Grojband is a Canadian animated series developed by Fresh TV and distributed by FremantleMedia, Ltd. (FME). The series is created and co-directed by Todd Kauffman (co-creator of Sidekick) and Mark Thornton. Executive Producers are Tom McGillis, Jennifer Pertsch, creators of the hit animated reality franchise Total Drama. It is geared toward children ages 6 to 11. The series premiered on June 10, 2013 in the United States on September 5, 2013 in Canada and on Easter Monday, 2014 in The United Kingdom.
Grojband follows an indie rock band formed by Corey and his three best friends, Laney and twin brothers Kin and Kon, as they work to propel their garage band to international stardom. When they don't have the lyrics, Corey and his friends get Trina, Corey's sister, into an emotional mode to write entries in her diary that Corey can use for lyrical inspiration, so that Corey and his friends can perform a perfect song.
Why It Rocks
- Amazingly smooth and lively animation that fits the hardcore, musical, theme of the show.
- Very fitting voice acting, especially Lyon Smith, who did great as Corey Riffin.
- Speaking of Corey Riffin, all of the characters have individual, distinct, relatable and overall likable personalities, such as the laid-back and quirky Corey, the confident Laney, the intelligent Kin, and his brother, the delightfully childish and innocent Kon.
- Awesome and unique songs that are sometimes performed in genres other than just rock, such as Please Come Back (which this song was heartwarming) and My Mind Is Mine.
- The plot-lines of the episodes are written very realistically, where the characters actually have to brainstorm and overcome what could be real scenarios that kids and teenagers face, such as personal change.
- The show's humor is a fair balance of clever original jokes and relevant pop-culture references that move the story alone, rather than being just filler, such as the constant cartoon gags that seem to be inspired by Looney Tunes.
- The plot is original, although...(see below in Bad Qualities)
- The plot, while original, is also a strange idea for a musical show, where the main singer has to plagiarize his sister's poems to write songs, which is definitely not a good idea.
- Trina is mean-spirited, annoying, short tempered, obsessively in love, has a mediocre design, and has little to no redeeming qualities.
- The band members can be unlikable at times, especially Corey.
- Some songs are not that catchy.
- Some bad episodes, such as “Group Hug”, “One-plant Band”, “Zoohouse Rock”, “War and Peacevile”, “Hologroj”, “Rocker Size”, “The Grin Reaper”, “Who Are You”, “The Bandidate”, “It’s in the Card”, “All You Need is Cake”, “Helmet”, “Six Strings of Evil”, and “Bee Bop a Loofa”.
- The second half was a total disaster.
- Most of the scenes were either disturbing or disgusting, such as some characters taking off its bodily systems, or the "Grojmans" defusing themselves apart offscreen due to how the fusion effect was considered temporary at the end of "Kon-Fusion".
- This show is the third show made by to carry on the tradition of having a skull on one of the character's appearances (like Duncan from Total Drama). In this case, it's on Corey's hat.
- All of the episodes aired in the United States before Canada.
- In the French version of the show, the show's signature title is different than the original one. The "O" in "Grojband" is replaced with a spray painted Grojband skull.
- It can be implied that at the beginning of the series, the show takes place in the year of 2010 because in Ahead Of Our Own Tone, they traveled a year into the future and stayed that way until the events of Curse of the Metrognome where the turn of the next year happened. The next episodes were Hear Us Rock Part 1 and Hear Us Rock Part 2 happened. This took place during the Apocalypse which was a strong allusion to the rumors of the apocalypse happening in 2012. Working backwards, we can say that the series was in 2010 until Ahead of our own Tone, and was is 2011 from Ahead of our own Tone to Curse of the Metrognome, and 2012 from Curse of the Metrognome, onwards.
- Laney's voice actress also voiced Bea on Top Wing.