According to Netflix, YouTube creator James Rallison (17.8 million subscribers) has been working on an Oddballs series for the service for the past two years. The series will be made available to stream later this year.
The comedy series was developed by Rallison and Ethan Banville in collaboration with Atomic Cartoons and is based on his YouTube channel TheOdd1sOut. Carl Faruolo and Michael Zoumas also serve as executive producers.
The plot of Oddballs centres on James, a boy in a bubble whose observations on life inspire his comedic rants at minor irritations and take them to laughably absurd levels. James’ absurd schemes to challenge conventions frequently end in failure with the help of his closest friends Max, a talking crocodile, and Echo, a young woman who says she is from the future.
Rallison’s TheOdd1sOut made an appearance 14 times, taking up more than 25% of our list of the 50 independent animated shorts on YouTube with the most views in 2021.
Later this year, the show will air. Rallison teases that he will be attending several conventions between now and the show’s release, where he will share more details and animation from the series, in a video posted on TheOdd1sOut’s YouTube channel today (see below).
Rallison also disclosed that the new Netflix series’ entire production took place under lockdown. He said, “Little to no human interaction was involved in any of the writing, storyboarding, designing, or voice acting. “I haven’t worked in an office yet. Hey, you saw the game last night? is one of the things I want to say as I lean against a water cooler. Is that asking too much?
Do not worry if you are worried that TheOdd1sOut YouTube channel will suffer because of its creator’s new business. Rallison promises viewers in the video announcement that the Youtube channel will keep posting content as it always has, albeit perhaps more slowly.
James Rallison, Julian Gant, Kimberly Brooks, Gary Anthony Williams, and Carl Faruolo are among the voice actors for the show.