Centaurworld
Season 1 promotional poster
Genre
Created byMegan Nicole Dong
Story byJen Bardekoff
Dominic Bisignano
Todd Casey
Aminder Dhaliwal
Megan Nicole Dong
Ryan Harer
Amalia Levari
Minty Lewis
Meghan McCarthy
Voices of
Theme music composerMegan Nicole Dong
ComposerToby Chu
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18
Production
Executive producerMegan Nicole Dong
ProducerLouis J. Cuck
Running time25–73 minutes
Production companies
Animation servicesMercury Filmworks
Red Dog Culture House
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseJuly 30 (2021-07-30) –
December 7, 2021 (2021-12-07)

Centaurworld[3] is an American animated musical comedy streaming television series created by Megan Nicole Dong, with songs by Dong and Dominic Bisignano.[3][4] Produced by Sketchshark Productions and Netflix Animation,[5] it premiered on Netflix on July 30, 2021.[1] A second and final season was released on December 7, 2021.[6][7]

Synopsis

Centaurworld follows a warhorse who is transported from her embattled world to a strange and colorful land inhabited by vibrant, singing centaurs of all species, shapes, and sizes.

Cast and characters

Main

Supporting

Production

The series was first announced in September 2019.[3]

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110July 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
28December 7, 2021 (2021-12-07)

Season 1 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal release date
11"Hello Rainbow Road"Megan Nicole DongJen Bardekoff, Dong & Jessie WongDavid Au, Dominic Bisignano, Dong & WongJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)[a]

In a war-torn land, a warhorse named Horse and its rider find their village burned to ash after they return from a mission to find the key to victory, a mysterious object known as the Artifact. When the opposing army of invaders attacks them, Rider and Horse reach a cliff. Horse begins to fall off the edge, and Rider tries to pull her back up, but Horse is too heavy and falls with the Artifact. Horse lands in a colorful world filled with strange centaurs of all shapes and sizes who befriend her, and she suddenly has the power of speech. Horse desperately wants to reunite with Rider, but she finds that she cannot leave due to an invisible barrier enclosing Centaur Valley. Horse persuades the centaurs to leave the safety of the valley, by using their magic to breach the barrier, and help her search for Rider.

Songs: "Rider’s Lullaby", "Welcome to Centaurworld", "Spells For Days", and "Hello Rainbow Road"
22"Fragile Things"Jen BennettMinty LewisMaha Tabikh, David Woo & Louie ZongJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)

After leaving Centaur Valley, Horse and Wammawink's herd follow the rainbow road in search of a shaman. While Wammawink tries to tell her herd to walk slowly so that they can remain safe, Horse charges ahead telling everyone that they need to have courage.

Songs: "Fragile Things", "Taurnado", and "What If I Forget Your Face"
33"The Key"Jeremy PolgarJen BardekoffMadeleine Flores & Samantha Suyi LeeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)

Horse, while chasing after what appears to be Rider, bumps into Waterbaby, the shaman. She tells them that the Artifact is part of a larger key, used to open the rift between Horse and Rider's home world and Centaurworld.

Songs: "Making Friendships–BOATS!", "Frustration Tears", and "The Key"
44"What You Need"Christina "Kiki" ManriqueTodd CaseyAlexandra Chiu & Chris PiankaJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)

Horse and the rest of the herd continue down the rainbow road to the Lost Forest, where the Tree Shamans reside. Wammawink is shaken due to the forest being where her village once resided, leaving Horse to lead the group. Together, they must confront the difference between what they want and what they need in order to receive the next key piece.

Songs: "What You Need", "He Never Says Anything Nice", "Rider's Lullaby (Reprise)", and "The Nowhere King"
55"It's Hidin' Time"Katie ShanahanRyan HarerCharlie Bryant, Quinne Larsen & David WooJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)

A rainstorm forces the herd into a cave, where they become trapped inside by a beartaur. Horse is confident that they can manage while Wammawink sleeps, so the group tries to find a way out without waking her.

Songs: "Where Does Food Come From", "It’s Hidin' Time", and "My Collection"
66"Holes: Part 2"Jen BennettAmalia Levari & Minty LewisMaha Tabikh, David Woo & Louie ZongJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)

The herd follows the rainbow road into a hole in the ground and must defend themselves in a trial against the next shaman, Judge Jacket, while Horse deals with her growing magical powers.

Songs: "I Stealz So I Can Feelz", "Baby's First Spell", "The Underground", and "The Butt of The Joke"
77"Johnny Teatime's Be Best Competition: A Quest for the Sash"Jeremy PolgarJen BardekoffMadeleine Flores & Samantha Suyi LeeJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)

Horse and the herd reach the location of the next shaman, Johnny Teatime, and Horse, with Zulius' help, tries to compete in a daily talent competition to win the next piece of the key.

Songs: "Everyday", "And We Do This Everyday", "I Don't Know Him", "Who Is She?", and "The Nowhere King (Reprise)"
88"Ride the Whaletaur Shaman!"Christina "Kiki" ManriqueTodd CaseyAlexandra Chiu & Chris PiankaJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)

The herd reaches the end of the rainbow road and the location of the last shaman. Horse feels lost because as her transformation has progressed, her memories of Rider have started to disappear. The rest of the group, worried about Horse, attempts to make her feel better.

Songs: "It's Gonna Be A While", "Welcome To The Bay", "Who Is She? (Reprise)", and "Fragile Things (Reprise)"
99"The Rift"Katie ShanahanAmalia LevariCharlie Bryant & Quinne LarsenJuly 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)
1010Jen BennettAminder DhaliwalChristine Liu, Maha Tabikh, David Woo & Louie Zong

Part 1: As the herd reaches the doorway to the rift, Wammawink tries to spend as much time as she can with Horse before Waterbaby arrives to complete the key.

Part 2: While Rider and Horse face the Nowhere King in the rift, Wammawink and her herd must escape the grasp of the Mysterious Woman.

Songs:

  • Part 1: "My Collection (Reprise)", "The Hero Of My Story (Comfortable Doug)", "Before You Go", "The Key (Reprise)", "I've Been Searching For You", and "The Nowhere King (Reprise 2)"
  • Part 2: "Nothing Good", "Nowhere King Battle", and "Separate Ways"

Season 2 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal release date
111"Horsatia Wighair Beansz?"Jeremy PolgarJen BardekoffMadeleine Flores, Samantha Suyi Lee & Christine LiuDecember 7, 2021 (2021-12-07)

Horse tries to recruit an army to defend Centaurworld, but no one wants to join. The herd visits the Horsetaurs' castle to see if they'll help.

Songs: "Recruitment Song", "The Power of Privilege", "Durpleton's Lullaby"
122"All Herd All the Terd"Christina "Kiki" ManriqueTodd CaseyAlexandra Chiu, Christine Liu & Chris PiankaDecember 7, 2021 (2021-12-07)

Up in their cloud condo complex, the Birdtaurs have been obsessively watching the herd. Horse and friends are their favorite reality stars!

Songs: "We've Been Watching You", "Crandy's Been Watching You (Reprise)", "Reenactment Chorus"
133"My Tummy, Your Hurts"Katie ShanahanAmalia LevariCharlie Bryant, Quinne Larsen & Christine LiuDecember 7, 2021 (2021-12-07)

Horse tries to enlist the fierce Coldtaurs in her battle --- but they capture Glendale! Back in the human world, Waterbaby sends a message to Rider.

Songs: "So Cold", "Durple-Drop", "Breathe in a Bag"

Note: This episode is dedicated to the memory of Maryam Chin Graul, who died on April 26, 2021, less than four months before the entire series was released.
144"Holes: Part 3"Jen BennettAminder DhaliwalChristine Liu, Maha Tabikh & Louie ZongDecember 7, 2021 (2021-12-07)

On a trip the Underground Kingdom, Horse learns that Rider has a magnificent new horse named Becky Apples. Would Rider really replace her?

Songs: "Becky Apples", "Holes Matter", "What Would You Say"
155"Bunch O' Scrunch"Jeremy PolgarJen BardekoffMadeleine Flores, Samantha Suyi Lee & Sopharra “Sophie” KimDecember 7, 2021 (2021-12-07)

Horse discovers a powerful ability. She can jump into backstories! And seeing the tough times her herd friends faced helps her feel less alone.

Songs: "Portal Tummy and Me", "My Very Favorite Time of Day", "The Best Dad"
166"The Ballad of Becky Apples"Christina "Kiki" ManriqueTodd CaseyAlexandra Chiu, Christine Liu & Chris PiankaDecember 7, 2021 (2021-12-07)

Rider defies the General's orders and goes to the Nowhere King's castle to get the artifact. But her new horse, Becky Apples, isn't exactly cooperative.

Songs: None (This is the only episode in the series to not have any songs.)
177"The Hootenanny"Katie ShanahanAmalia LevariCharlie Bryant, Quinne Larsen, Christine Liu & Allen ZhangDecember 7, 2021 (2021-12-07)

All of Centaurworld's residents gather for the hootenanny. But can Horse turn this colorful collection of creatures into a fearless army?

Songs: "What's a Hootenanny", "The Ballad of Guskin the Gophertaur", "Hootenanny Chorale"
188"The Last Lullaby"Jen Bennett, Christina "Kiki" Manrique & Jeremy PolgarJen Bardekoff, Todd Casey & Meghan McCarthyDominic Bisignano, Charlie Bryant, Alexandra Chiu, Megan Nicole Dong, Madeleine Flores, Quinne Larsen, Samantha Suyi Lee, Christine Liu, Chris Pianka, Maha Tabikh & Louie ZongDecember 7, 2021 (2021-12-07)

Horse leaps into the Nowhere King's mind and learns his haunting backstory. Meanwhile, Rider and the herd come up with a plan.

Songs: "Who Was She", "Elk Tour Suite, Pt. 1 & 2", "Once Shattered, Now Whole", "Digging Friend-holes", "Elk Tour Suite, Pt. 3 & 4", "Elk Tour Suite Pt. 5", "Elk Tour Suite Pt. 6", "The Legend of Flat Dallas", "General's Battle Song", "Battle Round", "Last Lullaby, Pt. 1", "Last Lullaby, Pt. 2", "Start Over - Stabbleton Intervention", "The Next Thing"

Music

Season 1

Centaurworld: Music from the Netflix Original Series
Soundtrack album
ReleasedJuly 30, 2021
Recorded2020
GenreSoundtrack
LabelCapitol Records

All music is composed by Toby Chu (orchestration and production; melody by the writers)

No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."Rider's Lullaby"Megan Nicole DongJessie Mueller1:04
2."Centaurworld"DongParvesh Cheena, Chris Diamantopoulos, Dong, Kimiko Glenn, Megan Hilty, Josh Radnor & chorus1:25
3."Spells For Days"DongCheena, Diamantopoulos, Dong, Hilty & Radnor0:51
4."Hello Rainbow Road"DongGlenn & chorus2:27
5."Fragile Things"DongGlenn & Hilty2:29
6."Taurnado"DongDong, Glenn & chorus2:43
7."What If I Forget Your Face"DongGlenn2:33
8."Making Friendships–BOATS!"Dominic BisignanoCheena, Diamantopoulos, Dong & Radnor0:46
9."Frustration Tears"DongGlenn1:40
10."The Key"DongGlenn & Renée Elise Goldsberry with Toby Chu2:07
11."What You Need"DongFirst Aid Kit1:18
12."He Never Says Anything Nice"BisignanoRadnor0:41
13."Rider’s Lullaby (Reprise)"DongGlenn0:47
14."The Nowhere King"DongRandy Crenshaw, Allie Feder, Baraka May & Fletcher Sheridan1:15
15."Where Does Food Come From"DongCheena, Dong, Diamantopoulos, Glenn & Radnor1:10
16."It’s Hidin’ Time"DongCrenshaw, Feder, May & Sheridan0:46
17."My Collection"BisignanoGlenn & David Johansen1:38
18."I Stealz So I Can Feelz"DongDong0:44
19."Baby’s First Spell"DongCheena, Diamantopoulos, Dong, Hilty & Radnor1:13
20."The Underground"DongSantigold; Backup: Dong, Glenn & Hilty1:06
21."The Butt of the Joke"DongGlenn & Paul F. Tompkins1:57
22."And We Do This Everyday"BisignanoFred Armisen, Diamantopoulos, Dong, Glenn, Hilty & chorus1:35
23."I Don’t Know Him"BisignanoArmisen, Cheena, Dong & Hilty1:18
24."Who Is She?"DongDong, Glenn & Hilty2:14
25."The Nowhere King (Reprise 2)"DongChu, Crenshaw, Feder, May & Sheridan0:47
26."It’s Gonna Be a While"BisignanoBisignano, Carl Faruolo & Glenn2:10
27."Welcome to the Bay"DongRosalie Craig1:50
28."Who Is She? (Reprise)"DongGlenn2:09
29."Fragile Things (Reprise)"DongHilty & Craig1:20
30."My Collection (Reprise)"DongDong0:29
31."The Hero of My Story (Comfortable Doug)"BisignanoFlula Borg & chorus2:50
32."Before You Go"DongDiamantopoulos, Glenn & Hilty1:49
33."The Key (Reprise)"DongGoldsberry0:54
34."I’ve Been Searching For You"DongGlenn & Mueller2:50
35."Nothing Good"DongLea Salonga & Hilty1:40
36."Nowhere King Battle"BisignanoGoldsberry, Hilty, Brian Stokes Mitchell & chorus2:07
37."Separate Ways"DongGlenn & Mueller2:08
Total length:59:06

Note: The song "Everyday", from the episode "Johnny Teatime's Be Best Competition: A Quest for the Sash", does not appear on the album.

Season 2

Centaurworld: S2 (Soundtrack from the Netflix Series)
Soundtrack album
ReleasedDecember 7, 2021
Recorded2020
GenreSoundtrack
LabelCapitol Records

All music is composed by Toby Chu (orchestration and production; melody by the writers)

No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."Recruitment Song"Dominic BisignanoKimiko Glenn, Fred Armisen, Santigold, Chris Diamantopoulos, Megan Hilty, Megan Nicole Dong, Parvesh Cheena, Josh Radnor, Carl Faruolo2:41
2."The Power of Privilege"BisignanoMaria Bamford, Diamantopoulos, & Glenn1:22
3."Durpleton's Lullaby"BisignanoRadnor1:42
4."We've Been Watching You"DongScott Hoying, Grey Griffin, Glenn, & chorus2:30
5."Crandy's Been Watching You (reprise)"DongColleen Ballinger0:27
6."Reenactment Chorus"BisignanoCheena, Hoying, Dong, Glenn, Radnor, Hilty, and Toby Chu3:58
7."So Cold"BisignanoDee Bradley Baker, Jessie Mueller, Glenn, Hilty, & Diamantopoulos1:17
8."Durple-Drop"BisignanoRadnor & chorus0:30
9."Breathe in a Bag"DongDong, Baker, Mueller, Diamantopoulos, & Hilty1:52
10."Becky Apples"DongGlenn & Hilty2:19
11."Holes Matter"BisignanoSantigold, Donna Lynn Champlin, Fred Tatasciore, Dong, & chorus2:14
12."What Would You Say"BisignanoRadnor & Baker1:50
13."Portal Tummy and Me"DongIsabella Russo0:49
14."My Very Favorite Time of Day"BisignanoRoman Engel & Glenn1:21
15."The Best Dad"DongAndy Walken, Tony Hale, Wendie Malick, & Glenn2:15
16."What's a Hootenanny"DongThe Centaurworld Cast3:32
17."The Ballad of Guskin the Gophertaur"BisignanoThe Centaurworld Cast3:06
18."Hootenanny Chorale"DongGlenn & The Centaurworld Cast1:39
19."Who Was She"DongGlenn2:02
20."Elk Tour Suite, Pt. 1 & 2"BisignanoBrian Stokes Mitchell & Lea Salonga1:39
21."Once Shattered, Now Whole"DongBrian d'Arcy James, Mitchell, Salonga & choir1:47
22."Digging Friend-holes"DongFlula Borg, Mueller, Radnor & chorus0:46
23."Elk Tour Suite, Pt. 3 & 4"BisignanoMitchell and Diamantopoulos, with Armisen & Ballinger3:07
24."Elk Tour Suite Pt. 5"BisignanoMitchell1:13
25."Elk Tour Suite Pt. 6"BisignanoMitchell & Diamantopoulos2:16
26."The Legend of Flat Dallas"DongBorg & chorus1:43
27."General's Battle Song"DongJames, Mueller, Baker, & Hilty1:33
28."Battle Round"BisignanoGlenn, Hilty, Dong, Radnor, Cheena, & Diamantopoulos2:19
29."Last Lullaby, Pt. 1"DongSalonga, James, & Mitchell1:33
30."Last Lullaby, Pt. 2"DongGlenn & Mueller1:49
31."Start Over - Stabbleton Intervention"DongHilty, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Glenn, Radnor, Baker, & chorus1:14
32."The Next Thing"DongGlenn, Mueller, Hilty, Goldsberry, Radnor, Baker, Borg, Faruolo, Ballinger, Hoying, Cheena, & Diamantopoulos3:14
Total length:61:42

Release

Centaurworld was released on Netflix on July 30, 2021.[1] A trailer debuted at the virtual Annecy International Animation Film Festival event in June 2021.[11][12] A trailer and release date for the second season was posted on November 9, 2021.[6]

Reception

The first season of Centaurworld holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[13]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2021 Ursa Major Awards Best Dramatic Series Centaurworld Nominated [14]
2022 Children's and Family Emmys Outstanding Casting for an Animated Program Linda Lamontagne Nominated
Outstanding Voice Directing for an Animated Series Kristi Reed Won
Outstanding Younger Voice Performer in an Animated or Preschool Animated Program Andy Walken for playing Young Durpleton ("Bunch O' Scrunch") Won

Notes

  1. ^ This episode was released on the Netflix Futures YouTube channel on July 26, 2021 ahead of the debut of the first season.

References

  1. ^ a b c Tartaglione, Nancy (June 14, 2021). "'Centaurworld': Netflix Drops First Trailer For Kids Series, Sets Release Date – Annecy". Deadline. Archived from the original on July 27, 2021. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  2. ^ Milligan, Kaitlin (September 3, 2019). "Netflix Orders Animated Musical Comedy Series CENTAURWORLD". Broadway World. Archived from the original on July 28, 2021. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Netflix Orders Animated Musical Comedy Series Centaurworld From First-Time Showrunner Megan Nicole Dong". Netflix Media Center (Press release). September 3, 2019. Archived from the original on July 28, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  4. ^ Brown, Tracy (August 9, 2021). "Netflix's quirky new cartoon comes from a surprising source: high-school show choir". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 2, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  5. ^ Porter, Rick (September 3, 2019). "Animated Kids' Series 'Centaurworld' a Go at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 28, 2021. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Megan Nicole Dong [@sketchshark] (November 9, 2021). "I can finally say that #centaurworld Season 2 is coming December 7th and I can't wait for you all to see it! Our cast and crew did incredible work and I'm so proud of everyone. (Also shoutout to @ClevelandBanana for our amazing trailer!)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Centaurworld Creator Megan Nicole Dong Talks Season 2, That Finale, and Comfortable Doug". ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on 12 February 2022. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  8. ^ a b c d e Milligan, Mercedes (June 14, 2021). "Annecy: Netflix Kids & Family Animation Unbridles 'Centaurworld' Trailer; New Images for 'Karma's World,' 'Back to the Outback' & 'Vivo'". Animation Magazine. Archived from the original on July 27, 2021. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  9. ^ Grey DeLisle [@greylisle] (July 31, 2021). "Watch #Centaurworld on @Netflix!!!! Mostly because it's GREAT but partly because I'm in it!!!!!!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Craig, Jo. "Will Centaurworld Return for Season 3? Netflix Renewal Explored" Archived 2021-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, HITC, December 8, 2021
  11. ^ Elderkin, Beth (June 14, 2021). "In Centaurworld's First Trailer, a War Horse Swaps Battles for Ballads". Gizmodo. Archived from the original on July 28, 2021. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  12. ^ Netflix Futures (June 14, 2021). Centaurworld NEW Series Trailer | Netflix Futures. YouTube. Archived from the original on July 30, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  13. ^ "Centaurworld - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on August 10, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  14. ^ dronon (March 18, 2022). "Voting is open for the 2021 Ursa Major Awards". FurteanTimes.com/Flayrah. Archived from the original on March 8, 2022. Retrieved March 22, 2022.