Ryker and the Cicada
Television show information

Genre

Comedy
Adventure
Fantasy

Created by

Toby Jones

Voices of

Sam Lavagnino
Debra Wilson

Country of
origin

United States

Original
language(s)

English

Production

Executive
producer(s)

Toby Jones
For Cartoon Network Studios:
Brian A. Miller
Jennifer Pelphrey
For Cartoon Network:
Robert Sorcher

Running time

11 min. (normal episodes; approx.)
22 min. (specials; approx.)

Production
company(s)

Cartoon Network Studios

Distributor

Warner Bros. Television Distribution

Broadcast

Original
network

Cartoon Network

Original release

March 30th, 2020-present

Ryker and the Cicada is an American adventure fantasy comedy animated series being created by Toby Jones. It has aired on Cartoon Network since March 30th, 2020.

Synopsis

After a game of truth or dare, Ryker stumbles across a cicada named Cindy who was cursed to be able to talk and ends up befriending her, leading them to have their bizarre adventures.

Characters

Main

  • Ryker Yin (voiced by Sam Lavagnino) - a ten-year old Asian kid who finds Cindy and ends up going on bizarre adventures.
    • Cindy (voiced by Debra Wilson) - a cicada who was cursed to have the ability to talk like a human and befriends Ryker.

Supporting

  • Mr. and Mrs. Yin (voiced by Matthew Yang King and Cristina Vee, respectively) - Ryker's busy parents.
  • Kyle (voiced by Jay Gragnani) - a kid who is Ryker's best friend.
  • Katie (voiced by Ashley Johnson) - a girl whom Ryker has a crush on.
  • Rose (vocal effects by Frank Welker) - a dog who is Ryker's pet.
  • Madame Fortuna (voiced by Laraine Newman) - a woman who is a fortune teller.
  • Chris (voiced by TBD) - a villager who befriends Ryker and Cindy.
  • Roswell (voiced by Danica McKellar) - a girl from Ryker's school that has been hinted to have multiple personality disorder, as she's been seen as a shy introverted girl, a popular queen bee, a creepy goth girl, etc.
  • Evan Yin (voiced by Dante Basco) - Ryker's immature teenage cousin who doesn't really get along with him well.
  • The Mega Centipede (vocal effects by Frank Welker) - a fictional giant centipede from Mega Centipede that destroys buildings and cause chaos, being Ryker and Kyle's favorite monster movie.
  • General Knuckleduster (voiced by Travis Willingham) - a stern and serious military officer who is the Mega Centipede's arch-enemy.
  • Sally (voiced by Grace Rolek) - Cindy's old friend who is also capable of speech.
  • The Baby Grasshopper (non-speaking) - a baby grasshopper who Ryker and Cindy tried to get it home.
  • Doug (voiced by TBD) - an idiotic stickbug who is very weird and likes having fun.
  • Axy (vocal effects by TBD) - an axolotl who befriened Cindy.

Antagonists

  • The Termite King (voiced by Tommy Blacha) - a termite who leads the termites and is extremely greedy and egotistical.
  • Hayden Hamati (voiced by Rachael MacFarlane) - a kid from school who is Ryker's rival.
  • Zombie Bees (non-speaking) - a group of zombified bees.
  • The Owlman (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) - an owlman who has been lurking around the forest.
  • Lindy (voiced by Rachael MacFarlane) - a green cicada who got jealous of Cindy for having a human friend when she doesn't and tried to steal Ryker from her.
  • The Cicada Eater (vocal effects by Fred Tatasciore) - a creature that has been going around and eating cicadas.
  • The Iguana (non-speaking) - an iguana who managed to enter Ryker's house and attempted to eat Cindy.
  • Ember (voiced by Candi Milo) - a kid who is obsessed with collecting bugs and tried to collect Cindy.
  • Daisy (voiced by E.G. Daily) - a creepy little girl who speaks in rhymes.
  • Daniel Dangerbutter (voiced by John DiMaggio) - a strange burly man who wants to place Cindy in his museum of weird talking animals.
  • Hissy and Wussy (voiced by Parker Simmons and Ian Jones-Quartey, respectively) - two earthworms who want to hunt down Cindy and bury her underground.
  • Jill Friendly (voiced by TBD) - a strange 10-year old girl who seems like an ordinary friendly girl at first, but soon turns out to have an obsessive crush on Ryker.
  • Frogs (vocal effects by John DiMaggio) - a pack of frogs that swarmed all over the city.
  • The Tree (voiced by Khary Payton) - an intelligent tree who hates people and wants to use trees to cause chaos.
  • The Dark Bugs (non-speaking) - a bunch of bugs corrupted by some sort of dark energy.
  • Jericho (voiced by TBD) - a weird stickbug who wants to kill Cindy.
  • The Cricket Intruders (voiced by TBD, TBD, and TBD, respectively) - TBD
  • The Grouch (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • Jake (voiced by TBD) - a charismatic teenage boy who wanted to make Ryker "cool".

Episodes

See List of Ryker and the Cicada episodes.

Gallery

Broadcast

The series has first made its way on Cartoon Network on March 30th.

It has first made its international debut on Cartoon Network Asia on April 4th. It has premiered on Teletoon on June 5th and has premiered on Cartoon Network UK on August 31th. It has premiered on Cartoon Network Japan and Cartoon Network Korea on September 6th and September 10th, respectively. It will premiere on Cartoon Network Italy on September 28th and Cartoon Network India on November 6th.

The series is expected to be available for streaming on HBO Max somewhere in 2021.

Tropes

See Ryker and the Cicada/Tropes.

Trivia

  • This series premiered just a day before its own creator's birthday.
  • VARIANT:
    • Cartoon Network Studios: The custom animation is Ryker relaxing while Cindy flies around him.
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