Summer Camp Island
Genre
Created byJulia Pott
Voices of
Theme music composer
Opening theme"Summer Camp Island" performed by Oona Laurence,[2] Seo Kim (sometimes),[3] Lesley Nicol (season 3, 1–4), and Sam Lavagnino (season 3, 5–6)
Composers
  • John Enroth
  • Albert Fox
  • Mark Mothersbaugh
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes120 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerRossitza Likomanova
Running time11–12 minutes
Production companyCartoon Network Studios
Original release
Network
ReleaseJuly 7, 2018 (2018-07-07) –
August 11, 2023 (2023-08-11)

Summer Camp Island is an American animated television series created by Julia Pott for Cartoon Network. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, it premiered on July 7, 2018. The series depicts the episodic adventures of Oscar and Hedgehog, both of whom are attending the eponymous summer camp. The show premiered with a 48-hour marathon consisting of the first 20 episodes running over an entire weekend, on both Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Another 20 episodes premiered on June 23, 2019, as the second half of the first season.

Four additional seasons premiered exclusively on HBO Max, at approximate six-month intervals from June 2020 to December 2021. The series' sixth and final season was originally to be released in 2022 on HBO Max. Despite the series being removed from HBO Max in the United States in August 2022, Cartoon Network had informed The A.V. Club that the season would air on Cartoon Network.[5] Creator Julia Pott has stated that she was not informed regarding the reason for its removal.[6]

The series concluded on August 11, 2023. Although produced in a quarter-hour format, the series mostly airs on Cartoon Network as two 11-minute segments of a half-hour show.

Synopsis

Set in a world of anthropomorphic animals, Summer Camp Island follows two childhood best friends Oscar Peltzer, an elephant, and Hedgehog, a hedgehog, who are dropped off at a magical summer camp. The camp is a host to many bizarre occurrences, such as camp counselors who are popular girl witches, horses that transform into unicorns, talking sharks, yetis, haunted cabins, post-it notes that lead to other dimensions, and nosey monsters that live under the bed. Oscar and Hedgehog must contend with these out-of-place events and make their stay at camp worthwhile.[7][8]

Episodes

Main article: List of Summer Camp Island episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
14020July 7, 2018Cartoon Network
20June 23, 2019July 21, 2019
220June 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)HBO Max
312December 10, 2020 (2020-12-10)December 24, 2020 (2020-12-24)
413June 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
515December 9, 2021 (2021-12-09)
620July 31, 2023 (2023-07-31)August 11, 2023 (2023-08-11)Cartoon Network

Characters

Main

Supporting

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Production

The series is the second Cartoon Network original series to be solely created by a woman, the first being Steven Universe, which was created by Rebecca Sugar.[10]

The series was first announced in January 2017 and later had been shopped around at different festivals, including Sundance.[11]

Broadcast

The series premiered on Cartoon Network on July 7, 2018. The show's premiere marathon also happened on Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang on July 7, 2018.[12] The marathon ended on July 9, 2018, at 6:00 AM. The show's premiere marathon also occurred on Teletoon on August 13, 2018. On Cartoon Network Australia and New Zealand, a sneak peek of the series was broadcast on December 15, 2018.[13][14] It premiered on Cartoon Network Southeast Asia/Philippines on January 25, 2019. The show premiered on Cartoon Network UK on March 4, 2019.[15] The show also premiered on Cartoon Network India around July 19, 2019.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Julia Pott announced that the second half of the first season would premiere in late 2018 on Cartoon Network with another 20 episodes. Those episodes ended up being pushed to 2019, and on May 20, 2019, it was announced that the episodes would premiere on June 23, 2019.[16]

At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Pott announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, which premiered exclusively on HBO Max on June 18, 2020. The third season premiered on December 10, 2020.[17] The fourth season premiered on June 17, 2021.[18] The fifth season was released on December 9, 2021.[19][20] On December 2, Pott indicated via Twitter that the series would continue past the fifth season.[21] The sixth and final season was set to be released on June 9, 2022[22][23] but was delayed to 2023.[24] However, the final season aired early on Cartoon Network Italy on August 6, 2022.[25] Similarly, this season is also airing on Cartoon Network Portugal.[26]

Home media

Summer Camp Island home video releases
Seasons Year Episodes Release dates
Australia
1–3 2021 72 Seasons 1–3 DVD: October 6, 2021[27]
Episodes: "The First Day" – "Yeti Confetti Chapter Five: Where's the Confetti"

Reception

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Critical response

Reception to the series has been positive. Journalist Abbey White of The Hollywood Reporter and Insider argued that it follows in the footsteps of Steven Universe, and praised the storyline about two non-binary aliens who love each other, with a "sweet, beautiful song," and saying that it is in an "age-appropriate way ... [which can] reach kids [so] that they can understand."[28] Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media described the series as quirky and heartwarming, arguing that it has "cross-generational appeal", stating that there are many "quirky characters and silly adventures", many of which are relatable in their daily experiences. She also said the series has a "a welcome freshness that...yields a worthy contender for families' attention."[29]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2016 AFI Fest Animated Short Special Jury Mention Julia Pott (for "Pilot") Won
Animated Short Film Julia Pott (for "Pilot") Nominated
2017 Florida Film Festival Best Short Film Julia Pott (for "Pilot") Won
Provincetown International Film Festival Best Animated Short Julia Pott (for "Pilot") Won
San Francisco International Film Festival Best Family Film Julia Pott (for "Pilot") Won
Best Animated Short Julia Pott (for "Pilot") Nominated
Sundance Film Festival N/A Julia Pott (for "Pilot") Nominated
SXSW Film Festival Animated Short Julia Pott (for "Pilot") Nominated
2018 Common Sense Media Common Sense Seal Summer Camp Island Won[30]
2021 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Children's Programming Summer Camp Island Nominated[31]
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Voice Directing for an Animated Series Kristi Reed Nominated
2022 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Children's Programming Summer Camp Island Nominated[32]
Children's and Family Emmy Awards Outstanding Voice Directing for an Animated Series Kristi Reed Nominated

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