A new animated series from a hugely well-known YouTube creator has been added to Netflix, the service announced today. James Rallison, who has over 17 million subscribers to his YouTube channel Odd 1s Out, revealed the title and release date of his next Oddballs for Netflix project in a video posted today. 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.
James, a bubble-shaped boy, is the protagonist of Oddballs. His observations on life inspire his comedic rants at minor irritations and take them to laughably absurd levels. James’ absurd efforts 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.
The video announcement, which was released today, gave viewers a glimpse into current events that have been happening behind the scenes of Odd 1s Out and provided an overview of the creative process for the new show. Rallison also talked about how the COVID-19 outbreak forced the production team of the upcoming Netflix series to work fully remotely.
Along with the news, Rallison teased the release of some first-look footage for the new show during upcoming appearances at conventions, one of which being the upcoming VidCon, which will be held in Anaheim this coming weekend. On June 25, 2022, Rallison will present a clip from the upcoming series at the conference. But at the end of his announcement, Rallison also included a brief, sneaky preview of the performance. The video shows a bubble boy and his crocodile companion exiting a trailer that is placed atop a cactus just before the trailer blows up.
YouTube has been worked hard to support Rallison in keeping a consistent presence on his well-liked YouTube channel as he has been preparing his new streaming show. “It takes a village to raise a child,” Rallison said, “and make a season of a cartoon show.” One of the most popular YouTube animation hubs is TheOdd1sOut, which contains marshmallow-headed characters and anecdotes from Rallison’s life. It has 17.9 million subscribers and has achieved 3.9 billion lifetime views since its beginning.
After a weak first quarter, this new partnership between Netflix and well-known internet talent could be just what the streaming giant needs to increase its subscriber base. Rallison offers a loyal following and a well-established brand identification to the streaming service. Oddballs is yet to have a premiere date. The only date for the series’ debut that Rallison has provided is later this year.
Check out Rallison’s announcement video here: