Craig of the Creek
Genre
Created byMatt Burnett
Ben Levin
Directed by
  • Supervising Directors:
  • Stu Livingston (S1)
  • Tiffany Ford (S3–)
  • Art Director:
  • Martin Ansolabehere
  • Animation Director:
  • Eddy Houchins (supervising)
Voices of
ComposerJeff Rosenstock
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes110 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Curtis Lelash (S1–2)
  • Jennifer Pelphrey
  • Tramm Wigzell
  • Rob Sorcher
  • Brian A. Miller
  • Matt Burnett
  • Ben Levin
  • Co-Executive Producer:
  • Conrad Montgomery
ProducersSupervising Producer:
Kelly Crews
Running time11 minutes
Production companyCartoon Network Studios
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Picture format1080i HDTV
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releasePilot: December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01) (CN App)
Series: February 19, 2018 (2018-02-19) (CN App & Online)
March 30, 2018 (2018-03-30) (TV) –
present

Craig of the Creek is an American animated television series created by Matt Burnett and Ben Levin for Cartoon Network. The show's pilot episode debuted directly on the official app on December 1, 2017.[1] The series premiered online on February 19, 2018, with a double-premiere event airing on March 30, 2018.[2]

On July 15, 2019, it was announced that it was renewed for a third season which premiered on June 21, 2020.[3] On February 17, 2021, the series was renewed for a fourth season.[4]

Synopsis

In the fictional suburban Baltimore/DC area town of Herkleton, Maryland, a boy named Craig Williams and his two friends, Kelsey Pokoly and John Paul "J.P." Mercer, have their many adventures in the titular creek, described as a kid utopia of untamed wilderness in which tribes of children reign over tree forts and dirt bike ramps.[5]

Characters

Main article: List of Craig of the Creek characters

Main

Craig's family

Episodes

Main article: List of Craig of the Creek episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotDecember 1, 2017
140March 30, 2018March 11, 2019
240March 18, 2019June 11, 2020
3TBAJune 21, 2020TBA

Production

Development

The greenlit announcement publicly made on March 30, 2017 alongside other shows such as Apple & Onion and Summer Camp Island.[6] Matt Burnett also stated on his Twitter account that he and his team had recently begun production around that time.[7]

LGBTQ representation

Main article: LGBTQ representation in Craig of the Creek

In April 2018, two lesbian characters were confirmed in Craig of the Creek. In their debut episode, "The Curse", Tabitha refuses to go college and wants to spend more time with Courtney, which makes Courtney blush. At the end of the episode, they're holding hands. In "The Haunted Dollhouse", the two end up kissing in fear when they believe that something supernatural actually happened.

International broadcast

The series made its international debut on Teletoon in Canada on May 3, 2018.[8]

Home media

Craig of the Creek home video releases
Season Episodes Release dates
United States
1 2019 13 Volume 1: Itch to Explore: March 19, 2019
Episodes: "Itch to Explore" – "Lost in the Sewers"

Reception

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2018 Common Sense Media Common Sense Seal Entire series Won[9]
2019 Annie Award Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Episode: "Escape from Family Dinner" (Matt Burnett, Ben Levin, Shauna McGarry, Jeff Trammell, Tiffany Ford)[10] Nominated
2020 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Children's Animated Series Nominated[11][12]
2021 GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Kids & Family Programming Nominated[13]

Spin-off series

On February 17, 2021, it was announced that a spin-off series centered on Craig's little sister Jessica was in development. Titled Jessica's Big Little World, the new series is set to air as part of Cartoon Network's upcoming Cartoonito block.[14]

References

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Head to the Creek for Endless Adventure with "Craig of the Creek" Beginning Monday, Feb. 19 on Cartoon Network" (Press release). Cartoon Network. February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018 – via The Futon Critic.
  3. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (15 July 2019). "Cartoon Network Greenlights 'The Fungies!', 'Craig' S3 & 'Victor and Valentino' S2". Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  4. ^ "WarnerMedia Expands Kids & Family Offerings on Cartoon Network and HBO Max Under New Tagline Redraw Your World" (Press release). WarnerMedia. February 17, 2021. Archived from the original on February 17, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  5. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (March 30, 2017). "Cartoon Network Greenlights Two New Series as Part of "Holistic" Multiplatform Slate". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  6. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (March 30, 2017). "Cartoon Network Greenlights Two New Series as Part of "Holistic" Multiplatform Slate". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  7. ^ Burnett, Matt [@Matt___Burnett] (March 30, 2017). "Specifically, a TV show we created! CRAIG OF THE CREEK! Coming eventually. Because we just started working on it and animation takes a while" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Craig Of The Creek Premieres On Teletoon Canada On Thursday 3rd May". regularcapital.toonsphere.com. April 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Cartoon Network's Craig Of The Creek Awarded A Common Sense Seal - RegularCapital". 9 May 2018. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  10. ^ "46th Annual Annie Awards". annieawards.org. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  11. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (May 21, 2020). "Daytime Emmy Nominees: 'Elena of Avalor,' 'Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure' Lead Toon Contenders". Animation Magazine.
  12. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (July 26, 2020). "Daytime Emmy Awards: 'Dragon Prince,' 'Ask the Storybots' & 'Last Kids on Earth' Win Key Animation Categories for Netflix". Animation Magazine.
  13. ^ "The Nominees for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards". glaad.org.
  14. ^ "WarnerMedia Kids & Family to Debut Cartoonito, New Preschool Programming Block Based on Humancentric Learning to Launch this Fall on Cartoon Network and HBO Max" (Press release). WarnerMedia. February 17, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.