Harold & Kumar: The Animated Series (partially found Adult Swim pilot of cancelled animated adaptation of film trilogy; 2011-2014)

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Promotional poster & logo for the series' table read

Status: Partially Found


This article has been tagged as NSFW due to its footage of uncensored female genitalia.

Harold Lee (played by John Cho) & Kumar Patel (played by Kal Penn) are the beloved titular characters for the 2004 buddy stoner-comedy film, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. This 2004 film, directed by Danny Leiner and written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, will go on and later receive massive positive critics and audience reactions and was also a massive commercial success. The film would be the start of the Harold & Kumar franchise that would later go on and spawn two more follow-up sequels: one in 2008 entitled Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and another one in 2011 entitled A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.

In addition, in 2011, whilst the third movie was to be released, there have been words that an animated series for Harold & Kumar was being worked on and being pitched to various networks[1].

On May 15th, 2012, the adult-oriented animation cable channel, Adult Swim, greenlit and unveiled seven pilots for its catalog, one of which is an untitled animated Harold & Kumar project that was to be produced by Lionsgate[2][3], with actors John Cho and Kal Penn reprising their roles as Harold Lee and Kumar Patel, this time in animated treatment.[4] The animated series was animated by Bento Box Entertainment, which has footage of the show in their demo reel.[5]


On July 10th, 2014, a bunch of cast members posted pictures of various materials for the animated series on their respective social media accounts[6][7][8].

Actor Kal Penn (@kalpenn) posted pictures which would reveal the series' title, "Harold & Kumar: The Animated Series", and would also post pictures of what the characters of Harold and Kumar would look like in the series.[9].

A now-deleted Instagram post from actor Kal Penn with him stating that he was recording the pilot episode.

Another actor confirmed to be in the series, Gary Anthony Williams (@GaryAWilliams) posted a picture of the whole cast for the animated series, which confirms the involvement of actors Kari Wahlgren and Jess Harnell[10].

Another actress, Paula Graces (@paulagarces1), and Jon Hurwitz (@jonhurwitz), one of the two prominent writers of the film trilogies, confirmed their involvement when they posted pictures on their respective Twitter accounts of posters for the table read for the cast that happened the day before, which was on July 9th, 2014.[11].


Throughout the following years, the series never aired on Adult Swim and was likely quietly canceled, with no official reason on why is given. Few Twitter users have expressed interest in its pilot after actor Kal Penn posted a snippet of the pilot to his Instagram on February 2015, though said Instagram post with the snippet was likely deleted. Fortunately, it was archived by fans and still can be viewable around the Internet[12][13]
(Note: Said snippet contains uncensored female genitalia, so keep this in mind before watching said video.)

On January 27th, 2023, Twitter user @FullCowl03 found footage from the show that was included in Bento Box's 2016 demo reel[12][5]. though it is unclear if the footage in it is included in the pilot for the show. These two videos are the only known videos that includes footage from the show and the full pilot hasn't been available as of January 2023.

It is also unconfirmed if any episodes were filmed and recorded outside of the pilot.



[NSFW]Footage of the pilot, used to be available on Kal Penn's Instagram.
[NSFW]Bento Box's animation reel that includes footage from the show. (0:31-0:33); (0:47-0:48); (0:58-1:01); (1:25); (1:35)



Stay Up Late Productions' video on the topic.
FullCowl03's video on the topic.

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