The Last Kids on Earth (TV series)
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|The Last Kids on Earth|
|Based on||The Last Kids on Earth|
by Max Brallier
|Theme music composer||Mike Shields|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||21 + Special (list of episodes)|
|Running time||23-60 minutes|
27 minutes (special)
|Picture format||HDTV 1080p|
|Original release||September 17, 2019 –|
April 6, 2021
The Last Kids on Earth is a children's animation streaming television series, based on the book series of the same name by Max Brallier, that premiered on Netflix on September 17, 2019 with a one-hour first season. A ten-episode second season, or "Book 2", titled The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade, premiered on April 17, 2020. The third and final season also known as "Book 3", was released on October 16, 2020, which left the show on a cliffhanger. An interactive special, subtitled Happy Apocalypse to You, was released on April 6, 2021.
Voice cast and characters
|Book 1||Book 2||Book 3|
|Jack Sullivan||Nick Wolfhard||Main|
|Dirk Savage||Charles Demers||Main|
|June Del Toro||Montserrat Hernandez||Main|
|Quint Baker||Garland Whitt||Main|
|Bardle||Mark Hamill||Does not appear||Main|
|Skaelka||Catherine O'Hara||Does not appear||Main|
|Thrull||Keith David||Does not appear||Main||Does not appear|
|Chef||Bruce Campbell||Does not appear||Main|
|Rezzoch||Rosario Dawson||Does not appear||Main[a]|
- Nick Wolfhard as Jack Sullivan, a 13-year-old orphan and gamer turned hero thanks to the apocalypse.
- Charles Demers as Dirk Savage, a former school bully turned strongman and monster fighter on Jack's team. He likes cooking and gardening.
- Montserrat Hernandez as June Del Toro, a tomboyish 13-year-old girl who is Jack's crush but did not reciprocate his feelings, but starts to develop some in Book 2. She was trying to survive on her own until her parents come back for her with a rescue party; but she joins Jack's team and learns to have fun during the apocalypse. She was editor-in-chief of the school's paper.
- Garland Whitt as Quint Baker, Jack's nerdy best friend who invents most of the gadgets the kids use to survive in their post-apocalyptic environment.
- Brian Drummond as the vocal effects for Rover, a blue-furred canine-like monster who befriends Jack in Book 1 and becomes the team's pet and mascot.
- Mark Hamill as Bardle, a gruff monster conjurer that takes up residence in Joe's Pizza who, like June, has been investigating the most recent phenomena and paranormal events.
- Catherine O'Hara as Skaelka, a female monster warrior that takes up residence in Joe's Pizza and becomes a friend of June's.
- Keith David as Thrull, the main antagonist in Book 2 who poses as the kids' friend at first before betraying them and his fellow monsters in Book 2, episode 8. He dies in Book 2, episode 10 "Dawn of Rezzoch".
- Bruce Campbell as Chef, a cranky Squid monster that takes up residence in Joe's Pizza.
- Rosario Dawson as Rezzoch, the main antagonist of the series as revealed in Book 2, episode 2; has her first lines and first full appearance in Book 2, episode 8 before becoming a series regular as of the 9th and Book 2 finale episodes.
|Book 1||September 17, 2019|
|Book 2||10||April 17, 2020|
|Book 3||10||October 16, 2020|
|Special||April 6, 2021|
Book 1 (2019) The Pilot [unofficial]
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"The Last Kids on Earth"||Will Lau||Max Brallier & Scott Peterson||September 17, 2019|
|Living solo in his recently-monster-infested town, 13-year-old Jack will have to think fast, find friends, and get creative if he wants to survive and defeat the towering Blarg!|
Book 2 (2020) TV [official]
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|2||1||"Mall Quest"||Steve Rolston||Max Brallier||April 17, 2020|
|Fed up with his friends' bickering, Jack hopes a quest to the mall will get the buds back on good terms — because this is getting annoying.|
|3||2||"Jack the Slayer"||Steve Rolston||Jennifer Muro||April 17, 2020|
|Jack's attempts to impress his monstrous new pals with his uprising tale upsets June, Quint and Dirk, who feel like he's taking all the credit.|
|4||3||"Bestiary Master"||Steve Rolston||Scott D. Peterson||April 17, 2020|
|Feeling useless when it comes to the fine art of fighting monsters, Quint sets out to prove himself to his friends.|
|5||4||"The Zombie Parade"||Steve Rolston||Haley Mancini||April 17, 2020|
|While exploring a graveyard, Jack and Quint get emotional — really emotional — as they face a deadly venomous monster. Meanwhile, June and Dirk find they have a lot in common. Oh, the horror!|
|6||5||"The Thrull of Victory"||Steve Rolston||Joshua Pruett||April 17, 2020|
|While Thrull trains Jack to go after monsters and zombies with a new attitude, Quint and Dirk dig through trash — and June follows a hunch.|
|7||6||"Stay on Target"||Steve Rolston||Joshua Pruett||April 17, 2020|
|Quint, Dirk and June are pumped for their up-all-night zombie stakeout. But Jack's running late... and he's supposed to bring the snacks.|
|8||7||"June Gloom"||Steve Rolston||Haley Mancini||April 17, 2020|
|When the gang visits June's old house, Jack assumes it'll be a fun walk down memory lane. But the crew instead learns an important lesson: Never assume.|
|9||8||"Follow That Butler"||Steve Rolston||Max Brallier||April 17, 2020|
|After adding another monster to the bestiary, Jack, June, Quint and Dirk learn a troubling truth: Their work is far from over.|
|10||9||"Always Darkest"||Steve Rolston||Scott D. Peterson||April 17, 2020|
|Jack's vow to never trust another monster is put to the test. Quint, Dirk and June look to acquire a little — well, actually a lot — of weed killer.|
|11||10||"Dawn of Rezzoch"||Steve Rolston||Jennifer Muro||April 17, 2020|
|Quint's been captured, Rezzoch's on a rampage and Jack's got a wish: to put an end to all of this mayhem, once and for all.|
Book 3 (2020)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|12||1||"Energy Crisis"||Steve Rolston||Jennifer Muro||October 16, 2020|
|Desperate for a reliable energy source, Jack, June, Quint and Dirk head to the planetarium, where a generator awaits — along with something else.|
|13||2||"Zombies Killed the Radio Star"||Steve Rolston||Jalysa Conway||October 16, 2020|
|The gang makes a stunning discovery at a fire station, Jack falls head over heels for a video game, and June has an urge to communicate.|
|14||3||"Tournament of the Dead"||Steve Rolston||Joshua Pruett||October 16, 2020|
|Feeling June, Quint and Dirk need to stop working so hard, Jack convinces his pals to take part in an over-the-top tournament with the monsters.|
|15||4||"Nightmare King"||Steve Rolston||Haley Mancini||October 16, 2020|
|Jack and the gang close in on a much-needed antenna for their radio. Meanwhile, June, Quint and Dirk experience odd visions of a dark future.|
|16||5||"Junkyard Jack"||Steve Rolston||Jalysa Conway||October 16, 2020|
|As Jack's anxiety about the future continues to grow, he and June share a moment atop a giant heap of trash (it's nicer than it sounds).|
|17||6||"Tunnel Vision"||Steve Rolston||Scott D. Peterson||October 16, 2020|
|Jack sets out to confront the Wretch, June gets on Quint's nerves, and Dirk learns of an unappetizing third test to become an honorary monster.|
|18||7||"Zom-B-Goners"||Steve Rolston||Max Brallier||October 16, 2020|
|Everyone leaps into action when an exhausted Quint discovers that his zom-b-gone torches are offline. Meanwhile, Dirk is forced to team up with Chef.|
|19||8||"Funland"||Steve Rolston||Jennifer Muro||October 16, 2020|
|Jack convinces June, Quint and Dirk to go to an amusement park, where the friends quickly discover they aren't the only ones there.|
|20||9||"Belly of the Beast"||Steve Rolston||Joshua Pruett||October 16, 2020|
|After Rezzoch pulls Jack into an alternate realm, Bardle transports June, Quint and Dirk in hopes they can save him before it's too late.|
|21||10||"Stay Tuned"||Steve Rolston||Scott D. Peterson||October 16, 2020|
|Finally free from Jack's head, the weary gang reinhabits their bodies only to learn that — surprise, surprise — the battle is far from over.|
|Title||Directed by||Original release date|
|-||-||"Happy Apocalypse to You"||Steve Rolston||April 6, 2021|
|The kids retreat from a female Mauler while Jack narrates a recap of the events leading to the Kids' status as the only humans left in Wakefield.|
On September 26, 2017, it was announced that Thunderbird Entertainment's animation studio Atomic Cartoons had optioned the screen rights on Max Brallier's book series The Last Kids on Earth with the intention of producing an animated television series.
On February 26, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order. Executive producers include Brallier, Scott Peterson, Jennifer McCarron, and Matthew Berkowitz. Brallier and Peterson are also expected to write the series as well. Production companies involved in the series include Thunderbird Entertainment's animation studio Atomic Cartoons.
On March 13, 2019, the series cast was announced, including Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Catherine O'Hara, Keith David, Bruce Campbell, Garland Whitt, Montserrat Hernandez, Charles Demers, and Nick Wolfhard as the lead character Jack Sullivan.
A screenshot of a message by Max Brallier reveals that the show was cancelled during the pandemic, but he is currently working on a live action version.
Jakks Pacific launched a toyline based on the series in early 2020. Outright Games will publish a video game tie-in The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom, for across consoles and PC in 2021. A graphic novel, subtitled Thrilling Tales from the Tree House, is currently released as of April 6, 2021.
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The series received a mixed reception. Ashley Moulton of Common Sense Media reviewed the interactive special, "The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You," describing it a "fun interactive episode" with scary scenes and cartoon violence. She stated that because of the special's format, some elements from the original series is lacking, but that the special is "very fun nonetheless."
|2020||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Animated Program||Max Brallier, Matthew Berkowitz, Jennifer McCarron, Scott Peterson||Won|
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