Western Animation / Urbance

Let the battle begin!
Urbance is a currently-in-production TV project produced by Canadian-American animation company Steambot Studios, which has worked in the past designing major productions with Disney, Sony, and Universal Studios. It was created and will be written and directed by Joel Dos Reis Viegas.

Set in a big city, a genetic disease causes all sexual, and by extension romantic, relationships to be banned. Boys and girls are separated into different sections of the city, kept apart by blue-skinned, androgynous giants known as Mediators. Growing up hating each other, the two genders form rival gangs. However, things heat up when Lesya (of the gang The Deadly Eves) and Kenzell (The Neo Blasterz) end up falling in forbidden love.

Already gaining attention for the way its flashy, colorful urban setting and the trailer's high quality animation, Urbance has a 3-minute pilot released to the general public on the Steambot website. Click here for the official website that contains character and backstory information.

The kickstarter has been open for donations since September 23rd and is ending November 6th.


  • Action Girl: Amy.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The Mediators.
  • Bi the Way: Lesya eyeballs Kenzell in the pilot, and still does so while making out with Sam.
  • Chained by Fashion: Sam has one around her neck. She's seen in the trailer lifting it up as a "go hang yourself" taunt to the Neo Blasterz.
  • Death by Sex: Shown quite explicitly in the pilot, as it's the premise of the series. Two young people who think they've found a prophylatic against the "E1 virus" die during sex.
  • Does Not Like Men: Amy, considering her choice of clothing. A cap with a slash sign over a male figure. A orange jacket that has N and M on each side, clearly meaning "No men", and the back of it says "Hate all boys".
  • Dystopia: A genetic disease causes death after sexual contact and it's stated that it may have wiped out most of the human race. Males and females are separated into different sections of the city by blue agents of unknown origins. Then both genders grew up hating each other and started rival gangs. Did we mention the part about no sex?
  • Fantastic Drug: Dorphin. A drink that causes the recipient to seemingly experience sex without actually having it.
  • Generic Graffiti: The bathroom stalls in the club are peppered with all manner of graffiti, none of which seems to have major relevance to upcoming plot elements.
  • In Da Club: The pilot begins by showing us young people partying in a club which provides a way to temporarily block tracking devices attached to their wrists. The bouncers who search people for weapons take pleasure in being able to also examine other, ahem, physical aspects of the people they search.
  • Perpetual Smiler: For whatever reason, the Mediators usually wear have a sinister smirk.
  • Spiritual Successor: Potentially to Motorcity,or JetSetRadio which the former was canceled around the time word about this show got out and Word of God says the later has inspired the design of the show.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Kenzell and Lesya.
    • In a bigger, Men and women are separated by the Mediators to invoke the "Star crossed" part of this trope. Specifically to keep sex from happening.
  • Slasher Smile: The end of the pilot has a Mediator shooting an insane grin at Kenzell while charging at him.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Most characters in this setting don't have normal eye color (Kenzell has purple eyes, Amy has cyan, etc.).
  • X Meets Y: TRON meets West Side Story. Note that Steambot Studios also helped Disney with visual content for TRON: Legacy.