Kid Cosmic
Season 1 promotional poster
Created byCraig McCracken
Based onThe Kid from Planet Earth
by Craig McCracken
Developed by
Voices of
  • Andy Bean
  • Edward Underhill (S3)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes24
Executive producers
ProducerDave Thomas
AnimatorMercury Filmworks
  • Nico Colaeo
  • Jay Wade Edwards
Running time14–28 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02) –
February 3, 2022 (2022-02-03)

Kid Cosmic is an American animated superhero television series created by Craig McCracken and developed by McCracken, Lauren Faust and Francisco Angones for Netflix. The series was based on his 2009 comic The Kid from Planet Earth. Produced in-house by Netflix Animation, the show is McCracken's first to have a serialized format, as well as his second foray into the superhero genre, having previously created The Powerpuff Girls.[1][2] Illustrated in a "retro 2D" style inspired by comics such as Dennis the Menace and The Adventures of Tintin, the series follows Kid, a young boy who gets a chance to become a superhero and fight evil aliens alongside other characters with different abilities.[3][1]

The first season of the series titled The Local Heroes! was released on February 2, 2021. The second season, subtitled The Intergalactic Truckstop!, was released on September 7, 2021. The third and final season, subtitled The Global Heroes!, was released on February 3, 2022.[4][5]


Kid Cosmic follows Kid, a young boy who naïvely fantasizes about becoming a superhero, living in a junkyard in a thinly populated stretch of desert in New Mexico.[1] When a spaceship crashes in the area, he discovers it has onboard five "Cosmic Stones of Power" that give him the chance of fulfilling his dream. When the stones attract alien invasions, he forms a motley team of superheroes to defend the Earth from them.[3][1] This team, with each member having a stone giving them a unique power, consist of Kid's grandpa, George "Papa G" Mulligan (Old Man Many Men), who can create multiple clones of himself; Kid's friend Jo (Portal Girl), who has the ability to teleport; Rosa (Niña Gigantica), a four-year-old girl who can become a 40-foot giant; and Tuna Sandwich (The Precognitive Cat), a cat that can predict the future with a third eye on his forehead.[6] They are accompanied by Stuck Chuck, an alien invader stranded on Earth after the destruction of his ship. Stuck Chuck's mission is to steal the Cosmic Stones for his Great Leader.[2][6]

In the second season, the Local Heroes are teleported into space and have to go on a quest to find the other eight Stones of Power to fight against Erodius the Planet Killer.

In the third and final season, the Local Heroes, now the Global Heroes, find out that there is actually a fourteenth silver Cosmic Stone of Power of healing, and learn further revelations about Erodious and the world they're currently in, requiring that they must make great sacrifices.

Voice cast





SeasonEpisodesSubtitleOriginally released
110The Local Heroes!February 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)
28The Intergalactic Truckstop!September 7, 2021 (2021-09-07)
36The Global Heroes!February 3, 2022 (2022-02-03)

Season 1: The Local Heroes! (2021)

Each episode was directed by Craig McCracken, but various others co-direct with him.

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TitleCo-director(s)Written byStoryboard byOriginal release date
11"The Rings of Power!"Dave ThomasTeleplay by : Francisco Angones, Craig McCracken & Kevin Seccia
Story by : Francisco Angones, Craig McCracken, Dave Thomas & Justin Nichols
Craig McCracken, Justin Nichols & Dave ThomasFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)
In the depths of space, a fleet of orange aliens attack a spacecraft carrying five Stones of Power. Badly damaged, the spacecraft's pilot uses the purple Stone's power to evade all but one of the pursuing aliens and crash-lands in an unspecified area of the American desert. The wreckage is discovered by superhero fanatic Kid, who recovers the Stones and makes them into rings, dubbing himself "Kid Cosmic". He takes the green Stone for himself, which gives him the power of flight. He shows off his power to his friend Jo, a teenager working at her mother's diner in town. Jo takes the purple Stone, granting the power to create portals. The two are ambushed by the orange alien from the fleet (later nicknamed "Stuck Chuck" by Jo) but manage to trap him in the floor of Kid's trailer. Chuck tells Jo and Kid that the Stones' presence on Earth will ignite a cosmic war that will destroy the planet, so Kid convinces Jo to help him form a superhero team to protect the town.
22"La Niña Gigantica"Rob RenzettiTeleplay by : Craig McCracken, Amy Higgins & Rob Renzetti
Story by : Amy Higgins, Craig McCracken, Justin Nichols, Rob Renzetti, Kevin Seccia & Paul Watling
Vaughn TadaFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)
Kid's blue Stone is stolen by 4-year-old Rosa, granting her the power to grow to 40 feet tall. Jo and Kid unsuccessfully try to remove the ring from Rosa's finger, with Kid vehemently opposed to Rosa joining his superhero team. Giant Rosa accidentally frees Chuck from the trailer and he uses the power of the yellow Ring to create copies of himself and take back the green and purple Stones. Chuck attempts to leave Earth, but Rosa destroys his spaceship and takes the rings back. Kid recognizes Rosa's abilities and accepts her as a member of the team. He gives the yellow ring to his grandfather, Papa G, and hides the red Stone on the collar of Tuna Sandwich, granting the cat precognitive abilities.
33"Precognitive Cat"Rob RenzettiWritten by : Ben Joseph & Craig McCracken
Story by : Ben Joseph, Craig McCracken, Justin Nichols, Rob Renzetti, Kevin Seccia & Paul Watling
Justin NicholsFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)
After a few less-than-successful attempts at superhero training, Chuck convinces Kid to go look for the Sacred Scroll of the Stones, which he claims will teach them how to control their powers. Kid takes Chuck, Rosa, and Papa G to find the spaceship's wreckage to find it, while Jo reluctantly tags along. Tuna Sandwich has a vision that appears to show Kid on the ship as it explodes, and follows after them. After finding the spaceship, Chuck admits to lying about the Scroll and attempts to contact his Great Leader through the ship's console, but is attacked by Tuna. In the ensuing chaos, the ship's self-destruct sequence is activated. Everyone manages to escape the explosion through one of Jo's portals, though Chuck loses the lower half of his body in the process. Kid christens his team with the name "Kid Cosmic and the Local Heroes" as one of Tuna's future premonitions shows a giant alien battle raging across the desert.
44"The Local Heroes"Rob Renzetti & Paul WatlingWritten by : Craig McCracken & Kevin Seccia
Story by : Craig McCracken, Tim McKeon, Justin Nichols, Rob Renzetti, Kevin Seccia & Paul Watling
Paul WatlingFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)
Waves of invading aliens start arriving on Earth to claim the Stones. The Local Heroes manage to hold onto the rings mainly through a combination of luck and Rosa's brute force, documenting their victories on tape. Kid starts a tradition of awarding the "Medal of Heroism" to the team member who saved the day, but starts to doubt himself when he becomes the only hero yet to receive one. Desperate to prove himself, Kid takes on and defeats an invading robot army alone, not knowing that it was actually Papa G trying to boost his confidence. After the team gives Kid his medal, Chuck steals the tape containing proof of Papa G's ruse.
55"Big Win"Rob RenzettiWritten by : Craig McCracken & Tim McKeon
Story by : Craig McCracken, Tim McKeon, Justin Nichols, Rob Renzetti, Kevin Seccia & Paul Watling
Justin Nichols, Vaughn Tada & Paul WatlingFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)
"Demon Death Dogs" attack Mo's Diner, forcing The Local Heroes to reveal their powers to everyone inside, including Rosa's parents and Jo's mom Flo. Still on a high after defeating Papa G's "robot army", Kid tries and continually fails to subdue the invaders. Papa G discovers that the dogs can be defeated by disabling their collars and the team quickly defeats them with Flo's help. The diner patrons learn to appreciate the team's powers and toast The Local Heroes, but Kid leaves the celebration early after being referred to as the team's comic relief. Distraught, he returns to his trailer, where Chuck plays Kid the tape revealing the truth of his "victory" over the robots.
66"Epic Fail"Rob RenzettiWritten by : Todd Casey & Craig McCracken
Story by : Craig McCracken, Todd Casey, Justin Nichols, Rob Renzetti & Kevin Seccia
Bianca Siercke & Paul WatlingFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)
Using the footage of the faked robot invasion and a news clipping of his parents' fatal car accident, Chuck goads Kid into helping him contact his Great Leader. Aiming to defeat the Great Leader himself, Kid steals the Stones from the other Local Heroes and destroys three waves of arriving aliens. He tries to attack the Great Leader's ship with all 5 Stones at once, but the power overwhelms him and he collapses. The Great Leader collects the rings, but quickly hands them over to an approaching pack of Demon Dogs and retreats, leaving Earth and Chuck behind. The dogs hand the Stones to a mysterious biker, a regular at Mo's Diner. The Biker in Black reveals himself to be an undercover government agent as soldiers and helicopters swarm into the town.
77"Invaders from Earth"Rob RenzettiWritten by : Rob Renzetti
Story by : Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti & Kevin Seccia
Vaughn TadaFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)
A few days after the attack, the military has moved into town under the orders of the Biker in Black. Jo, Rosa, and Papa G are kept under strict surveillance, while Kid has gone missing. After briefing being captured by the Biker, Tuna Sandwich helps Chuck subdue a vengeful alien delivery driver, the owner of the wrecked spacecraft that brought the Stones to Earth. Chuck agrees to help find Kid and gives Tuna his chest translator. The two of them rescue Rosa from house arrest, sneak Jo out of the diner, and meet at Papa G's house. The Biker in Black tells Papa G that the team were guinea pigs to test the Stones' power, and uses the Stones to create superpowered mech suits. Tuna Sandwich warns the team of a massive alien invasion on its way to Earth, and the Local Heroes conspire to take back the Stones.
88"Earth Force Enforcement Force"Rob Renzetti & Paul WatlingWritten by : Kevin Seccia & Craig McCracken
Story by : Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti, Kevin Seccia & Paul Watling
Paul WatlingFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)
Using the Stone-powered mech suits, the Biker in Black assembles a team of wisecracking heroes dubbed the Earth Force Enforcement Force to fight the alien invasion. The battle descends into chaos as opposing alien forces fight both the Earth Force and each other for the Stones. Watching dejected from a mountaintop, Kid notices that the arriving aliens have the same powers as the Stones. He realizes the aliens are trying to reclaim the Stones stolen from their home planet, not steal them, and rides his bike directly into the battlefield to tell the Earth Force to stop fighting.
99"The Bad Good Guys"Benjamin Balisteri, Rob Renzetti & Dave ThomasWritten by : Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Story by : Alex Hirsch, Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti, Kevin Seccia & Paul Watling
Benjamin BalisteriFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)
Kid launches himself straight into danger, trying to get the attention of the Earth Force to tell them the aliens aren't evil. He fails to get through and is picked up by the rest of the Local Heroes. The team makes up and agrees to help return the Stones to their rightful owners. The Local Heroes and Chuck repurpose an ice cream truck as the "Kid Cosmobile" and Papa G supplies them with superhero costumes. Driving directly into the battle, the gang repeatedly interrupts the fighting to convince the Earth Force to stand down. Papa G reprograms a Demon Dog to help the Local Heroes to sneak into the Biker in Black's bunker. Kid tells the Biker his plan to help the aliens but learns that the Biker intends to capture them and use the Stones to make Earth the galaxy's number one superpower.
1010"The Day is Saved"Benjamin Balisteri, Rob Renzetti & Dave ThomasWritten by : Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Story by : Alex Hirsch, Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti, Kevin Seccia & Paul Watling
Benjamin Balisteri, Justin Nichols, Vaughn Tada & Dave ThomasFebruary 2, 2021 (2021-02-02)

The aliens are captured by Earth Force as The Local Heroes are escorted away by armed soldiers. Chuck subdues his captor and uses their weapon to reclaim the green Stone. Kid reassembles his ring, the Earth Force unable to capture him with his unpredictable flying. The rest of the Local Heroes escape in the Kid Cosmobile and rescue the aliens. The Biker tries to run down the heroes with his truck, triggering Kid's memory of his parents' accident. In his moment of distress, Kid levitates everyone off the ground, revealing the green Stone's true power of telekinesis. He uses the power to take the rest of the Stones back from the Earth Force and offer them back to the aliens, learning the Stones are the remaining remnants of their worlds, destroyed by the Planet Killer, Erodius.

6 months later, life for the team has mostly returned to normal when a battered Queen Xhan comes back to town with the 5 Stones, announcing that Erodius has returned, and they need to collect all 13 Stones to defeat Erodius. She creates a portal that envelopes the diner and transports everyone inside into outer space.

Season 2: The Intergalactic Truckstop! (2021)

Justin Nichols and Dave Thomas directs every episode, aside from "Kid Cosmic and the Pyramid Puzzle of Pain", which was solely directed by Thomas.

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TitleWritten byStoryboard byOriginal release date
111"The Other Stones of Power"Lauren Faust, Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti & Kevin SecciaJustin Nichols, Vaughn Tada & Paul WatlingSeptember 7, 2021 (2021-09-07)
Some time has passed since the events of the first season and Mo's Oasis is having big success serving intergalactic patrons. However, Kid is impatient to begin searching for the remaining stones and crosses paths with Fantos the Amassor, an evil fanboy of Erodius the Planet Killer, who is wanting to find the 13 stones himself to help Erodius destroy the galaxy. He makes Kid call the rest of the team to save him, and Kid, thirsty for adventures, relents. Then Fantos reveals that he has already some of the stones which allows him to remove the stones from the team and invite them to move apart. However, Rosa decides to attack him and make the rest of the team to recover all the stones except for Kid's telekinetic stone, while Kid obtains a stone that allows him to transform himself into a goo-like state, and another stone that allows the user to have multiple arms. While Kid is determined to retrieve his stone, Jo is dubious about her leading role and began to look for counsel in Queen Xhan.
122"The Pyramid Puzzle of Pain"Lauren Faust, Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti & Susanna WolffDave ThomasSeptember 7, 2021 (2021-09-07)
The Local Heroes confront the challenge of the Pyramid Puzzle of Pain, where Jo is determined to put her leadership skills she learned from Queen Xhan to the test. However, her inability to hear Flo's counsel make her use the powers of the other stones to cheat on the puzzles, provoking Jo and the team to fail in a mortal trap when Jo removes the Speed Stone. However, when Jo realizes the magnitude of the error, she decides to use the Speed Stone to deduce the solutions to the puzzles and obtain the remaining prize stones that help her release her friends. However, she does not accept that her mother's counsel influenced her to save the day.
133"The Heist of Ice and Fire"Written by : Lauren Faust, Han-Yee Ling, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Story by : Colleen Evanson, Lauren Faust, Han-Yee Ling, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Justin Nichols & Brandon WarrenSeptember 7, 2021 (2021-09-07)
The Local Heroes infiltrate a birthday party for Boss Fiosa, a deadly syndicate leader who has the Ice and Fire stones that she got from killing her husband. The heist becomes successful and Jo wants to celebrate but Flo and the rest of the team thinks they need to go home. However Queen Xhan reminds Jo who is the leader and she puts the team back into the party, without noticing that Fantos has also arrived at the party to steal the stones. When Kid notices Fantos presence, he decides to try to steal back his telekinetic stone without hearing Jo's orders making him and the team lose their cover. However, also Erodius appears and begins to destroy the planet that is giving gravity to the satellite where the party is thrown making Jo panic. Flo takes the lead and makes the Local Heroes help the invites to evacuate. Fantos, excited by Erodius presence, is distracted enough by Jo's panic to get the stones stolen back by Queen Xhan. In the end, Flo feels frustrated about not helping her daughter to improve her leadership abilities, and while Jo and Kid accept their mutual errors, she is still unsure about her bravery. Later, Jo watches an intergalactic wrestling show that would inspire her.
144"Galactic Champion"Written by : Colleen Evanson, Lauren Faust, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Story by : Colleen Evanson, Lauren Faust, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Erin Kavanagh, Chris Palmer & Vaughn TadaSeptember 7, 2021 (2021-09-07)
Jo joins The Fight Hole, an intergalactic wrestling show, to the horror of Flo that sends the Local Heroes (along with newly added members Carla, Carlos, and Ramona) to stop Jo from fighting. However, most of the challengers are defeated by either Jo or Rosa, and Rosa herself is defeated by Jo. In the end, Jo challenges Krosh, the universal champion, and realizes she has the Pain Absorption Stone of Power that allows her to endure the pain. Jo removes the gem from her and is able to push her out of the arena winning the tournament. However, Jo decides to keep Krosh as the champion while acknowledging that she only wanted to beat her fears and recognizing Queen Xhan as her best influence, making Flo feel disappointed and realizing that Jo is completely distanced from her.
155"Feeble Fighters"Written by : Todd Casey, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Story by : Todd Casey, Colleen Evanson, Lauren Faust, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Erin Kavanagh & Vaughn TadaSeptember 7, 2021 (2021-09-07)
With the help of Krosh, Jo tries to put the Local Heroes in shape to fight Erodius, but the team is not willing to provide a fight against either Krosh or Rosa. At the same time a group of survivors from an attack of Erodius migrates to Mo's Oasis with a size so tiny that the complete civilization could survive in one of the motel rooms. However, a surprise attack by Fantos puts him at an advantage by removing the rings from the Local Heroes except for Krosh, Rosa, and Jo. Jo quickly thinks and puts the Local Heroes to protect the immigrants while Krosh and Jo fight Fantos together and while Fantos takes the upper hand to the point to throw Jo away from Mo's Oasis, Krush is capable to return Jo to action and both defeat Fantos to the point that he ran away humiliated. The gang celebrates the couple's triumph, then Jo announces that the Local Heroes are disbanded and Krosh is the only team she needs to beat Erodius.
166"Soul Kroshing Loss"Written by : Craig McCracken & Colleen Evanson
Story by : Colleen Evanson, Lauren Faust, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
John Jackson, Diana Kidlaied & Brandon WarrenSeptember 7, 2021 (2021-09-07)
Jo decides to make a team with Krosh as she finds the warrior fitting to use all the power stones and discards the Local Heroes. Kid asks Jo for a reason but his insistence makes Jo insult him. While Erodius almost beat Jo, Krosh, and her two duplicates, Jo plans a strategy that allows the four to begin beating Erodius, but Krush reveals her real intentions, to use the stones to reclaim her throne in The Battle Hol. However, Fantos vaporizes she and her duplicates are reclaims all the power stones and traps. Jo then calls Kid for help.
177"Fallen Hero"Written by : Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Story by : Colleen Evanson, Lauren Faust, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Justin Nichols, Vaughn Tada, Dave Thomas & Brandon WarrenSeptember 7, 2021 (2021-09-07)
Fantos finally get all 13 stones of power by removing Jo's Teleportation stone and uses them to move Erodius directly against Mo's Oasis and send Jo away from the battle. Jo fell in a desert planet where she realizes the errors that she made following Xhan's mentorship and is finally helped by Carlax. When he realizes Flo is in danger, he calls all her intergalactic clients together to make a last stand against Erodius. While the coordinated attack is hitting hard on the planet, a frustrated Fantos decides to sucker punch Flo and Xhan.
188"The World is Saved"Written by : Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Story by : Colleen Evanson, Lauren Faust, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Justin Nichols, Vaughn Tada & Dave ThomasSeptember 7, 2021 (2021-09-07)
Queen Xhan and Flo survived the surprise attack from Fantos who decides to charge against Mo's Oasis, but while Jo tries her best to stop Fantos, she is easily defeated. Xhan uses her teleportation powers to remove the stones from Fantos and gives them to the Local Heroes joining Jo in the ship. Fantos tries to remove the stones from them but is expelled from the ship to Erodius' surface. With the powers at hand the Local Heroes began to destroy Erodius and discover a lot of Power Stones buried in the surface. Kid discovers a telekinesis stone but loses it against Fantos who manages to remove all the stones from the Local Heroes and send them to a fantasy world while sending the others involved to other places in space. Erodius destroys Mo's Oasis, while Queen Xhan ran away with the small civilization. Finally, Erodius is moved to the fantasy Earth where the Local Heroes see the planet approaching in frustration. However, Kid brings a big Goo Stone with him, and, along with some Growth Stones, he comes up with a plan. The Local Heroes, using a Teleportation Stone, enters Erodius and using the properties of both Goo and Growth stones move to the center of the planet and destroy it just before it destroys Earth. After that, 3 agents from the PPG, a group defined to defend Earth, approaches the Local Heroes to thank them for their actions but also to enroll them to find the stones that are now all over the planet, reforming the group now as The Global Heroes.

Season 3: The Global Heroes! (2022)

Like most of the previous season, Justin Nichols and Dave Thomas directed every episode.

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TitleWritten byStoryboard byOriginal release date
191"Best Day Ever"Written by : Craig McCracken & Ryan Faust
Story by : Ryan Faust, Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti & Francisco Angones
Erin Kavanaugh, Vaughn Tada & John JacksonFebruary 3, 2022 (2022-02-03)
Sometime after the events of the second season, Kid and the rest of the gang have joined an organization that provides the team with a new vehicle, uniforms. and a new mission: to stop all evil enemies that would be misusing the Cosmic Stones. They confront first a dog that swallowed an invisibility stone and causes mayhem in a carnival. After catching the dog and helping him release the stone, they are confronted by another enemy that uses the Growth stone to become gigantic, but the combined efforts of the Global Heroes and the use of the pain-absorbing Stone made the enemy fail. The people claim the Global Heroes are heroes, but Papa G becomes suspicious of the way the missions were solved so easily. Meanwhile, The Biker in Black builds a giant robot, searching for vengeance against Kid for his defeat.
202"The Secret of the Fourteenth Stone"Written by : Francisco Angones & Craig McCracken
Story by : Francisco Angones, Colleen Evanson, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Brandon Warren, Diana Kidlaied & Natalie WetzigFebruary 3, 2022 (2022-02-03)
While trying to remember how the Global Heroes were capable to beat a big slime monster, Jo realizes that something is not right in the way the missions are happening. The team learns that there is a fourteenth Cosmic Stone and they try to search for it, first by defeating a telekinetic Egyptian supervillain, then a hideous potato kid in Idaho that uses three stones and finally going to an underwater kingdom where its king reveals that he only wants to marry Jo. But, when the Global Heroes try to catch up with the situation, they are called back to use a big mecha robot to confront The Biker in Black's machine. Jo, still suspicious, moves out of the machine during the fight and she finds evidence that the world reality has been altered and that the missions are fixed by none other than Kid Cosmic unknowingly, who is inadvertently materializing his adventures based on the comics he read that he would win easily but Papa G became aware of it since day one and had known because the comics that Kid reads were originally his and was able to deduce it since the comics and missions they previously undertook were extremely similar. Jo runs to warn Kid, but Papa G fights her as his desire in this fantasy world was to make Kid happy. When Jo defeats him, Papa G falls into the vacuum, revealing he is not a clone and urging Jo to save him. Soon, Jo asks Papa G to tell the truth to Kid or risk hurting Kid's heart for keeping this from him. She then leaves to find a way to escape the fantasy realm. Meanwhile, Kid and the gang defeat the Biker in Black and a rock band celebrates their triumph unaware none of it was real while Papa G looks on wondering if he should keep up the charade or tell Kid the truth.
213"Global Conspiracy"Written by : Rob Renzetti & Craig McCracken
Story by : Francisco Angones, Colleen Evanson, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Gustavo Cosío Herrera, Vaughn Tada & Remi GodinFebruary 3, 2022 (2022-02-03)
After the celebration concert, Kid begins to suspect that the PPG is retrieving the Cosmic Stones to use for evil and reveals his suspicions to Papa G, who is still undecided to reveal the truth to his grandson. Meanwhile, Jo puts the rest of the gang together to reveal that they are living in a fantasy earth as long as Fantos sent them away from Erodius using the teleportation portal stone, and as long as the fantasy lives in Kid's head they need to find out a way out by reading his comics but they were not successful. Kid and Papa G pass through a group of fake booby traps, the AI of the building, and even the three PPG Agents to reveal the biggest secret of the place: Kid's parents are working secretly for the PPG. Before the situation can escalate, Papa G reveals to Kid that everything that happens in this world are just Kid's fantasies. Kid realizes that Papa G tells the truth and desires to move out of the fantasy world. Kid's fake parents and the fantasy world vanish but the gang is left in the vacuum of space.
224"The Little Spark"Written by : Rob Renzetti, Colleen Evanson & Craig McCracken
Story by : Francisco Angones, Colleen Evanson, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
John Jackson & Erin KavanaughFebruary 3, 2022 (2022-02-03)
Queen Xhan manages to find and save the gang, that had become completely demoralized when they learn that Fantos defeated them and that they no longer have the Stones. All decide to resign to leave a peaceful life on the refugee planet except for Jo, Kid, and Rosa, as well as three young cadets from the tiny civilization that decides to follow Rosa. Rosa comes along with the rest of the gang, even crossing with Flo and Papa G, who reveals to Flo that it requires a little spark to change anything, telling the story of how he found a small crystal when he was a kid and how it became his lucky amulet. Rosa finally finds Jo and Kid who discusses the way to cheat Fantos and steal the Stones, but when Jo finds flaws in the plan, Kid becomes upset and decides to leave the quest. Rosa does not agree, wanting to move forward, then she gets into a conversation using Kid's headphones with the tiny cadets and they come up with a plan. The next day, Rosa comes back from Erodius using the escape pod and two small ships, having stolen some of the Cosmic Stones from Fantos, giving a big spark of hope for the universe.
235"Planet Killer"Written by : Craig McCracken, Francisco Angones & Rob Renzetti
Story by : Francisco Angones, Colleen Evanson, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
Gustavo Cosío Herrera, Brandon Warren & Diana KidlaiedFebruary 3, 2022 (2022-02-03)
Fantos, tired to see Erodius destroying small planets and asteroids, decides to use the Green Stone to lead Erodius against Earth. The Global Heroes infiltrate Erodius and confront Fantos that easily dispatches the Global Heroes as long as Fantos has more stones stored in his apron. During the battle, Papa G is seemingly crushed by some stones, and while Kid loses his green stone to help him, he also remembers his first days with Papa G when he helps him to build a bike using stuff from the junkyard to comfort him over the loss of his parents. However, Papa G surges completely unharmed and reveal that, somehow, his luck crystal, saved his life. Fantos traps all the Global Heroes inside a big suit made with Erodius stone and uses the energy of the planet to start attacking Earth, but suddenly, Erodius turns into a slime and traps Fantos to the point to suffocate him. The gang try their best to save themselves, but Kid decides to sacrifice himself to save the Power Stones. When all seems lost, Kid surges from the slime with all the stones and tries to use the Green Stone to save Earth. Suddenly, Erodius uses the Red Stone to connect mentally with everyone and reveals that it was a planet used for healing that, after being destroyed by an asteroid, moved to destroy other planets so it can find the remains of its core, that would cure it. Papa G realizes that he has the fourteenth stone, which has kept him alive for 112 years, and uses it to cure Erodius. However, this causes the Power Stones to lose power. Jo uses the remains of her power to get the gang back to Earth, but without his stone, Papa G becomes very weak and seemingly collapses.
246"The Grand Opening of Planet Earth"Written by : Rob Renzetti & Craig McCracken
Story by : Francisco Angones, Colleen Evanson, Craig McCracken & Rob Renzetti
John Jackson, Dave Thomas, Justin Nichols & Vaughn TadaFebruary 3, 2022 (2022-02-03)
Kid and the gang attend a funeral service to mourn the victims of Erodius, and discard their now powerless stones into the chasm where Mo's Oasis once was. A man in black and soldiers appear to thank them for saving Earth from Erodius and pay them big, but tell them to keep their adventures a secret. Six months later, the new Mo's Oasis is about to re-open. Kid plans to share the truth of all their adventures through comic books, but all the editorials reject his ideas. Frustrated, he takes a bike ride and sees an agent of the PPG, and so thinks this means they are still in the fantasy world, but while the PPG is in fact real, it is not the same as the fantasy version. Frustrated again, Kid ventilates he is not happy with not sharing the truth to the rest of the world: not that he and the gang are heroes, but that while the combined community of the rest of the universe is so much like the communities of Earth, the planet is cut off from all of it, acknowledging that the diner is in the middle of nowhere. Later, he discovers that Flo has transformed the jukebox into a communicator that broadcasts into outer space, enabling aliens to visit.


Upon completion of his Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends series in 2009, Craig McCracken planned a career in publishing his own comics or graphic novels, a more "intimate [and] direct approach to cartooning" in contrast to working with a large crew for a television network.[8] During that time he made a comic strip entitled The Kid from Planet Earth,[9] about a young boy who fantasized about becoming a superhero.[1] He was inspired by the idea of how different reality would be if the character actually got the chance to fulfill such an aspiration.[1] McCracken wanted to "tap into this naïve confidence that all kids have" of being a superhero, while also basing the concept on his early years of wanting to become a professional artist.[1][10] He later realized that, in order to have the characters "learn, grow and change," he would have to tell the story with a serialized format.[11] Knowing that "[no network] would want it at the time",[12] he put the idea aside until 2015, when the industry of animation became more accepting of serialization within kids' animated series.[1][11]

After the cancellation of Wander Over Yonder, McCracken, alongside his wife Lauren Faust, his friend Francisco Angones, as well as several former Wander Over Yonder staff members including Andy Bean, Chris Tsirgotis, Justin Nichols and Dave Thomas, further expanded the idea and ultimately produced an animatic for a 22-minute episode.[11][13] The series was then pitched to Disney, who ultimately passed on it in favor of The Owl House.[14][15] Upon learning that Netflix were setting up an animation studio and was looking for new shows, he went to their studios on a Thursday and presented the animatic as a pilot.[1][11] The executives supported the idea of a 22-minute family show, and greenlit the series the following Wednesday.[11] "It was really quick and quite an incredible experience!", McCracken recalled in 2021.[1] The show was eventually retitled to Kid Cosmic to avoid confusion with The Last Kids on Earth, another Netflix cartoon.[16]

McCracken and his old friend Rob Renzetti served as executive producers for the show.[1] With the use of the Toon Boom Harmony software, Mercury Filmworks animated the show in Ottawa, Canada, with a staff of 110 employees.[1] The company had done animation services previously for the first season of Wander Over Yonder, McCracken's previous creation.[17] Netflix's animation division is leading production with a team of approximately 45 people.[1][18] Having produced solely for television in the past, McCracken felt that he now had more creative freedom to pitch projects that had a darker tone or that could work as a movie, something that television channels "might shy away from".[18] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series team had to continue working at home since March 2020, slowing down the production process.[2] According to McCracken, completing a season takes a year and a half of hard work, from writing start to finish.[1]

Design and themes

The New Mexico desert is presumed to be the series main setting.

The main setting of the show, an arid landscape with a "generic rural southwest desert vibe", is presumed to be New Mexico. However, McCracken said in an interview for Den of Geek: "It could be New Mexico, it could be California [or] it could be Arizona. Basically it's a remote enough place where a spaceship could crash and not a lot of people would know about it."[19]

Stylistically, the show is meant to resemble the visual look of classic comics such as Hank Ketcham's Dennis the Menace and Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin,[1][3] where every action is grounded in reality: "A lot of the choices that we made in Kid were based on the fact that these are real people in the real world [...] So with the animation we avoided overly smooth and flowy actions or lots of squash and stretch, things that you associate with cartoons," the creator said.[19] Stuck Chuck's design is a nod to the aliens from the 1996 film Mars Attacks! and other science-fiction movies.[20] Spaceships, cars, and major locations like Mo's Oasis Café are often represented by 3D models.[21]

McCracken affirmed that some of the ideas explored within the show are also based on things that he personally experienced, such as the loss of his father at the age of 7, similar to the protagonist, who lost both of his parents.[11] The dynamics between Kid and Jo are loosely based on McCracken's relationship with his older sister and are similar to those of Mac and Frankie in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.[20] Rosa's "playful spirit" is also a reflection of the creator's young daughter.[1][6]

Kid Cosmic also plays on the theme that "heroes help, not hurt", which means the characters often show a compassionate attitude toward their adversaries.[11] This strays in tone from McCracken's first popular work, The Powerpuff Girls, which he described as a "campy parody of superheroes".[11] He declared: "I really didn't want to tell a story to kids that said, 'Hey, if you get great powers, then you can go and beat up bad guys and be violent and win.' I didn't want that to be the message. So I asked myself what a real hero is".[11]


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The series features music by composer and multi-instrumentalist Andy Bean, who had previously worked on soundtracks for animated productions. In February 2021, Netflix released a soundtrack album titled Kid Cosmic and the Sonic Courage. Under the name of the show's fictional "70's psychedelic garage punk band" Dr. Fang and the Gang, the soundtrack features music and songs of the first season written, composed and performed by multi-instrumentalist Andy Bean. He had previously written and composed the soundtrack for McCracken's third series Wander Over Yonder.[22]


Kid Cosmic was announced on November 6, 2018, along with other Netflix animated projects.[23] A trailer was released on January 5, and the show debuted on February 2, 2021.[3] Five companion shorts were released on the Netflix Features YouTube channel on February 3, 2021.[24] The trailer for season 2 was released on August 10 of that year, with the episodes debuting later on September 7.[4] The trailer for season 3 was released on the Netflix website at January 6, 2022 and on the official Netflix Futures YouTube channel on January 13 of that year, with the last 6 episodes debuting later on February 3 of that year.


Kid Cosmic was met with positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 100% approval rating based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 7.9/10.[25]

Adrián Carande from the Spanish magazine Cinemanía called it "a little miracle [that is] flawlessly animated" and brings McCracken back to his roots, while being "sincere" "fast-paced", and "effective".[26] IGN's Nicole Clark said that the first season wrapped up with the side characters lacking development, instead focusing on Kid's emotional process as a superhero. She also described him as "an extremely challenging character to sit with", and synthesized this season as a "merely entertaining show."[27] Karen Han from Slate magazine said that the season "is all about opening the gates and letting people in", with the main team "finally finding its groove" and a cliffhanger ending.[28] Vulture editor John Maher included the show as one of the stand-out animations from early 2021, praising the "patient character development, subtle world-building flourishes, and a willingness to explore just how hard it is to grow up."[29] Likewise, Los Angeles Times named Kid Cosmic one of the 13 best TV shows of that year.[30] Amanda Dyer of Common Sense Media described the series as a "fun superhero comedy teaches patience" but warned of the "mild violence." She also stated that character in the series learn "valuable lessons about teamwork and what makes a true superhero" and said the series is a "great option for family viewing" especially for those who grew up watching The Powerpuff Girls.[31]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2022 Annie Awards Best Character Design - TV/Media Craig McCracken
(for "Kid Cosmic and the Rings of Power!")
Nominated [32]
Best Storyboarding - TV/Media Justin Nichols
(for "Kid Cosmic and the Big Win")
Children's & Family Emmy Awards Individual Achievement in Animation Chris Tsirgiotis
(background designer)
Won [33]
Craig McCracken
(character designer)
2023 Kidscreen Awards Best Animated Series Kid Cosmic Nominated [34][35]


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