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Netflix to Stream LeSean Thomas' Cannon Busters Animated Series

posted on by Karen Ressler
Kickstarter-funded pilot film debuted last year

Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will stream LeSean Thomas' Cannon Busters animated series. A premiere date has not yet been announced, but Netflix revealed that 12 episodes are in production from Manga Entertainment, Nada Holdings, and anime studio Satelight.

Thomas is directing and serving as executive producer for the series. He is also writing the scripts along with Natasha Allegri (Bee & Puppycat), Anne Toole (The Witcher), and Nilah Magruder (M.F.K.). Matt Wayne is serving as story editor.

Netflix describes the anime:

The series follows the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship droid who's joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M's best friend, the heir to a powerful kingdom under siege.

Thomas previously funded a short pilot film for the project using Kickstarter. Thomas Romain (Space Dandy, co-director on Oban Star-Racers) served as the mechanical designer, Joe Madureira (Uncanny X-Men) contributed to the character designs, and Bahi JD (Kids on the Slope, Space Dandy, Ping Pong) was on board as an animator. A trailer for the pilot film premiered last July shortly before the film debuted for Kickstarter backers:

Thomas (Children of Ether, The Boondocks) published the first issue of his original Cannon Busters comic in 2005 with Udon Entertainment and Devil's Due Publishing.

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