Kappa Mikey (found original MTV pitch & Nicktoons pilots of animated series; 2004)
The title card used for the Nicktoons pilot.
Date found: 26 Jul '17 (MTV pilot), 29 Mar '18 (Nicktoons pilot)
Found by: Sergei Aniskov (MTV pilot), TeamNotCrash (Nicktoons pilot)
Kappa Mikey was an animated comedy series that aired on Nicktoons Network from 2006 to 2008, with a short-lived Nickelodeon run as well. The show centered around a teenage American male named Mikey Simon, who wins a trip to Japan to star in an anime series named LilyMu. The show was an affectionate parody of anime and Japanese culture, and had a unique style of animation blending; Japanese people were portrayed in an anime art style, while American people were portrayed in a Western-animated art style.
The series soon become a cult classic following its cancellation, but some are unaware of the original MTV pilot. The MTV incarnation was geared toward older audiences, with more adult humor, but the original voice actors still had the same parts. According to one of the show's animators, Andrew Kaiko on his Tumblr, the pilot had different characterization, different animation, and a hip-hop soundtrack.
MTV declined the deal, and Nickelodeon took over the project Only a few pictures and information of the pilot existed, until July 26th, 2017, when the series' executive producer Sergei Aniskov uploaded the full pilot on his YouTube channel. It's in low quality and has temporary voiceovers and music in the pilot, but otherwise, it is the full intact original pilot.
On March 29th, 2018, YouTube user TeamNotCrash uploaded a second pilot of the show that originally aired on Nicktoons. This pilot was confirmed as real by the show's creator, and used a different art style and voice cast from the MTV pilot.
- Anime News Network 2004 press release that first mentions the show. Retrieved 11 Apr '15
- Article on MTV Network's acquiring the global rights to the series. Retrieved 26 Dec '13
- Andrew Kaiko answers a question on what he remembers about the pilot. Retrieved 18 Dec '14