It’s that time of year again — the time when Cartoon Network releases a new line of pilots. The network used to make these pilots into shows during the ’90s called The What A Cartoon! Show and The Cartoon Cartoon Show, which eventually lead to spin-offs.
At one point, they even had the kids at home vote for which pilot got picked up. You may even remember that this is how we got shows like The Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and even Family Guy. That said, this is probably why they have reduced the process to just posting things on YouTube.
The first pilot, Victor & Valentino, turned out to be something quite seasonal as it was released on the first of November — the first day of Dia de los Muertos.
The story follows two Mexican half-brothers, the titular Victor and Valentino, who are sent to live with their grandmother in Monte Macabre and help run her taco stand during the summer. Taking a page from Alice in Wonderland, they follow an undead chihuahua, in lieu of a white rabbit, to the mysterious land of the dead. Things get dark when Victor accidentally wishes Valentino dead, and the gods of the underworld seem more than willing to comply. I don’t want to reveal too much, but they go all Sixth Sense with the abuela.
It’s been said to be something of a Mexican-flavored Over the Garden Wall, so maybe if we are good, they’d at least give us a mini-series. Seriously, the network owes us for helping to make Family Guy a reality.