spirit Rangers encourage three bickering beavers to work together.
What looks like a spiderweb turns out to be a very important dreamcatcher.
66"The Three Sisters"Dominique MonféryKelly Lynne D'AngeloBenoit PhelippeauOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
"The Lacrosse Boss"Dominique Monféry
The Spirit Rangers help two of the Three Sisters, Corn and Bean, find their missing sister Squash.
Eddy's feelings are hurt when he's left out of a game.
77"Distracted by the Gecko"Dominique MonféryKelly Lynne D'AngeloBernard PortierOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
"Belly of the Beast"Kent Redeker
The Spirit Rangers get separated in their search for the Great Gecko.
A concert is an underwater adventure when a river monster spirit gets carried away.
88"Woe Is Wolf"Dominique MonféryKarissa ValenciaSébastien LurcelOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
"The Big Bad Buffalo"Dorothée RobertShelley DennisDorothée Robert
Monster hunters Mindy and Cindy are on the lookout for werewolves.
Kodi is ready to save the day when a buffalo spirit needs help.
99"Broken Tree-tys"Dominique MonféryJoey CliftGaston JaunetOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
"Hoop Dance Off"
The park's bird spirits are not happy when Woodpecker ignores their agreement.
The Spirit Rangers get a hoop dance how-to from Eagle and friends.
1010"Not Your Opossum Mascot"Dominique MonféryJoey CliftBernard PortierOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)
"Prickly Pride"Carlee MalemuteNicolas Reynaud
The Spirit Rangers help Colocolo Opossum find her voice.
A very particular porcupine spirit is on a mission to cross the river.

Season 2 (2023)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
111"Tricksters Steal the Sun"Dorothée RobertJoey CliftNicholas ReynardMay 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
"Spirit Kittens"Roland Sé
Coyote and Skycedar siblings tangle with a wily Trickster Trio.
Watching over a mountain lion spirit's kittens shows Eddy how much work pets can be.
122"River Ruckus"Dominique MonféryJoey CliftGaston JaunetMay 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
"Sailing Stones"Dorothée RobertLucas Brown EyesDorothée Robert
Kodi, Summer and Eddy learn to go with the flow when a flood hits the park.
The kids plan a stakeout to see who's been moving the desert rocks around.
133"Spirit Rangers Blast Off!"Dorothée RobertCarlee MalemuteAbdel Raouf ZaidiMay 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
"Lizard's Lost and Found"Shelley DennisSophie Krettly
The Spirit Rangers shoot for the starts to get Coyote unstuck from the sky.
DeeDee asks her grandkids to help search for a missing museum artifact.
144"Chief of the Day"Dorothée RobertStory by : Joey Clift
Teleplay by : Kent Redeker
Damien BarrauMay 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
"Vulture Rock"Lizzie PrestelBrice Magnier
Dealing with dust devils, the siblings discover that leaders come in all shapes and sizes.
Next, they hurry to warn a vulture spirit about an explosion.
155"Moose on the Loose"Dorothée RobertCarlee MalemuteNicolas ReynaudMay 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
"The Big Stink"Story by : Joey Clift
Teleplay by : Kris Crenwelge
Marianne Lebel
Visiting moose spirit Deneege quickly starts to miss his northern home.
Kodi puts on an art show with a creative — and very confident — stinkbug.
166"Slow and Steady Eddy"Dorothée RobertCarlee MalemuteSophie KrettlyMay 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
"Salmon Where Are You?"Joey CliftChristophe Ollivier
At a Spirit Park relay race, Eddy wonders if he'll be able to keep up.
The Skycedar kids' search for salmon takes them on a ride through the rapids.
177"Deuces, Gooses"Dorothée RobertCarlee MalemuteBernard PortierMay 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
"Frog Concert Chaos"Joey CliftSophie Krettly
Summer, Eddy and Kodi encourage a goose family to fly north for the season.
A new frog friend helps the Spirit Rangers get ready for a history hike.
188"A Tale of Tails"Dorothée RobertCarlee MalemuteBernard PortierMay 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
"Say It Don't Spray It"Shelley DennisMarianne Lebel
A legendary Maori lizard spirit visits the park.
Summer is excited to meet baby skunk Lily, but Lily's parents make a stink about her personal space.
199"Rattle Trap"Dorothée RobertLizzie PrestelDamien BarrauMay 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
"Home Squawk Home"Karissa ValenciaNicolas Reynaud
Someone is trapping the park's rattlesnakes — letting mice run wild in DeeDee's garden!
Condor spirit Ruby brings rock 'n' roll vibes from the big city.
2010"Water Protectors"Dorothée RobertKarissa ValenciaDamien Barrau and Dorothée RobertMay 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
The Spirit Rangers face an epic fight to protect the park and the nearby ocean when the Trickster Trio unleashes a stream of toxic goo from an oil pipe.

Season 3 (2024)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
211"Spirit Park Secrets"Dominique EtchecoparKarissa ValenciaNicolas ReynaudApril 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)
"Crabs in a Bucket"Joey CliftBernard Portier
222"Surfing Shark"Dominique EtchecoparKris CrenwelgeBenoit PhelippeauApril 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)
"Kodi's Old Shoes"Ange La TorreJoey CliftJérémie Bouet
233"Finding True North"Dominique EtchecoparKris CrenwelgeCéline PottierApril 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)
"The Great Swordfish"Story by : Karissa Valencia
Teleplay by : Lucas Mills
Basile Zumer
244"Digging Deeper"Dominique EtchecoparJhonTom KnightCéline PottierApril 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)
"Stuck On You"Kris CrenwelgeBasile Zumer
255"Xutash Harvest"Dominique EtchecoparJoey CliftNicolette RayApril 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)
"Tiny But Mighty"Blake PickensNicolas Reynaud
266"Potlatch Problem"Dominique EtchecoparJoey CliftFrederic DybowskiApril 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)
"Finding Family"Kris CrenwelgeBernard Portier
277"Summer's in Charge"Dominique EtchecoparJoey CliftJérémie BouetApril 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)
"Barracuda Brouhaha"Kris CrenwelgeNicolette Ray
288"Wild Flowers"Dominique EtchecoparStory by : Karissa Valencia
Teleplay by : Norma P. Sepulueda
Nicolas ReynaudApril 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)
"Sage Advice"Story by : Joey Clift
Teleplay by : Blake Pickens
Céline Pottier
299"Facing Fears"Dominique EtchecoparJhonTom KnightBasile ZumerApril 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)
"The Great Oak Tree"Dorothée RobertJoy Harjo and Karissa ValenciaDorothée Robert
3010"Blizzards and Blankets"Dominique Etchecopar and Ange La TorreKris Crenwelge and Joey CliftNicolas Reynaud and Basile ZumerApril 8, 2024 (2024-04-08)

Production[edit]

The series was announced in October 2020[2] alongside Ridley Jones and Dino Daycare, with the latter's production being canceled in April 2022.[24]

Production of the series featured a writer's room that was staffed entirely by Indigenous Americans. Valencia also consulted Chumash and Cowlitz tribes around content.[4] Superprod Animation provided the animation services, alongside Netflix Animation and Laughing Wild.[22]

Release[edit]

Spirit Rangers premiered on October 10, 2022, globally on Netflix.[25] A trailer was released on September 23.[25][26]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2023 Children's and Family Emmy Awards Outstanding Preschool Animated Series Nominated [27]
Outstanding Directing for a Preschool Animated Program Dorothée Robert Nominated
Outstanding Casting for an Animated Program Rene Hayes, Elise Buedel and Allyson Bosch Nominated
Outstanding Voice Directing for an Animated Series Allyson Bosch Nominated
Outstanding Voice Performance in a Preschool Animated Program Cree Summer Nominated
Outstanding Younger Voice Performer in an Animated or Preschool Animated Program Talon Proc Alford Nominated
Isis Celilo Rogers Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Red Monk Studios".
  2. ^ a b "Chris Nee Unveils First Slate of Netflix Animated Preschool Series For Kids Around The World". Netflix Media Center (Press release). October 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Chan, Goldie. "Discovering Thoughtful Native American Stories With Showrunner Karissa Valencia". Forbes. Retrieved March 18, 2024.
  4. ^ a b c d Calvario, Liz. "'Spirit Rangers' creator made the show she longed for as a Native American child". TODAY.com. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  5. ^ "First Native woman created, long-awaited 'Spirit Rangers' debut on Netflix on Indigenous People's Day | Boreal Community Media". Boreal. Retrieved October 17, 2022.
  6. ^ "Netflix Kids Dates Adam Sandler Movie 'Leo,' 'Magician's Elephant' & More for 2023". January 18, 2023.
  7. ^ Joey Clift [@joeytainment] (April 8, 2024). "On Spirit Rangers third and final season.
    #SpiritRangers"
    (Tweet). Retrieved April 8, 2024 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Spirit Rangers Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix – The Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. June 15, 2023.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Joey Clift [@joeytainment] (September 23, 2022). "In the Spirit Rangers writer's room, we called the team working on the show the Native Avengers and with a cast like this, we weren't kidding!
    #SpiritRangers"
    (Tweet). Retrieved September 15, 2023 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Joey Clift [@joeytainment] (May 3, 2023). "Spirit Rangers Season 2 comes out May 8th and we just announced a bunch of our voice cast!! It was so fun working with all of these Native and Indigenous superstars and I can't wait for ya'll to hear them in the new episodes! #SpiritRangers" (Tweet). Retrieved September 15, 2023 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Spirit Rangers (2022 TV Show)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved January 17, 2024. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
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  13. ^ "BIO". Jayland. Retrieved September 15, 2023.
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  15. ^ Ben Gonzales [@nativeben] (November 15, 2022). "I'm thrilled to be in this show as it will be my final performance EVER as I am retiring from the entertainment industry. Many thanks to Cozi Orlen & the @packtheater for the opportunity to bow out gracefully.🙏🏽❤️". Retrieved September 15, 2023 – via Instagram.
  16. ^ Boutsalis, Kelly (October 12, 2022). "Why I'm excited my kids can finally see playful Indigenous representation in Netflix's Spirit Rangers". CBC.ca. Retrieved September 15, 2023.
  17. ^ Q'orianka Kilcher [@qorianka] (October 10, 2022). "🫶🏽🦋🙏🏽 So honored to be part of #spiritrangers now streaming on @netflix 🥹 what a beautiful way to celebrate #indigenouspeoplesday". Retrieved September 15, 2023 – via Instagram.
  18. ^ Burgandi Trejo Phoenix [@BurgandiPhoenix] (October 11, 2022). "Yesterday #SpiritRangers premiered on @netflix
    on #indigenouspeoplesday & it's at #9!✊🏽🪶I'm honored & overwhelmed with joy that I got to be part of this beautiful show-thank you for choosing me to be your Squash Sister Karissa!😭"
    (Tweet). Retrieved September 15, 2023 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Javier Prusky [@JavierPrusky] (October 17, 2022). "SPIRIT RANGERS is officially out on @netflix !

    Thrilled to be a part of this momentous show playing Woodpecker, and I'm so grateful to creator extraordinaire Karissa Valencia, Chris Nee, and @joeytainment "
    (Tweet). Retrieved September 15, 2023 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Ty Defoe [@tydefoe] (January 14, 2021). "🌸🌸 Spirit Rangers 🌸🌸
    Super excited to record some VO🎙 by the wonderful-always-cracking' me up niij, @joeycliiiiiift episode he wrote. 💝 youuuuuu Joey. Flower Spirit 🌸 is getting turnt in the sound booth!"
    . Retrieved September 18, 2023 – via Instagram.
  21. ^ Krizia Bajos [@kritzer] (October 10, 2022). "Whoaaa… meet Brad, Chad, and Shad (that's me). Shad thinks condor feathers are a cool costume… don't be like Shad.

    Legit never thought a voice I used as a joke with friends would turn into a job. And not just any job… a role on a sweet and inspiring series created by Chumash Native @karissavalencia__ and comprised of a myriad of talented Native cast and crew. Oh, and along animation royalty @chrisnee4660 - I mean COME ON"
    . Retrieved September 16, 2023 – via Instagram.
  22. ^ a b White, Abbey (June 15, 2023). "How Netflix's 'Spirit Rangers' Is Rewriting Animation's Native and Indigenous Representation". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 31, 2023.
  23. ^ Cornerstone Theater [@cornerstonetheater] (May 21, 2023). "Check it out! Cornerstone's Kenny Ramos voices Takak in Netflix's "Spirit Rangers"!". Retrieved September 18, 2023 – via Instagram.
  24. ^ Porter, Rick (April 30, 2022). "Netflix Shuts Down 2 Animated Kids' Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  25. ^ a b Milligan, Mercedes (September 23, 2022). "'Spirit Rangers' Trailer Ushers in Netflix's October Toons & Halloween Highlights". Animation Magazine. Retrieved September 23, 2022.
  26. ^ Netflix Jr. (September 23, 2022). Spirit Rangers | Official Trailer | Netflix Jr. YouTube. Retrieved September 23, 2022.
  27. ^ Coates, Tyler (November 2, 2023). "Children's & Family Emmy Awards: Disney Dominates Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 7, 2023.

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