Western Animation / Space POP

Not your average princesses!

SpacePOP is a cartoon made by Genius Brands International and produced by Andy Heyward, formerly of DiC Entertainment. Every episode is about three minutes long, along with a music video and occasional extras. Season 1 is comprised of 108 episodes. Season 2 is set to premiere in September 2017.

The show follows five space princesses, Athena, Luna, Rhea, Hera, and Juno, as their home planets are taken over by the evil Empress Geela and their parents are imprisoned. Working underground, the girls form the band SpacePOP and join the resistance to undermine Geela's rule, rescue their parents, and defeat her.

Besides the show, dolls, lifestyle apps, and other merchandise were made with an emphasis on mobile devices and an almost entirely digital marketing campaign, though books and DVDs of the series also exist.

New episodes are aired every Saturday and can be found here. The SpacePOP website can be found here.

This show contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: While in the show the girls' hair colors are natural, in the books the girls have different hair colors before dyeing them to match their official art.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The tie-in books show how Geela took over, and mention that Tibbitt is a present from her late father. They also go into more detail about the princesses, Geela, Chamberlin, and their lives, as well as the episodes' content.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Geela is more attractive in official art and tie-in book art than she is in the show.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The website mentions Geela isn't really an empress but declared herself one out of jealousy that she couldn't be a princess, and she hails from the planet Geelatuu. Juno is also said to have a boyfriend who she hides her identity from, but he's never mentioned in the series.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Several character models are flipped in the music videos and regular episodes, resulting in Geela's scar, Luna's multicolored eyes, Chamberlin's beauty mark, and Athena's short sleeve swapping positions.
  • Bald Women: Geela has a wig collection to hide the fact that she's bald.
  • Big Bad: Empress Geela, who took over the Planetary Pentangle and imprisoned the girls' parents.
  • Bounty Hunter: Geela hires one named Khang to capture the girls and get Grock's ring.
  • Brainwashed: Late in the first season, Geela brainwashes the girls' parents to cajole them into surrendering.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Several characters break the fourth wall at times.
  • Broken Aesop: The series' girl power themes and general message is undermined by the fact that the princesses fail to rescue their parents and make little headway against Geela for a majority of the series. Chamberlin also destroys the Fog-O-Nator machine by complete accident when the group was forced to escape without getting a chance to attack it, and suggests a self-destruct button when the girls' ideas to stop Geela's communication center wouldn't work or would take too long.
  • Captured on Purpose: Luna and Juno get themselves captured so they can locate Geela's headquarters, escaping offscreen.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Geela is proud of her evilness and hates anything good.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Athena's mother is only seen in one dungeon scene, and isn't seen with her husband or the rest of the girls' parents before or after it.
  • Cliffhanger: Season 1 ends with Athena wearing the Ring of Grock in front of Geela, who's watching from a video screen, and the ring suddenly begins to glow.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander:
    • Hera generally has... odd ideas when thinking of ways for plans to work.
    • Geela's robots are hilariously wrong about a ton of things, like suspecting SpacePOP sneaked into Space Port 9 by way of pouring invisible juice on themselves.
    • Rand the roadie is fond of non-sequiturs and random humor in general.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each of the main cast is associated with a color. Athena is light indigo, Juno is purple, Luna is red, Rhea is blue, Hera is hot pink, and Geela is green.
  • Compilation Movie:
    • The DVDs and some web episodes are several shorter segments combined to make a longer episode.
    • A theatrical event in September 2017 will have all 108 Season 1 episodes edited together to be feature-length.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Lampshaded in episode 82, where the girls need to find the statue of Grock without directions, only to see a sign with a picture of said statue and a left arrow.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Tibbitt tortures the girls' parents with audio of Geela's awful singing.
  • Cyborg: Khang has a robotic left hand.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Geela takes over the holonet feeds, saturating it with programs all about her.
  • Enhanced on DVD: The first SpacePOP DVD (and the first compilation episode) has alternate takes of the first episodes with better voice acting and sound effects.
  • Eureka Moment: Rand not disposing of his trash properly inspires Athena to dress the band up as garbage workers to bypass Geela's fleet.
  • Everybody Do the Endless Loop: Looping animation is common, especially in the music videos.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: For most of the series the girls aren't even close to finding their parents, and when they do get opportunities to save them they don't succeed.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Athena's outfit is asymmetrical, with one long sleeve and one short sleeve.
  • The Fashionista: Rhea and Luna are both this to varying degrees. Rhea focuses more on designs and the work behind fashion, while Luna cares about it as it relates to her.
  • For the Evulz: Episode 23 has Geela commission a Fog-O-Nator machine, which would block out the sun around the Pentangle and coat the planets in gloomy fog, for no real reason except to be evil.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Hera loves all animals, even giant space slugs.
  • Fun with Acronyms: In the books, SpacePOP is short for Space Princesses Of the Pentangle.
  • Generation Xerox: Most of the girls' parents share their hair and skin colors.
  • Granola Girl: Hera believes in peace, love, and marshmallow dreams, and is fond of daydreaming and meditation.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Khang quits working for Geela to join the Resistance.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Bradbury wears stereotypical nerd glasses and pocket protectors, and is a fan to the point of annoyance.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Geela cannot carry a tune at all. Her singing's so bad Tibbitt uses it as a torture device.
  • Honey Trap: Khang poses as a normal boy so Athena will trust him. She doesn't take it well when he reveals his true colors.
  • I Lied: Geela lies to Khang about paying him, leading him to betray her.
    Geela: Sorry... I'm evil. I lied.
  • Internal Reveal: Episodes 106 and 108 reveal to Geela and the princesses' parents the truth about SpacePOP.
  • It's All About Me: Luna is a total diva and thinks the other girls are her backup band.
  • Laughably Evil: Geela is a cruel dictator who took over the princesses' planets and kidnapped their parents, but she spends most of her time on vapid, self-promoting TV shows and reveling in her own evilness.
  • The Leader: Athena, who's the most focused on stopping Geela and saving her parents.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Juno is always gung-ho about fighting Geela and often has to be talked down from unwinnable situations.
  • Light 'em Up: Springle, Rhea's pet, can project light from her hands.
  • Loony Fan: Bradbury, who follows the girls around and generally causes trouble, though he does manage a fan site and got them on the map. Renaldo is a more malicious version, wanting them to stay at his roadhouse and play forever.
  • Lost Orphaned Royalty: Rhea doesn't have parents and grew up in an orphanage before they learned she was a princess, moving into the palace shortly after.
  • MacGuffin: The Ring of Grock, worn by the Pentangle's first emperor, has the power to save or destroy the galaxy if all five of its gems are in placement. The missing fifth jewel is also one of these.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Skitter, Juno's pet, can grow 50 times her size.
  • Malicious Misnaming: SpacePOP gets misnamed as SpacePOOP a couple times, once by Geela and once by unruly concertgoers.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Geela employs an army of robots to do her bidding.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Luna has one red eye and one golden eye.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Geela refusing to pay Khang causes him to have a change of heart, and he joins the Resistance.
  • Named After Their Planet: All the girls, and Geela, are named for their planets—Athena for Athenia, Rhea for Rhealo, Juno for Junoia, Luna for Lunaria, Hera for Heralda, and Geela for Geelatuu.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted for the most part, though Geela often orders her minions to vaporize the princesses rather than kill them.
  • Off-Model: The music video for "Find You" has Mykie, Athena's pet, with the same coloring as Skitter, Juno's pet.
  • Oh My Gods!: "Oh my Grock" is a common phrase, referring to the first emperor of the Pentangle.
  • Once an Episode: Every episode has a music video attached.
  • Only in It for the Money: Khang the space pirate is only in it for Geela's money. He's not happy at all when she betrays him.
  • Only Six Faces: The girls have different hairstyles, hair colors and skin tones, but their body and face types are the same; the dolls have an even worse case of this, with all but one having the same molds. Averted in the book illustrations, where they have different facial features.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The SpacePOP group wears different clothing and slightly different hairstyles to hide their true identities.
  • Pokémon Speak: The Space Pets only speak in beatboxing.
  • Real Name as an Alias: The princesses' names are fairly long and they shorten them when they go on the run. Lunaria de Longoria becomes Luna, Junoia Atley-Wolford becomes Juno, Rhealetta Hemmings becomes Rhea, Herazanna Appleby becomes Hera, and Mettathena Mystos becomes Athena. Episode 108 has Geela lampshading how nobody figured this out.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Chamberlin is 127 years old but looks middle-aged.
  • Self Destruct Button: Parodied when all of their ideas to stop Geela's comm center fail, so Chamberlin suggests the self-destruct button. The concept is later lampshaded.
    Computer: Self-destruct sequence has begun. Please panic and run around helplessly.
    Athena: Why would a place even have a self-destruct button?
    Chamberlin: Probably a required safety feature in case of runaway robots or monsters.
  • Series Continuity Error: In the final season 1 episode, Rhea's planet Rhealo is misnamed Rheania, and Hera's planet Heralda is misnamed Heria.
  • The Snark Knight: Being a sassy wise-cracker is Rhea's main character trait.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Despite the Space Pets speaking only in beatboxing, everyone can fluently communicate with them.
  • Spiritual Successor: To DiC Entertainment's Trollz and Sonic Underground. The girls have similar personalities and character designs to the Trollz characters, as do the villains and the characters' pets, and royalty going underground as a rock band to search for their missing parents against a dictator with Mecha-Mooks and a hired Bounty Hunter is like Sonic Underground.
  • Spoiled Brat: Luna was rich before going on the run, and is haughty and used to the finer things in life.
  • Spy Catsuit: Once they officially join the Resistance the girls get form-fitting spy outfits that Rhea says makes them look like cat burglars.
  • Standardized Leader: Athena is smart, focused, and that's about it.
  • Sweet Tooth: All the characters except Chamberlin love sweets, especially donuts.
  • Tag Line: "Not your average princesses!"
  • Take That!: Geela's TV shows and the experiences the girls have on them are critical of reality TV in general, with a major point being that such shows' outcomes are planned in advance by the producers.
  • Team Pet: All the girls have a Space Pet, while Geela has a dragon named Tibbitt.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Khang's upper half is about twice as wide as his lower half.
  • Totally Radical: The two guards in Episodes 93-95 talk like this.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: All the Space Pets resemble their owner.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: Villainous things Geela does are usually offscreen, with most of her time being spent on self-promoting TV shows.
  • Womb Level: Episodes 99-101 have the girls eaten by a giant space slug and working to escape.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Episodes 77 and 78 lead the viewers to believe the princesses are finally going to rescue their parents after having spent a third of the series getting closer and closer, only for the parents to be taken away to another dungeon and forcing the quest to continue.