Nick Releases “Legend of Korra” Prequel Webseries “Republic City Hustle”

Nickelodeon is releasing online a three-part Legend of Korra webseries called “Republic City Hustle,” presumably to help build buzz for the second season of the TV series, which will debut next month. The webseries takes place three years before the events of Book 1 and tells the backstory of two of the show’s central figures—brothers Mako and Bolin—and how they ended up with their sidekick Pabu. The first two episodes have already debuted online and can be viewed below:

Legend of Korra: “Republic City Hustle: Part 1″

Legend of Korra: “Republic City Hustle: Part 2″



Besides the obvious redesign of the characters, things were also done differently behind the scenes. This webseries was produced out of Nickelodeon’s on-air graphics department in New York instead of the regular Los Angeles crew. The animation was created in After Effects.

CREDITS
SVP Brand Creative: Matthew Duntemann
Executive Producer: James Stephenson
Producer: Eric Collins
Written by: Tim Hedrick
Directors: Chris Papa and Rob Kohr
Character Design: Evon Freeman & Rachael Hunt
Storyboards: Matthew Robinson
Backgrounds: George Berger and Alexandra DiTullio
Animation: Scott Kennell, Ross Norton, Christine Chen, Alexandra Ditullio, Brett Underhill and Mike Liu
Sound: Beatstreet

(Disclosure: The co-director of this piece, Rob Kohr, provides technical support/maintenance for Cartoon Brew.)


  • Mike

    It’s a nice idea and nod to the fans but I’m not particularly feeling the redesigns or the stilted movement. Think I’ll just wait for Book 2.

    • B

      I personally like the designs, but the stilted movement… It kind of hurts to watch.

      • GuestFace9000

        God bless their sweet faces… the animation.. just isn’t very good.

  • Himalayanpink

    A show focusing on the series’ two least appealing characters? No thanks!

    • Mike

      A very good point. Where’s our Lin and Tenzin backstory??

    • Superstarseven

      Disagree.

    • http://hoyvinglavin64.livejournal.com/ rubi-kun

      Bolin’s appealing. Mako isn’t, but more development could do a lot for a really underdeveloped character.

  • daniel

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  • Marco_Sensei

    Hmmm Video said “unavailable from your location”… They dont like French fans of Korra on Nick ? Why is it blocked for French viewer ? Is it so for other European country too ? I’m curious… -_-

    • falconflyer

      ya for some reason Nickelodeon region blocks anyone not in the united stated, i’m in Canada and even I cant access it.

      • Nemo

        The same in Poland. I’m sick of things like that. Even free stuff is blocked for you if you live in wrong country.

  • SarahJesness

    Yeah, I do think they should’ve gone with a different animation style. The movements are too stilted. But these shorts are pretty cute.