The Mighty Ones is a DreamWorks Animation television series, created by animation veterans Sunil Hall (Gravity Falls, The Penguins of Madagascar) and Lynne Naylor (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Samurai Jack, Batman: The Animated Series). It is the first Dreamworks production not to be based on any existing franchise, and premiered on Hulu and Peacock on November 9, 2020.
The series follows the hilarious adventures of four small-but-mighty best friends: Twig (Josh Brener), Rocksy (Jessica McKenna), Leaf (Jimmy Tatro), and Very Berry (Alex Cazares). The pals live in an unkempt yard belonging to a trio of equally unkempt humans and, despite the obstacles they face, are always up for whatever life throws at them. Whether theyre soaring on soda lids, getting stuck in a ball of sticky goop, or worshipping a broken toilet, each day holds the promise of new adventures and surprises.
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The Mighty Ones provides examples of:
- Alien Hair: Rocksy uses a clump of moss as hair.
- Animate Inanimate Object: The main cast are a twig, a rock, a leaf, and a strawberry. Throughout the show a number of other characters are also seen to be inanimate objects.
- Anthropomorphic Food: Very Berry, along with other characters, are anthropomorphic fruits.
- Black Comedy Cannibalism: When deprived of food, Berry will quickly resort to cannibalism, unfortunately for Twig when they end up trapped together.
- Crapsaccharine World: The protagonists would seem to lead pretty carefree lives, if it wasn't casually shown that they have to scavenge for food and are incredibly vulnerable to the hazards and dangers of being so small, from both animals and the elements. They don't even seem to have regular shelter.
- Egg Folk: One episode is about the characters looking after an egg they accidentally knocked down. It's animate like them but has no limbs to move on its own, and is an insulting Jerkass that makes heavy demands of them. Funnily enough it's more like the egg shell itself is animate, as when the chick hatches from it lives independently.
- Eyelid Pull Taunt: Berry pulls her eyelid in the intro.
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: Berry and Rocksy are girls, while Twig and Leaf are guys.
- Lilliputians: The characters are tiny creatures who live in a secret world. Even earthworms and ants are huge compared to them.
- Mouse World: The characters live in a tiny secret world unknown to humans.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Berry is very excited at the prospect of death and maiming, but this is easily overlooked compared to her generally manic personality.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Rocksy is a girl rock with notable eyelashes, moss for hair and a butterfly as a bow.
- Title Drop: Rocksy refers to the group as the Mighty Ones in one episode, though she becomes resigned to the fact that Berry's name "The Bone Jugglers", sounds cooler.
- Your Size May Vary: How small the characters are relative to other things seems exaggerated and inconsistent in scale to other things and creatures, only generally kept to tiny.