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Mixels

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Mixels
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"Let's Mix!"
Genre: Fantasy
Comedy
Running Time: 5–9 minutes (Season 1)

22 minutes (Season 2)

Country: United States
Release Date: February 12, 2014 – October 1, 2016
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: John Fang
David P. Smith
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 31


Mixels is a 2014 comedy animated television series that aired on Cartoon Network, co-produced by The Lego Group and Cartoon Network Studios. The series first aired on February 12, 2014 with a new episode of Teen Titans Go!. The series revolves around the Mixels, small creatures that can mix and combine with one another in creative and unpredictable storylines. Although previous Lego series, such as Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and Legends of Chima use CGI animation, Mixels made use of Toon Boom Harmony software, which is animated at Atomic Cartoons, Inc., before later being animated traditionally at Digital eMation, Inc., Big Star Entertainment, Inc., and Saerom Animation, Inc.

Plot

Mixels is centered around a world of colorful creatures who can mix and combine with each other leading to hilarious and surprising results. They are comical, mischievous creatures that live in tribes. Each tribe is based around something unique. The Nixels are annoying and destructive little creatures that wreak havoc over the Mixel Land, trying to tear down and break apart the tribes. They are led by King Nixel.

Good Qualities

  1. Good and Energetic animation.
  2. Awesome character designs that greatly represent which Tribe they are in.
  3. Funny and Likeable characters like Flain, Seismo, Gobba, Kraw, Footi, Magnifo, Nurp-Naut, Globert, Krog, Vaka-Waka and more mixel characters or even villains.
  4. Awesome voice acting, especially from Tom Kenny (The titular character of SpongeBob SquarePants), Fred Tatasciore (Cannonbolt from Ben 10.), Phil LaMarr (Wilt from Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends.), Billy West (Stimpy from The Ren & Stimpy Show.), Carlos Alazraqui (Lazlo from Camp Lazlo.), Bumper Robinson (Bumblebee from Transformers Animated.) and the list goes on.
  5. Decent story-writing.
  6. Great and unique art style complete with highlights and shading on the character designs.
  7. The mixes and maxes are really cool and creative.
  8. The Murps were hilarious.
  9. It had good specials, such as Epic Comedy Adventure, Murp Romp, Mixel Moon Madness and The Quest For The Lost Mixamajig.
  10. LEGO supplied great toys for the series where you can Combine your LEGO sets and post them on the now closed Mixels Gallery. These toys even won the Pocket Money award at the London Toy Fair Best New Toy Awards what probably says something!

Bad Qualities

  1. The hand drawn animation in 2015 and 2016 was terrible with a lot of errors.
  2. Unfortunately, this show went downhill in 2016, resulting in its cancellation due to its lack of popularity.
  3. It's difficult to tell how likable the characters are, because various episodes keep switching the main protagonist. Even then, many of the episodes lack ways of continuity, resulting in a lack of character development and some characters seem to have no personality at all.
    • There are some unlikeable characters such as Mixadel and most of Camillot Classmates.
  4. Every Knight Has Its Day and Nixel, Nixel, Go Away (which ended the series on a sour note) while average, are the weakest episodes of the show.
    1. "Mixel Moon Madness" while decent has a terrible ending for mixels. Infernites wished to come back home but accidentally found out that it was all dream. When glowkies and orbitons heard that they "doesn't exist" they all began to cry. That made us feel bad for them.

Reception

Despite having a mixed to negative reception and holding a 3.4/10, it was beloved by many viewers, critics and earned a fanbase.

Trivia

  • According to Dan Winger, the senior concept designer at LEGO's Future Lab, Mixels was created due to a lack of humor in any of LEGO's creations in its portfolio. The team up with Cartoon Network was another way to gain this.
  • According to the South by Southwest panel, it only took a year for LEGO and Cartoon Network to create the franchise.
  • The book LEGO: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, released in 2017 by DK, contains multiple references to the history of the franchise, in both LEGO and animated form.
  • The LEGO Movie 2, released in 2019, contains a nod to Mixels, with a Cubit being used as a painting in a live-action prop.
  • This show had website "Mixels.com" and arrived on the LEGO.com as LEGO series.
  • Cartoon Network spawned 2 now not available mobile games "Calling All Mixels" and "Mixels Rush" based on series 1-3 and series 4-6.
  • Many fans of this series are still working on them. For example, YouTuber "Lego Mixels - Mixels and more!" makes new cartoons with LEGO sets, Mixel Mike works with multiple fans of this and makes new mixels with them. And not only mixels!

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