''Major Lazer'' is an American adult animated
television series based on the electronic music group of the same name
, created by DJ and record producer Diplo
with Ferry Gouw
and Kevin Kusatsu. It premiered on FOX
on April 16, 2015 as part of their Animation Domination High-Def
(ADHD) block. After ''Stone Quackers
'', ''Major Lazer'' is the second ADHD original series to be aired on the channel after FOX
had stopped its broadcast of the block itself.
The show was renewed for a second season, but was later canceled. On September 3, 2016, it was announced that John Boyega
had left the series to focus on the new ''Star Wars
'' films prior to its cancellation. Major Lazer is now available to stream on Hulu
Set in the future, Major Lazer is a Jamaican superhero
with a laser gun for a right hand who fights against the dystopia
n forces led by Jamaica
's leader President
Whitewall and his servant General
Rubbish. Major Lazer is assisted in his fight by President Whitewall's daughter Penny Whitewall and hacker Blkmrkt.
''Major Lazer'' had been in production for nearly five years before its premiere.
It was originally considered for Adult Swim
through a pilot episode
produced in 2011 by Williams Street
and Titmouse, Inc.
which was never broadcast. The musical group Major Lazer
, on which the show is based, previously starred animated characters, including the character of Major Lazer. Ferry Gouw
, along with John Pham
, served as art director for this incarnation.
Other musicians such as Jay Z
, and the Odd Future
collective, had signed on for television shows on the network during the year; Odd Future's came out as ''Loiter Squad
'' the next year.
'' announced ''Major Lazer'' would premiere on Fox
in 2014. Cat Power
and Riff Raff
were said to have collaborated on the soundtrack for the show.
In 2015, ''Billboard'' announced the show would premiere on FXX
. Diplo called the long wait of the production "worth it to have such a succinct TV show for our music fans and cartoon fans alike".
He said that it would appeal to "any fans of hip-hop nd
electronic music or '80s cartoons, and the culture that gave birth to ajor Lazer's
, who voices the eponymous character, described the feeling of the show as "like being high
J. K. Simmons
voices President Whitewall, while Aziz Ansari
, Ezra Koenig
, Riff Raff
, Andy Samberg
, and Charli XCX
make guest voice performances.
* Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
– Major Lazer, Evil Lazer (ep. 10)
* James Adomian
– General Rubbish
* John Boyega
* Ashante "Taranchyla" Reid – Old Rasta, PG Tipps, Weed Man (Episode 1)
* J. K. Simmons
– President Whitewall
* Angela Trimbur
– Penny Whitewall
* Aziz Ansari
– Goosh (episode 7)
* Jonathan Banks
– The Law (episode 2)
* Matt Berry
– Professor Teacher (episodes 6–7)
* Heather Anne Campbell
– Game Tournament Worker (episode 8)
* Ferry Gouw
– Kamikaze (episode 9)
* Trinidad James
– Mr. Mary James (episode 1), Goldie (episode 9)
* Udo Kier
– Head Vampire Vampire (episode 5)
* Ezra Koenig
– Ryland (episode 5)
* Clyde Kusatsu
– Store Owner (episode 9)
* Chan Marshall
– Knife Fight (episode 9)
* Kumail Nanjiani
– Thor (episode 8)
* Riff Raff
– Double Cup (episode 4), Additional Voices (episode 7)
* Andy Samberg
– Dr. Nerd/Dr. Bass Drop (episodes 2–3)
* Mike Skinner
– Block Head (episode 9)
* Jorma Taccone
– Spooky Dookie (episode 6), Killscreen (episode 8), K-Pop (episode 10)
– DJ God (episode 2)
* Charli XCX
– Lady Vanessa Rothchild (episode 11)
Broadcast and reception
The show premiered on April 16, 2015.
The Major Lazer group's third album was expected to be released near the same date, but was moved to June 1.
A special preview of the show was broadcast on October 27, 2014, on FXX.
Erik Adams of ''The A.V. Club
'' graded the series with an ''B'', praising its visuals reminiscent of the "chunky outlines, washed-out colors, and fantastical content of '80s Saturday-morning fare" while calling the writing solid yet familiar.
In 2016, Teletoon at Night
began to broadcast the show at 11:15pm EST in Canada.
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