Matt Burnett and Ben Levin helped break ground in LGBTQA+ representation as writers on the Emmy-nominated cartoon series Steven Universe. Now, they’re making strides for POC representation with Craig of the Creek, a new animated show that centers on a black protagonist, who plays fun-filled games of pretend in the woods with his friends.
Black Nerd Girls got the inside scoop on Craig of the Creek with an interview with Burnett and Levin. The former explains that this show differs from Steven Universe chiefly in that it’s not a sci-fi/fantasy series. He explains, “This was like Recess in the woods. Goonies. This idea that this is the real world, but something cool could happen in it.”
You can see Craig with his family in this clip, courtesy of Cartoon Network:
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While the main demographic for Craig the Creek is obviously kids, there are also some bits aimed for more “mature” audiences. For instance, My Favorite Murder podcasters Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff can be heard in an episode called “The Curse,” which they teased on their Instagram.
Our podcast has brought so many cool opportunities into our lives. This is one of them. We got to do the voices for these two hilarious, sweet characters on the lovely new Cartoon Network show Craig of the Creek. Our episode is called The Curse and you can watch it online. Huge thanks to the #craigofthecreek team for having us on! #cartoonnetwork
Check them out playing two witchy, misunderstood teens in the clip below:
Craig of the Creek airs on Cartoon Network.