EarthBound (2018 TV series) (Johnsonverse)

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Genre: Anime
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Network(s): WBC
Created by: Timothy Hill
Based on the video game franchise by Shigesato Itoi
Executive producer(s): Timothy Hill
Tim Johnson
Shigesato Itoi
Production companies: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Timothy Hill Productions
TMS Entertainment
Distributed by: Johnson Television
Starring: English:
Tim Johnson
Chloe Johnson
Hayden Michaels
Tim Curry
William Shatner
Sanae Kobayashi
Taeko Kawata
Akio Ōtsuka
Kotaro Nakamura
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 39
Photography: Color
Picture format: 16:9
Release Date: September 8, 2018 - present
Related shows: EarthBound: The Series (1997-2015)

EarthBound (known as Mother in the Japanese states) is an American anime based on the multimedia franchise of the same name. It was developed by Timothy Hill, and has aired on WBC since September 8, 2018.

A reboot of the original continuity, the series is created using a hybrid of animation and practical effects (such as miniatures, puppetry, and pyrotechnics). Though it has several key differences from the original series (such as Poo living and Giygas and Giegue being the same person), many other elements (such as the Daleks instead of the Starmen and the character of General William Landon) remained, while Twoson Police Chief Bill Stagman was omitted due to 2015 death of his actor, Leonard Nimoy.

Production began in 2016 as a response to fan demand for a sixth EarthBound film. Upon release, the series was critically acclaimed for both staying true to and offering a fresh take on the EarthBound franchise. It has been renewed to an eighth season, set for release in 2025.




  • Tim Johnson as Ness Franklin
  • Chloe Johnson as Paula Polestar
  • Hayden Michaels as Jeff Andonuts
  • Shiro as Poo
  • Tim Curry as Giygas
  • William Shatner as Gen. William Landon
  • Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks
  • Liam Neeson as Dr. Andonuts
  • Robin Williams as Apple Kid
  • Bryce Papenbrook as Pokey "Porky" Minch
  • Brittany Karbowski as Picky Minch
  • Dan Castellaneta as Mr. Saturn
  • Michael Douglas as Paul Polestar
  • Julie Kavner as Phoebe Polestar
  • Natasha Johnson as Tracy
  • Colin Hodges as Tony


  • Sanae Kobayashi as Ness Franklin
  • Taeko Kawata as Paula Polestar
  • Akio Ōtsuka as Jeff Andonuts
  • Kotaro Nakamura as Poo
  • Masaharu Satō as Giygas



Development began in 2016. Hill decided



The series was critically acclaimed.