Mixels is the sole TV series for the Mixels franchise that premiered on February 12, 2014 in the United States, created by John Fang and David P. Smith. The final episode of the series aired on October 1, 2016.
It consisted of animated 1-2 minute shorts and five full-length, half-hour specials revolving around the Mixels; small creatures that can mix and combine with one another in creative and unpredictable storylines.
Mixels was produced by Cartoon Network Studios and aired on Cartoon Network. The series is rated TV-Y7-FV.
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.
There are a few major aspects that appear in nearly every, if not all, episodes of the show. They are listed below.
- Main article: Mixels (TV series)/Title Card
A title card appears at the beginning of every episode of Mixels to date. There are both minor and major differences between all of them, but they always include some variant of the Mixels logo, and often combine that with the main scene of the episode.
Each episode always includes at least one Mix or Murp of two different characters. Also included in a select few episodes are Maxes of three of a tribe. There is usually a situation that is fixed using these powers.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|February 12, 2014||August 31, 2014|
|March 9, 2015||October 1, 2016|
- Carlos Alazraqui - Mesmo, Torts
- Maria Bamford - Scorpi (uncredited, using archive clips)
- Eric Bauza - Paladum, Miximals
- Jeff Bennett - Dribbal, Gurggle, Jinky, Camillot, Ranger Jinx
- Gregg Bissonette - Myke, Camsta
- Steve Blum - King Nixel (A Quest for the Lost Mixamajig, Nixel, Nixel, Go Away), Kamzo, Kuffs (Nixel, Nixel, Go Away), Spinza
- Rodger Bumpass - Flamzer, Naut, Major Nixel (Mixel Moon Madness), Narrator, Gate Keeper
- Griffin Burns - Snax, Slusho, Chilbo
- Chris Cox - Gox, Forx, Principal, Busto
- Dave Fennoy - Globert, Boogly, Krog, Kramm, King, Sergeant
- Leonard Garner - Cobrax
- Justin Grollman - Nurp
- Jess Harnell - Shuff, Vulk, Zaptor, Meltus, Burnard, Vaka, Zabo, Hydro, Surgeo, Hotstuff
- Phil Hayes - Rokit, King Nixel (Mixel Moon Madness), Coach, Kuffs (Every Knight Has Its Day)
- Richard Horvitz - Mixadel, Freezi-Breezi, Mixie Cat, Splasho, Scrud
- Peter Jason - Major Nixel (A Quest for the Lost Mixamajig), Turg, Wuzzo, Fire Chief, Sharx
- Tom Kenny - Flain, Seismo, Teslo, Berp, Tungster, Booger, Screeno, Mysto, Blip
- Andrew Kishino - Niksput
- Phil LaMarr - Chomly, Flurr, Tentro
- Daran Norris - Snoof, Waka, Spugg, Tiketz, the Amphipod
- Sam Riegel - Vampos
- Bumper Robinson - Footi, Glurt, Wizwuz
- Dave Smith - Krader, Volectro, Zorch
- Brian Stepanek - Magnifo
- Cree Summer - Teacher, Jamzy
- Fred Tatasciore - Slumbo, Jawg, Kraw (uncredited, Season 1), Major Nixel (season 1), Nixels (Season 1)
- Maddie Taylor - Glomp, Hoogi
- Billy West - Balk, Gobba, Lunk
Awards and Nominations
The show was nominated for a BAFTA award in 2014 for Children's Interactive Original.
- Either the first episode or a promotional advertisement (depending on the theater) appeared before or after trailers, before The LEGO Movie in cinemas on February 7, 2014.
- This is the first LEGO TV series to not be animated with CGI animation (Ninjago and Legends of Chima). Instead, this show was produced by Cartoon Network Studios in 2D animation, originally animated by Atomic Cartoons in ToonBoom Harmony and later in several different animation styles by other companies.
- The series' variant of the Cartoon Network Studios logo didn't debut in the US until Mixed Up Special due to the shorts not having credits; however the logo variant was present in the shorts in European prints.
- The full version, with Vulk heading a DJ turntable and shouting "Remix!" is only present in the specials and, for Europe, longer shorts (like Coconapple and Nixels). Most shorts' prints just use a still logo.
- For certain specials the logo has also been known to have Vulk's line dubbed, such as in Arabic, Polish, and Italian. On most occasions however dubs leave the line in English or without dialogue.
- While most dubs of Mixels leave the show as-is mostly without change, a couple of dubs make their own alterations:
- The Korean dub is the only one that replaces the series logo. The logo has been translated into many languages but usually only for promotional material or in the apps.
- The French dub is the only one that paints and edits over English text and replaces it, while other dubs simply caption or lector it. (More complex scenes just use subtitles, though).
- The European prints of the episodes all add the individual titles to each title card, while a select few like French and Arabic translate those. Most simply leave those titles in English and lector them.
- The first episode of Mixels to take up a full half-hour is Mixed Up Special. Mixel Moon Madness is the first half-hour episode to follow a single plotline, and A Quest for the Lost Mixamajig is the first half-hour episode to be originally produced as a single episode.
- In the series 1-3 episodes, the Mixels and nixels had different sized irises. In the series 4 special, "Mixel Moon madness", the new Mixel's pupils were both the same sizes, the Nixel's pupils, however, were still different in sizes. Starting with the series 5/6 special "A Quest for the Lost Mixamajig", both the new Mixel's and Nixel's pupils were the same sizes.
- This may or may not have something to do with the switching of animation from Toon Boom Harmony to digital ink and paint animation.
- Skulzy and the majority of Background Mixels that appear in the shows' voice actors were left unknown or uncredited.
- However, unlike Skulzy, the Background Mixels' voices are known and credited. It is just unsure which voices apply to which Mixels, as the characters are credited under numbers and generic names.
- In the United States, in addition to airing on Cartoon Network, the shorts have aired on sister network Boomerang.
- The first few shorts, when uploaded to Cartoon Network's YouTube, included a different version of the Mixels logo which had a yellow-to-orange gradient rather than a solid yellow and took up most of the screen. This version of the logo also appeared on the Series 1-2 prototype bags, meaning it was likely the original logo for the franchise. Despite this, the various Mix splashes use the old gradient text, regardless of the logo.
- The first season was produced in 2013, including the standalone minisodes from Mixed Up Special.
- The only countries to air Mixels on a different channel than Cartoon Network are France, which airs it on the kids' channel Gulli, and Spain, which airs it on the affiliated channel Boing, due to there not being a Cartoon Network in that country.
- On May 12, 2017, the Cartoon Network series Uncle Grandpa referenced Mixels in the episode "Transitional Phase", with a poster of a generic Mixel under a modified logo.
- According to Google Trends, the franchise itself was big in Eastern Europe and parts of Latin America.
- Main article: Mixels (TV series)/Gallery