Amazon Studios has greenlit a kids animated series based on Double Fine Productions’ Costume Quest series of role-playing games, the streaming service announced today.
The cartoon is simply called Costume Quest. Amazon also announced today that it has picked up Pete the Cat, which is based on the children’s books by Eric Litwin; the two shows will join the roster of approximately a dozen Amazon Original Kids Series in 2018.
Costume Quest follows the adventures of four kids living in the seemingly ordinary town of Auburn Pines. Here’s the description from Amazon: “To overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, they must learn to unlock and master the magical powers of supernormal costumes — with each costume comes a new set of transformations and powers.”
Double Fine released the original Costume Quest video game in 2010, and followed it up with a sequel, Costume Quest 2, in 2014. Both were set in a world created by Tasha Sounart, and the Amazon series is too. The TV show began as an 11-minute animated short that Double Fine and Frederator Studios announced in May 2015. That pilot was written and drawn by artist Zac Gorman, the author of the games’ graphic novel adaption, Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers.
Costume Quest represents the first partnership between Amazon and Frederator, the production company behind hit cartoons like Nickelodeon’s The Fairly OddParents and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. Will McRobb, co-creator of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, is the showrunner for Costume Quest; the other executive producers are Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Kevin Kolde and Eric Homan.
“Well, the bag’s out of the cat — we’ll be producing a Costume Quest series for Amazon,” said Seibert, Kolde and Homan in a post on Frederator’s blog. “It’s Frederator Studios’ first project with Amazon, and we’re truly happy about it (and doubly happy it’s with such a wonderful property).” Frederator is also working on another streaming series based on a video game: Castlevania, for Netflix.