Long Live the Royals
Long Live the Royals, poster.jpg
Poster depicting the family; from left to right: Rosalind, Rufus, Eleanor, Peter, and Alex (bottom)
GenreAnimated sitcom
Created bySean Szeles
Story byShion Takeuchi
Sean Szeles
Directed by
Voices of
Narrated byPeter Serafinowicz (Intro)
Theme music composerScot Stafford
Sean Szeles
Opening theme"Long Live the Royals Theme"
ComposerScot Stafford
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (+ Pilot) (list of episodes)
Executive producerSean Szeles
ProducerRyan Slater
Running time
  • Pilot: 9 minutes approx.
  • Miniseries: 11 minutes
Production companyCartoon Network Studios
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Original networkCartoon Network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseNovember 30 (2015-11-30) –
December 3, 2015 (2015-12-03)

Long Live the Royals is an American animated sitcom miniseries created by Regular Show's writer and storyboard artist Sean Szeles. The miniseries, which aired from November 30 to December 3, 2015, on Cartoon Network, consists of four episodes, each following a member of a fictional British Royal Family as they celebrate the annual Yule Hare Festival. It remains the shortest-running Cartoon Network original series to date, with only four episodes in a single season.


Set in a contemporary world in a medieval kingdom, Long Live the Royals follows a fictional British Royal Family[1]—King Rufus and Queen Eleanor and their children Peter, Rosalind, and Alex—as they honor the annual Yule Hare Festival. The family must battle having to rule their kingdom while maintaining a normal family at the same time. Meanwhile, the festival continues with the parties and feasts that comprise it.[2]


Long Live the Royals was created by Sean Szeles.[2] The miniseries, announced in February 2015,[3] is a production from Cartoon Network Studios.[2] It is the third miniseries to air on Cartoon Network, following Over the Garden Wall a year earlier, in November 2014, and Stakes earlier in the month, in November 2015.[4] The miniseries was adapted from a pilot released online in May 2014. Developed by Szeles in collaboration with the studios' developmental program for animated series,[5] the pilot won him an Emmy Award at the sixty-sixth annual Primetime Creative Arts ceremony. Preceding the nomination, Szeles had worked as a supervising producer on Regular Show, another Cartoon Network production.[2]

Four episodes of the show were produced, each lasting eleven minutes;[2] they are set at night and follow a different character individually. Michael Ouweleen, the chief marketing officer for Cartoon Network, explained that the miniseries format allows for different artistic qualities to flourish in their shorts program and for existing pilots put on hold to come to fruition.[4] A number of comedians were hired as the voices of primary and secondary characters. Jon Daly, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Gillian Jacobs and Nicki Rapp reprised their roles from the pilot as King Rufus, Queen Eleanor, Rosalind and Alex respectively, whilst Kieran Culkin took over from Jeremy Redleaf as the voice of Peter. Additional characters were voiced by Fred Armisen, Ellie Kemper, Ken Marino, Alfred Molina, Horatio Sanz, and Peter Serafinowicz.[2]


Main voices

Various voices


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot May 16, 2014 (2014-05-16)
Miniseries 4 November 30, 2015 (2015-11-30) December 3, 2015 (2015-12-03)

Pilot (2014)

No. Title Directed by Written and storyboarded by Original release date
0"Long Live the Royals"Phil Rynda (creative), Sue Mondt (art), and Robert Alvarez (timing)Sean SzelesMay 2, 2016 (2016-05-02) (TV)
Peter enters his father King Rufus' Tournament of Games to capture the attention of a woman named Katherine.

Miniseries (2015)

No. Title Written and storyboarded by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1"Yule Scare"Cole Sanchez and Sean SzelesNovember 30, 2015 (2015-11-30)1.04[7]
The family begins planning for the festival, but those preparations fall apart when Peter is unsuccessful in finding friends to party with.
2"Punk Show"Sean SzelesDecember 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)0.95[8]
Rosalind attempts skipping the festival in favor of her boyfriend's punk rock concert, much to the chagrin of King Rufus.
3"Snore Much"Cole Sanchez and Sean SzelesDecember 2, 2015 (2015-12-02)0.96[9]
Queen Eleanor must resolve her snoring when it brings about issues in the kingdom.
4"The Feast"Calvin WongDecember 3, 2015 (2015-12-03)0.85[10]
As the feast of the festival commences, Alex escapes to retrieve the Yule Hare of Lore.


Long Live the Royals premiered on Cartoon Network channels in Africa on December 19, 2015 and in Australia and New Zealand on January 26, 2016.[11][12] Long Live The Royals premiered on Cartoon Network UK and Ireland on September 6, 2016.[13]


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