The Kids of Hills Beach (Johnsonverse)

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Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 11 minutes
Country: United States
Created by: Belle Armstrong
Distributed by: Johnson Television Animation
Starring: Ben Diskin
Jaleel White
Stephanie Lemelin
Hynden Walch
Roger Craig Smith
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 130
Release Date: April 4, 2016 - present


The Kids of Hills Beach is an American animated slice-of-life series created by Belle Armstrong, and premiered on Cartoon Network on April 4, 2016. The show centers on five kids living in the seaside town of Hills Beach, Louisiana. The series takes place in the same universe as Detective Jenny (due to Team Jenny's headquarters being located in Hills Beach), and the two shows frequently cross over.

Development

During a luncheon at Johnson Studios in February 2010, Armstrong hurriedly sketched out five kids out of boredom. She decided that the characters could be put to good use, and upon returning home, she started the comic series under the second incarnation of the Johnson Comics banner, which was sold to Marvel by Phil Stacker during his mental breakdown towards the end of his tenure in 1991. She called the series "The Kids of Hills Beach", a series taking a slice-of-life approach similar to shows such as Hey Arnold! and Doug. Her first issue, released in July, sold very well, leading to a weekly series. In 2014, Belle decided to make it a web series, also weekly, with the theme song being performed by Kevin Murphy. The web series was a success, and in 2015, the television series was greenlit. Many of the plots from the first season were based on plots from the comics and the web series.

Because Hynden Walch (the voice of Josey) also voices Terry on Detective Jenny, Tress MacNeille returned to the role of Terry for the first time since 2002 (MacNeille voices Terry in any crossover works where Walch is voicing a different character to avoid confusion).

Characters

Main

  • Wade Lester (voiced by Ben Diskin) is one of the series' three protagonists. He is described as a 16-year-old at the beginning of the series.
  • Casey Issacs (voiced by Jaleel White) is Larry's best friend. He is also 16, and
  • Malia Jones (voiced by Julie Brown) is Wade's 17-year-old girlfriend.
  • Josey Durante (voiced by Hynden Walch) is Malia's best friend. She is a softball player.
  • Harry Underwood (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) is an intelligent

Supporting

  • Dale Cliton (voiced by Mat Lucas) is a

Comics (2011-present)


Web series

Web Season 1 (2012)

Web Season 2 (2013)

Web Season 3 (2014)

Web Season 4 (2015)

TV series

Season 1 (2016)

Season 2 (2017)

Season 3 (2018)

Season 4 (2019)

Season 5 (2020)

Reception

Gallery