What do Gremlins eat? It turns out “dumplings and bao”. The Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai The cast and creators talked about the upcoming prequel animated series with Damian Holbrook at the unbranded Hollywood-sponsored TV Insider and TV Guide Magazine studio at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.
Coming to HBO Max in 2023, Gremlins: The secrets of Mogwai travels back to 1920s Shanghai to reveal how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future store owner, Mr. Wing from the 1984 film) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle (Gabrielle Nevaeh Green), Sam (Izaac Wang) and Gizmo (AJ LoCascio) take a journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering and sometimes battling colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. In their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.
In the Gremlins Comic-Con video interview, above, LoCascio, Zach Galligan, Wang and Green are joined by executive producers Tze Chun and Brendan Hay and art director Tara Rueping. And they’ve revealed some exciting details about what the prequel’s animation style and visual aesthetic will look like.
“He tries to mix Chinese mythology with the world of Gremlins and present a sort of different side to the two that you may not have seen before,” Hay explained. Chun, who also serves as showrunner, says he pitched the series four years ago now and it’s been a long road in development.
With such a recognizable franchise on their hands, the team wanted to create something new that still honored the OG.
“We want to be true to what the franchise is. It’s a hybrid show, so when we created the show, we didn’t want to push into a highly rendered total look,” Rueping said. “We wanted to have a more flat and graphic look, so what we wanted was if you could imagine the ‘art of’ book and see the beautiful colors and detailed illustration quality that those would have, that is what we wanted to bring to the series.
“We thought it blended really well with what the movies were. The idea wasn’t to really redesign, but rather it was to take what people really love about these characters, Gizmo and the Gremlins, and bring it into a style that’s true to the characters everyone loves so much. .
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will also feature Ming-Na Wen, James Hong and BD Wong with guest stars Sandra Oh, Randall Park, George Takei and Bowen Yang. Learn how much Gremlins The Galligan star got involved with the prequel and more in the full video interview above.
Gremlins: Secrets of the MogwaiSeries Premiere, 2023, HBO Max