Long Live the Royals is an upcoming animated miniseries scheduled to premiere on the Cartoon Network channel. The show is created by the Primetime Emmy Award winner Sean Szeles. The miniseries is expected to hit the television in the fall of 2015.
The show follows the lives of three kids, who are royal siblings. The story starts with the royal family celebrating the yearly Yule Hare Festival. From the pilot it seems that the story is mainly focused on Peter, one of the royal siblings. He participates in the king’s games tournament to win the attention and affections of one special lady, Katherine. But there is only one problem – his skills at archery are abysmal, to say the least. So he decides to enlist his sister, Rosalind’s help to practice for the tournament. Rosalind soon realizes that left to his skills, her brother has no chance of winning over Katherine. So, she decides to resort to magic to help her brother. She takes her brother to Allistair, a sorcerer, to help him win the tournament. Allistair enchants an arrow to enable it to always hit the target, and hands it over to the kids. However, this is not the end of problems for the siblings because things are about to go totally out of control, because of Peter’s younger brother, Alex.
The show is an impossible cross between the medieval age and the present day. The kids, the king, the queen, and everybody else is dressed up in medieval outfits. At the same time, the kids are using mobile phones, and other similar modern stuff. The show is quite funny, and manages to strike a chord with the younger audiences. In fact, the show is good to the point that even adults can find it funny and entertaining.
Jon Daly of the The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) fame, voices King Rufus on the show. He also voices other small characters on the show occasionally. The Queen Eleanor’s voice is given by Wendi McLendon-Covey, who is best known for her role as Rita in Bridesmaids (2011). Jeremy Redleaf, who is the voice behind Gonnigan in the TV series Sesame Street, is lending voice to Peter, while Peter’s sister, Rosalind, is voiced by Gillian Jacobs (Community & The Box). Jacobs also lends voice to Katherine, Peter’s love interest. Alex, the troublemaker brother of Peter and Rosalind, is voiced by Nikki Rapp. The cast of the show also includes Horatio Sanz and Christopher Corey Smith. Rumors also indicate that the British actor, Hugh Laurie will be onboard the show, although it is not yet clear which character the actor will be voicing.
The association between Cartoon Network and Sean goes way back. He has long been associated with the Regular Show as its supervising producer. Sean had actually produced a pilot for the miniseries way back in 2013. However, Cartoon Network released the pilot on their website only in May, 2014. It was also treated as a short TV movie in itself. The pilot went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award in 2014. Yet, Cartoon Network remained tight lipped about its plans to fund the miniseries. Finally, the channel announced in February, 2015 that it will produce the miniseries and it will be a part of its 2015-16 schedule. The show itself is produced at Cartoon Network Studios.