Elliott from Earth
Elliott from Earth Logo.png
GenreScience fiction
Comedy
Adventure
Created byGuillaume Cassuto
Mic Graves
Tony Hull
Directed byRhys Byfield
Mikey Please
Voices of
  • Samuel Faraci
  • Noah Kaye Bentley
  • Naomi McDonald
Theme music composerXav Clarke
ComposerXav Clarke
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producersMic Graves
Sarah Fell
Sam Register
Patricia Hidalgo
ProducersSarah Fell
Emma Fernando
EditorTony Hull
Running time11 minutes
Production companyCartoon Network Studios Europe
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseMarch 29 (2021-03-29) –
April 9, 2021 (2021-04-09)
Chronology
RelatedThe Amazing World of Gumball

Elliott from Earth is an animated television series created by Guillaume Cassuto, Mic Graves and Tony Hull for Cartoon Network.[1] Produced by Cartoon Network Studios Europe, it premiered in the United Kingdom on March 6, 2021.[2] In the United States, it aired from March 29[3] to April 9, 2021.

Premise

Eleven-year-old Elliott and his geologist mother Frankie travel around looking for meteorites on Earth, so that Frankie can further study a 65-million-year-old rock which appears to be from space but lacks a fusion crust. One night, the two accidentally power up the rock, revealing it to be alien technology that can turn into a transport sphere and launch into space. The sphere transports them to another side of the Universe, where they end up on a large space station called the Centrium. There, they meet a dinosaur who names himself Mo, and end up losing the rock in the wilderness of a biosphere. The three of them investigate their new environment and meet its alien inhabitants, eventually making their way into the city on the Centrium where they find a new home for themselves. In Centrium City, the trio continues to get accustomed to the ways of life there and explore the wonders of their new home, while Frankie continues her search for answers about the mysterious rock.

Characters

Protagonists

Aliens

Casts

Production

The show's pitch was greenlit for 20 episodes by Cartoon Network Studios Europe. Production started in September 2018,[4] consisting mostly of the production team from Cartoon Network's The Amazing World of Gumball.[5] The show aired on March 29, 2021, consisting of sixteen 11-minute episodes.[6] In October 2019, the series creator and original showrunner Guillaume Cassuto left the series due to parting ways with Cartoon Network.[7]

On August 17, 2022, it was announced that the HBO Max would be removing several series, including Elliott from Earth.[8]

Episodes

Every episode was directed by Rhys Byfield and Mikey Please, with Mic Graves and Tony Hull serving as supervising directors.

No.TitleWritten byStoryboard byOriginal air date [6]Prod.
code [6]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
Chapter One: The Journey Begins
1
2
3
4
"Wednesday"Mic Graves, Tony Hull, Joe Markham, and Joe ParhamOliver HamiltonMarch 29, 2021 (2021-03-29)1010.15[9]
Mic Graves and Tony HullOliver HamiltonMarch 29, 2021 (2021-03-29)1020.15[9]
Mic Graves and Tony HullOliver Hamilton and David VinicombeMarch 29, 2021 (2021-03-29)1030.15[9]
Mic Graves and Tony HullConstance Bouckaert and Eva FigueroaMarch 29, 2021 (2021-03-29)1040.15[9]

Part 1: Elliott and his geologist mom, Frankie, travel in their RV. Frankie continues trying to find someone who will take her theory of extraterrestrial life seriously, while Elliott's attempts to make friends is stifled by their constant moving. After another failed excursion on both parts, resulting in Elliott speaking up about his frustration with having to move so often, the two of them suddenly learn that the meteorite they own has something important to show them. Upon realizing that the meteorite is seemingly returning to wherever it came from, Elliott and Frankie decide to go with it in search of the answers they've been seeking, and are launched into space with it.

Part 2: Elliott and Frankie are transported by their meteorite to a swamp area full of alien plants and talking frog-like creatures with natural electricity called babbledrogs, where they end up losing the meteorite. They later encounter a nearsighted talking dinosaur who names himself Mo, after Elliott's aunt. As Elliott and Frankie enjoy the flora and fauna of their new environment, asking questions about it and getting to know their new dinosaur friend, they spot a small robotic creature and give chase through the strange environment in the hopes of catching it. Meanwhile, the meteorite is charged by a small electric pulse given off by a babbledrog.

Part 3: The group meets a two-headed alien maintenance worker named Kane, and learn that they are in a biosphere within a large space station. They are aided by Kane, who tries to hide them from his boss, as they make their way out of the biosphere. Elliott and Frankie also learn that Mo is apparently from Earth but had been living in the biosphere for his whole life. This confuses Kane, who tells them that Mo wasn't supposed to be in the biosphere, leading Elliott and Frankie to wonder how Mo got there in the first place. After Kane helps the trio sneak past his boss and out of the maintenance tunnels, he sends them on their way to a vast, futuristic city area.

Part 4: The group gets lost in their new city environment, and soon become desperate for a place to stay as night falls. After turning down an offer from a creepy-looking alien, they take up the offer of a kindly old lady who invites them into her home. The lady, however, turns out to actually be a gorgon who lures people into her house and turns them into ice sculptures. After curbing her habit and gaining their freedom, the group decides to take the creepy-looking stranger's previous offer, and receive new habitation pods to live in with interiors that exactly resemble their old homes.
Chapter Two: A New Home
5"Idiosyncratic Induction"Mic Graves and Tony HullEva FigueroaMarch 30, 2021 (2021-03-30)1050.22[10]
Elliott and Frankie are taken to the Hive, the school-like hub of knowledge on the Centrium, with Mo following them there. While Frankie is taken away for lecturing, Elliott is shown around by the infant-like Hive Director and taken to a class of students. However, he worries about not fitting in with them due to his bad past experiences with schools on Earth, but Mo is there to make sure he makes friends quickly. The two of them try introducing themselves to the class, and are quickly accepted by the other students, who are eager to meet them. They then meet the former-warlord Kallous, who appears threatening at first but ends up being their teacher.
6"Memory Mayhem"Mic Graves, Tony Hull, and Richard OverallConstance Bouckaert and Eva FigueroaMarch 30, 2021 (2021-03-30)1060.24[10]
Simultaneously occurring with the previous episode's events, Frankie is taken by a droid named 105E to "give" a lecture about Earth to an entity composed of many individuals working together called the Head of the Hive. When she mentions the meteorite that brought her and Elliott there and the Head becomes interested in it, she must get 105E and her mutualite—a creature with a symbiotic relationship to 105E, who has the ability to look at memories—to show her memory of the rock to them before they run out of time. Ultimately, they are just a few moments too late and are unable to show the memory of the rock to the Head. After a discovery about the circumstances of their crash-landing, though, the Head reveals that it will be able to send droids to search through part of the biosphere, and that they may be able to find the rock after all. Meanwhile, in the biosphere, babbledrogs continue to inadvertently charge the rock through their natural electricity.
7"Developing Dilemma"Guillaume Cassuto, Mic Graves, Tony Hull, Daran Johnson, Joe Markham, Joe Parham, and Jess RansomJuanpe Arroyo and Eva FigueroaMarch 31, 2021 (2021-03-31)1070.18[11]
Elliott gets a new pet that resembles a minuscule blob. Meanwhile, Frankie meets her three-headed neighbor, Mrs. Argolis, who has a habit of belittling people. She tries to befriend them over coffee, but Elliott's new pet suddenly increases in size and soon flees with their neighbor in its grasp, resulting in Elliott and Frankie having to rescue her. Elliott eventually realizes that the pet appears to feed on others' negativity and grows as a result, and convinces Mrs. Argolis to try being nice so that it shrinks back down to its regular docile size. Afterward, Mrs. Argolis continues to be a bit kinder to the two of them, suggesting they could visit and share another coffee sometime soon.
8"Inadvertent Inversion"Mic Graves, Tony Hull, and Richard OverallEva Figueroa, Chuck Klein, and Oliver HamiltonMarch 31, 2021 (2021-03-31)1080.19[11]
While at the Hive, Elliott and Mo attend a food class taught by an alien named Gym. Meanwhile, Frankie meets the Director's husband, who runs the day-to-day functions of the Hive. After the Director and her husband leave for a moment, Frankie accidentally activates the controls to the entire building, causing everything to suddenly shift on its axis. Frankie tries to fix it using the controls, while Elliott and Mo attempt to do the same in another room by reaching a reset lever. Eventually the Hive Director returns in the middle of the chaos, and shows Frankie how to fix the building's orientation by simply adjusting how she holds the controls. After the situation is resolved and Gym's class ends, Frankie leaves alongside the Hive Director, telling her that she's still taking some time to get used to the ways of life on the Centrium.
9"Regurgitated Reminiscence"Guillaume Cassuto, Mic Graves, Tony Hull, Joe Markham, and Joe ParhamBianca AnsemsApril 1, 2021 (2021-04-01)1090.19[12]
Elliott accidentally breaks Frankie's coffee machine and, despite buying a newer one, is still tasked with trying to get the old one back after he threw it away. He and Mo go to a service that can recreate it through an alien's ability to generate items from memories, but the memory is blurred due to Elliott never paying much attention to the coffee machine before. They next head to the recycling plant, where they find other discarded machines and droids. Upon finding the coffee machine, one of the discarded machines tells them that they must escape before they are dumped into the incinerator. After making their escape, though, they find that there was never any danger to begin with and that the machine lied about it. The workers at the recycling plant then fix the coffee machine for Elliott, and are able to repair the other discarded machines and droids as well.
10"Chaotic Clumping"Guillaume Cassuto, Mic Graves, Tony Hull, Daran Johnson, Joe Markham, Richard Overall, and Mikey PleaseOliver HamiltonApril 1, 2021 (2021-04-01)1100.18[12]
After missing the school bus, Elliott and Mo decide to take a teleportation machine to school so that they are not late. They go in together, and end up merged into one by it. While at first uncomfortable and awkward in their new predicament, they soon end up loving it when they believe they're twice as strong together. However, things soon begin to go wrong as they start to have disagreements, and their teacher, Lord Kallous, demands that only one of them take credit for their recent test. This results in the two getting into an argument over who will get an F on the test, and wanting to split. When they see two-headed aliens splitting up in the same way and notice that all of the duos hate each other, Mo begins to worry that it means Elliott must hate him in the same way. Elliott reassures him and decides that they don't have to split after all, saying that he'd rather be uncomfortable merged with Mo than risk losing him forever. They return to Kallous to tell him the news, only for Kallous to tell them that they were never merged—only stuck in the same clothing. In the end, they still decide to both take the F on the test, together.
11"Parallel Paradox"Guillaume Cassuto, Mic Graves, Tony Hull, Daran Johnson, and Richard OverallJuanpe ArroyoApril 2, 2021 (2021-04-02)1110.26[13]
After getting inspired by a friendly encounter Frankie had, Elliott decides to do a good deed for a stranger, but accidentally sets up his afternoon with two events scheduled at once: a going-away party for a stranger named Dugg, and helping with an event at a hot dog stand. With Mo's help, Elliott utilizes a hologram to be in two places at once, which turns out to be rather difficult. Eventually he begins to figure it out, even managing to successfully give a speech to both parties at once. However, Mo ends up accidentally revealing that Elliott is using a hologram, and Elliott comes forward with the truth about it. Other attendees at Dugg's party, and Dugg himself, turn out to be using similar methods to "attend" it without actually being there, much like Elliott did. Despite his plan with the hologram not working the way he'd expected, things still end up working out for both sides of Elliott's afternoon.
12"Problematic Prophecies"Guillaume Cassuto, Mic Graves, Tony Hull, Daran Johnson, Joe Markham, Joe Parham, and Jess RansomEva FigueroaApril 5, 2021 (2021-04-05)1120.24[14]
Elliott and Mo are impressed with their classmate Nara's ability to see the future, a power that she is bored with. They agree to exchange abilities, with Elliott and Mo giving her talents of theirs and receiving her power to see the future. The two of them walk through the city and use their new powers around town, fascinated at first but quickly growing bored from already knowing everything that will happen. Suddenly, they discover that Nara is about to be caught in a fatal accident, and they work together to try and find every possible outcome to rescue her from it. Though at first it seems that they end up failing, it turns out that Nara was able to use Mo's talent—bending backwards for limbo—to narrowly avoid the accident and save herself. Afterward, Elliott and Mo beg Nara to re-exchange abilities with them, and she agrees to take her powers back.
13"Temporal Tedium"Guillaume Cassuto, Adam Hess, Daran Johnson, Joe Markham, Joe Parham, and Jess RansomGuillaume Cassuto and David de RooijApril 6, 2021 (2021-04-06)1130.25[15]
Elliott and Mo decide to befriend Preston, a small green slime ball alien who moves, talks and responds slowly. After trying to include him in the day's activities, though, they soon realize that he's too slow for them, but accidentally hurt his feelings when they later say it aloud without realizing that he's listening. Preston decides to throw away the necklace he wears, which turns out to be what slowed him down, but begins to rapidly age as a result. Elliott, Mo and Preston enter the Centrium's trash dump to find it, but must avoid a large garbage-eating monster and get the necklace back before Preston reaches the end of his lifespan. Elliott successfully retrieves it, but appears to be too late when Preston reaches the end of his life and turns to dust. For a moment, Elliott is distraught that he seemingly killed Preston, before he and Mo watch as Preston regenerates himself as an infant. Preston reveals to them that it was all a prank, since his species has the ability to regenerate. Elliott and Mo return the necklace to Preston once he has aged back to his usual state, and they agree to keep being friends.
14"Companion Confusion"Guillaume Cassuto, Daran Johnson, Joe Markham, Joe Parham, Mikey Please, and Jess RansomGuillaume Cassuto and Marylene SunApril 7, 2021 (2021-04-07)1140.21[16]
After seeing a romantic superhero movie, Elliott and Mo believe they need to find "the one" for themselves or else they'll be unhappy. With all of their knowledge of it coming from films and TV, their attempts include recreating cliché scenes from romance films, asking the guidance counselor for advice, and looking for someone opposite to them, but ultimately nothing works. Their final attempt is to put themselves in apparent danger so "the one" will save them, just like in the superhero movie they saw earlier, but reality ensues when they end up causing a real disaster instead. In a parallel to the movie from the episode's beginning, Mo ventures into the chaos and saves Elliott. After the disaster, Elliott and Mo realize that there is no "one" who will randomly show up to save them, because it only exists in movies and TV shows. Satisfied with this conclusion and no longer concerned, they then agree that they should leave after causing a mess. As they move on, an emergency responder watches them, and remarks that the duo is "perfect for each other".
15"Melancholic Megalomaniac"Guillaume Cassuto, Mic Graves, Tony Hull, Daran Johnson, Joe Markham, Joe Parham, and Jess RansomJuanpe Arroyo and Eva FigueroaApril 8, 2021 (2021-04-08)1150.19[17]
After accidentally causing major damage to the school washroom, Elliott and Mo are surprised to see that Lord Kallous is feeling too miserable to do his job as a teacher. Hoping to cheer him up, they go to his home to see him, but instead meet his henchman. There, they learn about Kallous's past as a tyrant, including that he once knew someone named Prince Cryon. Upon learning this, Elliott and Mo assume that Kallous must be upset because he misses Cryon. They manage to make a clone of Cryon with help from a friend of theirs, and plan to bring Cryon to a surprise meeting with Kallous at a fancy restaurant. However, Cryon turns out to be Kallous' arch-enemy, and the two of them start to fight to the death. When Kallous begins to win the fight, Elliott and Mo hurriedly help Cryon escape just before he is destroyed. Kallous, unaware that Cryon escaped and believing that he successfully defeated his arch-enemy at last, is cheered up after all and returns to his usual menacing self. Meanwhile, Cryon ventures into the city to explore the new world he's found himself in.
16"Diminishing Discourse"Mic Graves, Tony Hull, and Richard OverallConstance Bouckaert and Oliver HamiltonApril 9, 2021 (2021-04-09)1160.17[18]
Elliott and Frankie tell Mo the truth about what happened to the dinosaurs, upsetting him greatly and leading to a falling-out between them when Mo roars at Elliott for the first time. Afterward, Elliott and Frankie notice that everyone on the Centrium suddenly cannot speak the same language anymore, and soon learn that it was caused by a problem with the babbledrogs. Elliott and Frankie decide to go into the biosphere that they first landed in, where they meet 105E and discover that something has paralyzed nearly all of the babbledrogs in there, keeping the creatures from "creating language" for the Centrium. As they travel through the biosphere, Elliott finds the place where he first met Mo, and feels concerned and upset about what happened earlier. Soon, Elliott and Frankie discover that their lost meteorite is the cause of the problems when they find it surrounded by a huge pile of paralyzed babbledrogs. Mo, who appears after following them there earlier, is able to recover the lost meteorite and makes up with Elliott when they reunite. However, as Mo shows Frankie the meteorite, Frankie accidentally activates it. The meteorite turns into the transport sphere again with Frankie and Mo inside, and says that it's taking the two of them to Mo's "home". Frankie promises to come back for Elliott just before being launched out of the biosphere and into space, leaving Elliott stunned.

LGBTQ representation

See also: Cartoon Network and LGBTQ representation

In the second part of the four-part episode "Wednesday", Frankie, one of the main protagonists of the series, mentions that she and her unnamed wife gave birth to Elliott, revealing Frankie as a lesbian.[19]

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