YouTube Red Series Review: DanTDM and TheAtlanticCraft Set a New Standard
YouTube Red, YouTube’s paid streaming subscription service, aims to capitalize on the popularity of some of the content giant’s most famous and productive creators, allowing them to make new, original series that are at home and on-brand online. Case in point, two new series aimed at younger audiences that make their debut online tomorrow from fan-favorite Minecraft content creators, DanTDM and TheAtlanticCraft.
First up from DanTDM is his new series DanTDM Creates a Big Scene, which features the title personality otherwise known as Dan Middleton alongside his animated friends–and Danielle Tabor as Eve–in a variety show of sorts. The more traditional animated action-adventure series Kings of Atlantis follows the journey of the title characters, Cody and Joe, through their stunning, stylized world. In addition to reviews of both of these series, we also have exclusive looks at both of them before their premieres this Friday.
Here’s a look at the synopsis for YouTube Red’s DanTDM Creates a Big Scene:
DanTDM Creates a Big Scene features DanTDM and his lively group of animated friends as they battle mayhem and misadventure to keep their brand new live show on the road. Each episode follows their behind-the-scenes exploits as they learn new skills, overcome challenges and find that putting on an epic show isn’t quite as easy as it looks. The program is a mix of live action and animation and co-stars Danielle Tabor as Eve, who also appeared as Angelina Johnson in the first three Harry Potter movies. Additionally, DanTDM’s two adorable pugs, who often make cameos on his YouTube channel, are also featured in the program as animated characters of themselves!
And here’s the synopsis for Kings of Atlantis:
Kings of Atlantis is a thrilling, fun, and epic animated series that follows two deposed, young monarchs of the vast underwater city of Atlantis, Cody and Joe, as they seek to overthrow the brutal usurper of their kingdom, reclaim their birthright, and protect their people from his cruel reign. They are brothers, pranksters, and soon to be heroes! The series features YouTubers Cody and Joe of the immensely popular TheAtlanticCraft MineCraft channel that boasts more than 4 million subscribers as the voices of the young monarchs. Look out for the premiere of the series launching on April 7, 2017!
DanTDM Creates a Big Scene
If you’re like me, you didn’t grow up playing Minecraft and watching videos from the massively popular video game’s most prolific content creators. In other words, you’re not entirely sure who DanTDM is, but plenty of people are. The English YouTube personality and professional gamer, whose acronym is for The Diamond Minecart, currently boasts over 9.5 billion views and more than 14 million subscribers, most of whom are between the ages of 5 and 10.
It’s that age range that DanTDM Creates a Big Scene is made for, but rather than center on anything to do with Minecraft, it’s populated by DanTDM’s characters and creations, including the animated pugs Ellie & Darcie, Mr. Pig, Evil Dan, Craig, Dr. Trayaurus, and the aforementioned Eve. For fans of DanTDM, these should be familiar faces, but it doesn’t take long for newcomers to warm up to them. DanTDM plays the live-action straight man opposite these silly supporting players in a variety show of sorts that teases science (without actually doing any, at least in the early goings) and teaches kids a morality lesson. Mr. Pig closes out each episode with a kind of PSA that’s both weird and wacky, which pretty much sums up the kid friendly series. It’s like Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show for the current generation with a modern style that is tailor-made for YouTube Red.
Check out an exclusive clip from DanTDM Creates a Big Scene below:
Kings of Atlantis
Kings of Atlantis is a more traditional animated series from the Minecraft mods TheAtlanticCraft and it’s one that doesn’t require you to be familiar with the pre-existing mythology … but it helps. The series centers on Joe the chicken and Cody the penguin as princes in the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. The premiere finds them ready to take on an even bigger responsibility as the new kings of Atlantis, something the series title promises.
However, there are other powers at work who have different plans for the kingdom, and Joe and Cody are standing square in their way. Before the brothers know it, they find themselves on the wrong side of a coup, cast out of their home. Luckily, they’re not alone; they have the Sneaky Sisters and Professor Pikalus by their side to help them regain the crown and save the citizens of Atlantis from tyrannical rule. It looks like a fun ride for new and old fans of Joe and Cody who get to watch their journey under the sea and their rise to their rightful place as rulers of Atlantis.
Be sure to check out both DanTDM Creates a Big Scene and Kings of Atlantis on YouTube Red tomorrow!