Mandrake Premiere is an American adult animated musical black comedy web series created by Lauren "Lauribang" Latelo and produced by Electro Wolf, her production company. The show is about a war between Heaven and Hell.

The series was announced on Twitter on March 6, 2018,[1] and its trailer was posted on YouTube on October 26, 2018.[2] The show's first episode was uploaded to YouTube on February 16, 2019.[3]

Synopsis

Mandrake Premiere centers on a young woman named Julia Mandrake who lives in Heaven, and it tells the story of the in-universe Dead War II, the second war between Heaven and Hell. During the war, Mandrake tries to run the her own theater, the Mandrake Premiere.

Characters

Main characters

  • Julia Mandrake (voiced by Lucy Michaels) – The main character. She runs the Mandrake Premiere, a theater in Heaven City. She is the son of King Adam IV and Queen Eve. She has a girlfriend named Jade who works at the theater.
  • Jade Cloud (voiced by Allison Brown) – Julia's girlfriend and a worker at the theater.
  • Roswell Newmex (voiced by Mark Kowalski) – A 21-year-old actor and the manager of the Premiere. He is the star of a hardcore pornographic web series called Not Pornographic, Just Very Sexually Explicit.
  • Crucifix (voiced by Scott Wade) – The writer of a newsmagazine titled Technically Inaccurate and various sex novels.

Recurring characters

  • King Adam IV (voiced by James Welsh) – Julia's father and the King of Heaven.
  • Queen Eve II (voiced by Elizabeth Thomas) – Julia's mother and the Queen of Heaven. She worked as an actress when she was alive, but she was diagnosed with cancer and died.
  • Dan Deadbeat (voiced by T.J. Fallish) – A demon and the President of Hell. His campaign slogan is "Make Hell Great Again". Before dying, his name was Dan Kirkbeat.
  • Kenny the Demon (voiced by Scott Shiwei Lee) – The Vice President of Hell. He died at age 29, making him the youngest politician in Hell.
  • Lucifer (voiced by Eric MacDonald) and Lilith S. Deadbeat – Dan Deadbeat's parents. Lucifer served as Vice President of Hell from 1985 to 1990. Lilith served as the President of Hell from 2010 to 2015.
  • Weeds (voiced by Ralph Harp)
  • Doug (voiced by Max Handers)

Episodes

Season 1 (2019)

No. in season No. overall Title Written by Original air date
1 1 "The Premiere" Lauren Latelo, David Story, and David France February 26, 2019
2 2 "Way Totally More Better" Lauren Latelo & David France March 5, 2019
3 3 "Skin and Sex" Lauren Latelo March 12, 2019
4 4 "Kick-Ass Power" Lauren Latelo March 19, 2019
5 5 "The Contract" Lauren Latelo March 26, 2019
6 6 "FluffCon" Lauren Latelo April 1, 2019
7 7 "Downtown" Lauren Latelo, David France, and Miguel Forado April 8, 2019
8 8 "Hot Chicks" Lauren Latelo April 15, 2019

Season 2 (2020)

No. in season No. overall Title Written by Original air date
1 9 "Dead Jokes" Lauren Latelo & David France February 25, 2020
2 10 "Ka-Pow!" Lauren Latelo & Erin Hoang March 3, 2020
3 11 "Dead Girls Can't Dance" Lauren Latelo March 10, 2020
4 12 "The Bitch Is Back" Lauren Latelo & David France March 17, 2020
5 13 "Oh My Ghoul!" Lauren Latelo March 24, 2020
6 14 "The Sub Place" Lauren Latelo March 30, 2020
7 15 "On the Hour" Lauren Latelo, David France, and Erin Hoang April 6, 2020
8 16 "End of an Era" Lauren Latelo & David France April 13, 2020

Music

The first soundtrack, Mandrake Premiere: Season 1 Songs, was released on ElectroWolf.com on June 26, 2019.[4] On July 2, 2020, Mandrake Premiere: Season 2 Songs, was released.[5] A third soundtrack, titled Mandrake Premiere: Compositions of Seasons 1 & 2, was released on August 1, 2020 on the Electro Wolf website.[6]

On August 16, 2020, all three albums were made available on AudioPlanet.

Other media

Webcomic

On May 3, 2020, Lauren Latelo announced in a YouTube video that a Mandrake Premiere webcomic was in the works.[7] The comic would serve as a prequel to the web series.

The webcomic is written, lettered, and pencilled Lauren Latelo; inked by Robbie Gonzalez; and colored by Dan Chong. The first chapter, titled "A Star Is Born", was released on the official Electro Wolf website on July 31, 2020.

No. Title Release date
1 "A Star Is Born" July 31, 2020
2 "Dirty Work" August 16, 2020

One Hell

On March 28, 2020, Lauren Latelo announced on YouTube that a new web series was in the works and that it would be set in the Mandrake Premiere universe.[8] On May 29, 2020, she announced through a tweet that the series would be called One Hell.[9] On August 16, 2020, a trailer titled "Welcome to Hell" was uploaded on YouTube.[10]

Reception

Mandrake Premiere has received mixed reception. Jackie Floyd of OGN described it as "a fantastic example of powerful independent animation" and "a beautiful, never-before-seen mix of black humor of music".[11] CHUCKLE.NET's Rick Finea called it "a spectacular musical production with beautiful designs and hilarious LGBT humor",[12] and Comedy News' Jane Dee Roberts called it "an absolutely funny tounge-in-cheek work of art".[13]

Despite the aforementioned reviews, critic Drew Wynn called Mandrake Premiere "gross", "stupid", and "a horribly designed failure".[14] JaxNet's Timothy Roberts called the show "the worst animated black comedy series on the Internet".[15] Editor.com's Patrick St. Louis posted a tweet in which he called the show "woke SJW BS".[16][17]

References

  1. Electro Wolf Animation [@ElectroWolf] (March 6, 2018). "We're working on a new original animated series! #MandrakePremiere" (Tweet)
  2. Electro Wolf (October 26, 2018). "Mandrake Premiere (2019) - OFFICIAL TRAILER (18+)". YouTube.
  3. Electro Wolf (February 16, 2019). "Mandrake Premiere - S1E1: "Hell Comes to Heaven"". YouTube.
  4. (June 26, 2019) "Mandrake Premiere: Season 1 Songs". Electro Wolf.
  5. (July 2, 2020) "Mandrake Premiere: Season 2 Songs". Electro Wolf.
  6. (August 1, 2020) Compositions Seasons 1 & 2". Electro Wolf.
  7. Latelo, Lauren (March 23, 2020). "Announcement for my 6 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS!". YouTube.
  8. Latelo, Lauren (June 3, 2020). "MONTHLY UPDATE - June 2020". YouTube.
  9. Latelo, Lauren [@lauribang] (May 29, 2020). "Hello, viewers! #MandrakePremiere's spin-off will be called #OneHell! Artwork by @dannyisdead" (Tweet)
  10. Latelo, Lauren (August 16, 2020). ""Welcome to Hell" - One Hell (2020) - OFFICIAL TRAILER (18+)". YouTube.
  11. Floyd, Jackie (May 6, 2019). "'Mandrake Premiere': Season 1". OGN.
  12. Finea, Rick (June 26, 2019). "What You Need to Know: 'Mandrake Premiere', 'Fruity Chai!', 'Warriors of the West'". CHUCKLE.NET.
  13. Roberts, Jane Dee (January 1, 2020). ""Mandrake Premiere" season 2 premiere date, "In Review" pilot release date". Comedy News.
  14. Jordan, Jenny (March 6, 2020). "EXCLUSIVE: Funny.com's Jenny Jordan talks with MyJournal's Drew Wynn". Funny.com.
  15. Roberts, Timothy (September 7, 2019). "OPINION: How 'Mandrake Premiere' failed to be funny". JaxNet.
  16. St. Louis, Patrick [@patstlou] (December 7, 2019). "Let's face it, Mandrake Premiere is just more woke SJW BS." (Tweet)
  17. Stark, Parker (June 6, 2019). "Patrick St. Louis of Editor.com Calls 'Mandrake Premiere' 'Woke SJW BS'". Likwid.
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