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Can Cartoon Saloon’s Amazon Pilot ‘Eddie of the Realms Eternal’ Make It To Series?

The young heroes of director Paul O’Muiris’ self-aware Eddie of the Realms Eternal wormhole between reality and fantasy. One is a slacker elf called Hobi, and the other is a regular dude named Eddie. And together, they’re descended from (much more) mythic ancestors whose union for generations protected the Realms Eternal from evil — until now. It’s a perfect set-up for a buddy comedy adventure, with deep but accessible roots.

“When Amazon Studios came to us with the script, I felt an odd connection to this story about a lonely little kid pulled out of school into a fantasy world of magic and monsters,” O’Muiris told Cartoon Brew. “Then I realized why: Bob Roth and Bill Motz, the writers and creators of Eddie of the Realms Eternal, had written for many of the Disney television shows I’d grown up with, like Aladdin, Hercules, and Tarzan.”

“So I took this as an opportunity to make the kind of show I would have wanted to see as a kid,” added O’Muiris, whose current influences veer from Brad Bird and Satoshi Kon to David Cronenberg. “I was thinking about everything from Moebius to Teen Wolf, a little Miyazaki, some Chuck Jones. Hobi’s definitely got a little Bill Murray in him! It’s filmmaking Jenga.”

Cartoon Saloon’s mythopoetic nature and Disney’s mainstream fantasy merge smartly in Eddie’s snappy, world-warping pilot — whose fate hangs in the balance as Amazon Studios makes up its mind about which of its new pilots (including Moonbot’s The Numberlys and Niki Yang’s Yoyotoki) warrant a green light. (The public voting period for Amazon’s fall pilot season is now over, and the pilot is not currently available for viewing on Amazon’s site.)

After all, from Amazon to Netflix to parts outward in streaming media’s revenue stream, children’s programming is the rage.

Eddie of the Realms Eternal’s postmodern phasing between fantasy and reality echoes the contemporary and mythological journeys of the kids at the heart (and mind) of director Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea, another Cartoon Saloon standout. Moore produced Eddie, and gave O’Muiris some valuable advice along the way.


“Tomm was adamant that it be my personal vision, rather than design by committee,” said O’Muiris. “The creators and I were on the same wavelength, which made for a rewarding project. It was a great mix of seasoned artists, with careers in TV and features spanning thirty years, working alongside new graduates chomping at the bit to prove what they could do.”

Like Moore before him, O’Muiris felt strongly about anchoring his world(s) in hand-drawn animation. Eddie of the Realms Eternal’s design grew organically from the contrasting duality of its two worlds, the director told Cartoon Brew, which were posed and animated in TVPaint, with layouts and backgrounds drawn and painted in Photoshop, and elements composited in AfterEffects.

“I like that unpolished, rough-around-the-edges feel of hand-drawn animation,” he said. “I want kids, or anyone who watches Eddie, to feel that its drawings are just like the ones they make.”

Defense of the hand-drawn aesthetic is a prime driver for Cartoon Saloon’s acclaimed output, which soon will include The Secret of Kells co-director Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner, co-produced by Angelina Jolie. O’Muiris read Tomm Moore’s comics in school and watched Twomey’s short films in college, “so I guess the aesthetic crept in,” he explained.

Like those who voted for Eddie of the Realms Eternal over Amazon Studios’ other impressive pilots, O’Muiris isn’t sure what comes next. But he came prepared.

“In planning storyboards and designs, we left elbow room for elements we could draw on for future plot threads and character development,” he said. “But it comes down to the TV gods, or accountants, or whatever. I believe if something is made with passion and conviction, it will find its audience.”

  • Ernesto Jose Narvaez Osorio

    This Pilot is AWESOMESAUCE! I hope somehow 3 shows win, this one, Yoyotoki and a third winner. I dont know who yet!

  • Grady Williams

    Gotta say, If the public passes on this one, I don’t know what the heck they’re thinking. Amazon, make this! Not just because it’s clever and well done, it’s got merchandise all over it! I saw it and thought it was great!

  • Alex Dudley

    I’m willing to get Amazon Prime, just for this alone if it gets picked up.

  • chiliconkyle

    Cool concept. Character design of Eddie looks suspiciously like Norman Babcock of “ParaNorman.”

    • K.C.

      Oh my gosh, that’s exactly what I was thinking! The hair, the red jacket… And the fact that he was in the bathroom when he was dragged to the other world reminds me a lot of the scene in ParaNorman where his uncle visits him as a ghost and the toilet paper turns into creepy floating hands! I still really like the designs though. And the animation is so smooth and detailed.

  • Netko

    Hm, I’m not a fan of the “human gets teleported to a magical realm”-plot, but visually this looks superb. The animation is a joy to watch.

  • Netko

    Hm, I’m not a fan of the “human gets teleported to a magical realm”-plot, but visually this looks superb. The animation is a joy to watch.

  • Amazon. Netflix. Hulu. Don’t matter – this needs to be made into a series, even a mini-series at best! I’m enjoying the unique storytelling Cartoon Saloon is bringing to animation, and the quality of hand drawn animation! Good luck guys!

    • Blue Ninja

      me too love this i hope it gets greenlit so BAAAAD

  • Chad Townsend

    Yeah the pilot was excellent. I’d love to watch this series. looks like a fun project to work on. Best of luck Cartoon Saloon

  • ReallyReallyBigMan

    Ah crap. Forgot to watch it and now it’s too late.

  • G

    Am I the only one getting STRONG Adventure Time vibes from this?

  • James STanley

    This looks promising. I’d say Adventure time is gonna need to make room in the club should this go ahead.

  • enochrox

    This is beautiful – plot is different. I already have Prime(kept it because of Tumble Leaf haha!)Im sold.

  • I hope I get to see this show someday. No matter what, it already has an audience!

  • Tergle

    Watched the pilot, and although I love the animation and character design, the writing and premise strike me as bland.

    I feel like it exists on an entirely different wavelength from Adventure Time (the comparison that other commenters are making)… a very mid-2000s Disney Channel vibe in a sort of tired way.

  • Looks great, Can they really do that quality of animation on an internet budget?

  • Max C.

    Once again, Cartoon Saloon have created a visionary masterpiece. Visionary. What it’s not exactly is funny or original like their feature work. But if Amazon gives this a second chance like they just did with Niko, I’ll watch it anyway.

    My vote went to Danger & Eggs. I’m happier than anyone else that it got greenlit.