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The Tales of the Paintders
Television show information

Genre

Adventure
Teen drama
Comedy-Drama

Created by

Tom Ruegger

Developed by

Tom Ruegger

Voices of

Amanda Leighton
Grey Griffin
Tara Strong
Frank Welker

Opening theme

Everything by Amanda Leighton

Composer(s)

Michael Giacchino
Stewart Copeland

Country of
origin

United States

Original
language(s)

English

No. of seasons

7

Production

Executive
producer(s)

Tom Ruegger
For Warner Bros. Animation:
Sam Register

Running time

22 min.

Production
company(s)

Warner Bros. Animation
Mercury Filmworks (animation)

Distributor

Warner Bros. Television Distribution

Broadcast

Original
network

Netflix (2018-2020)
HBO Max (2020-present)
Cartoon Network
WB Kids
Boomerang

Original release

May 25th, 2018-present

The Tales of the Paintders (originally known as The Tales of Ashton Paintders) is an American animated adventure-comedy-drama television series created by Tom Ruegger. It is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and it aired on Netflix in May 25, 2018.

Its was originally gonna be planned to air the third season on HBO Max, but due to Coronavirus, it will remain on Netflix due to the early date.

The series is rated TV-Y7.

Reruns also air on Cartoon Network, Boomerang and WB Kids with a three month delay.

A spin-off series, focusing on Rainee, is announced for HBO Max, being one of the launch series.

Synopsis

Ashton, Hannah, Lagan and Shoney have moved to New Paint City to get into a school they're interested in. However, they end up facing adventures and several situations.

Characters

Main

  • Ashton Paintders (voiced by Amanda Leighton) - A Face Paint girl who is the main character. She is the mid sister, as she is younger than Hannah, but older than Lagan. She doesn't like being called "Juicy Lips".
  • Hannah Alisha Paintders (voiced by Grey Griffin) - A Face Paint girl who is Ashton and Lagan's older sister, as she is the year older than Ashton and two years older than Lagan. She has a very warm heart and will do anything to help her friends, but she is extremely sensitive, meaning making her cry is very easy. She prefers to be single as she revealed that her past boyfriends insulted her and afraid that her crushes might insult her.
  • Lagan Paintders (voiced by Tara Strong) - A Face Paint girl who is Ashton and Hannah's younger sister. She is one of the few characters to wear pants in the entire series.
    • Shoney Paintders (vocal effects by Frank Welker) - an axolotl who is Lagan's pet and the family pet of the Paintders. His job is being a mascot at the New Paint City football team. Before the eighteenth episode, he and Abigail had a disliking on each other until they started being like best friends to each other. It is revealed that Shoney doesn't like sleepovers, because the girls always put makeup on his face. He is the show's breakout character.

Supporting

  • Bubble (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) - a Wango who is the friend of the Paintders and is Shoney's best friend who, unlike Shoney, can talk.
  • Braces (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - a bracelet spirit being who is Ashton's imaginary friend.
  • Madison "Mattie" Paintders (also voiced by Grey Griffin) - the Paintders' cousin who is like the Paintders sisters' best friend. She, their aunt and Maddie both are rich. It was revealed that she and Maddie both became rich after they win a lottery. Despite her selfish-ness, she actually deeply cares for her friends, her family and her cousins.
  • Maddilyn "Maddie" Paintders (voiced by Andrea Libman) - another cousin of the Paintders who is Mattie's sister, although three months younger than Mattie. She is one of the characters that wear pants.
    • Elisha Paintders (vocal effects also by Frank Welker) - an axolotl who is Mattie and Maddie's pet, whom Shoney has a crush on. Similar to Shoney, she doesn't speak, but make noises.
  • Seth Brody (voiced by Eric Bauza) - a Face Paint male who Lagan has a crush on, despite him not having interest, but does like her as a friend.
  • Abigail Colena (voiced by Anna Brisbin) - a Face Paint female character who is Ashton's best friend. Although can be a little bit stingy at times, she does still love her friends. She is also sweet. She and Shoney depises each other... that is until the eighteenth episode where they start have a liking on each other and find each other as best friends. It was revealed that Abigail had a not seen boyfriend that had cheated on her. Like Shoney, she is the show's breakout character.
  • Abigail's Grandma (voiced by Wanda Sykes) - a Face Paint elderly female who is Abigail's grandma. She is like Abigail's other best friend. She is fun-loving and not so serious. Although, she can be stupid at times, she is still lovable.
  • Rainee Alexis Jennielle "Rain" Paintders (voiced by Janice Kawaye) - a teenage Face Paint girl who TBD. She would later get a spin-off.
    • [give Rainee a sister or no? Green decides]
  • Katie Brady (also voiced by Colleen Villard) - a Face Paint teen girl who is Ashton's best friend.
  • Abigail Doll (voiced by Cristina Pucelli) - A Face Paint who TBD.
  • Halie Seymour (voiced by Colleen Villard) - a Face Paint girl who TBD.
  • Logan Winston (voiced by Greg Cipes) - a Face Paint boy who serves as a school news reporter.
  • Mayor James P (Paintda) Paint-inda (voiced by Seth Green) - a Face Paint man who is the mayor of New Paint City, and is Delilah and Mattie's uncle.
  • Principal Emmett Famboo (voiced by Rob Paulsen) - a Famboo who serves as a principal to the Paintders' school.
  • The Security Officer (voiced by TBD) - a Face Paint man who works as a school security guard, often working at nights.
  • Maddisen "Mattie" Paint-inda (voiced by Kath Soucie) - a Face Paint girl who is a younger, and friendly sister of Delilah. Similar to Hannah, she can cry real easy if being insulted and later becomes the Paintders' best friend.
  • TBD Paint-inda (voiced by TBD) - a rockstar Face Paint who is Delilah and Mattie's father. Like Delilah, he is very famous and loves his fame, but unlike her, he cares more about his family, especially Mattie.
  • Wendell Yetibert (voiced by Tom Kenny) - a mysterious and legendary Face Paint Yeti, who is kind hearted.
  • Unnamed male Face Paint character (voiced by Corey Burton) - TBD
  • Damien (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - TBD
  • Cailin Paintlove (voiced by Jessica DiCicco) - a Face Paint girl who loves caffeine, thus earning her nickname "Hyper Caffeine".
  • Dum-Dum (voiced by John DiMaggio) - a Grumpbat who Abigail adopts, being very wild, but really friendly at the same time.
  • Griffo Griffin (also voiced by Seth MacFarlane) - a Griffin.
  • Yai Yai (voiced by John Goodman) - a mysterious creature.
  • The Bonga Manager (voiced by Jim Cummings) - TBD. His real name is revealed to be Miles McBongski.
  • The Axolotl (talking voice by Brock Baker, vocal effects also by Frank Welker) - an axolotl that looks like what axolotls would look like in real life. He makes appearances here and there and appears as either a stock footage of a real life axolotl or a CGI model looking like one, making him the only CGI character in the series. He can either make noises or talk in episodes he appears in.
  • Alexis Paintowksi (voiced by TBD) - a rich girl who has rich parents, but has a dark and sad past that caused her to hide her true feelings by pretending to be a jerk.
  • Slick (voiced by Brian Hull) - TBD. He is a parody of Flytrap.
  • Courtney Bassham (voiced by TBD) - a Face Paint girl who is assigned to be with Ashton on a project, later becoming one of Ashton's friends and having a crush on her.
  • Cecily Paintowski (voiced by Alanna Ubach) - a Face Paint who TBD. She was in first place for the poll chosen by fans, getting a more supporting role.
  • Bronywn Paintstar (voiced by TBD) - a cutesy, but kinda dumb Face Paint girl who TBD. She was chosen in second place, getting a major role in the fourth season
  • Phoebe Olsen (voiced by TBD) - a attention-seeking, but kind-hearted Face Paint who TBD. She got in last place, getting a supporting role in Season 5.
  • Jean Bailey (voiced by TBD) - a Face Paint girl who is the popular student, but cares about everyone, but the Minotaur Gang.
  • Alexia Paintson (voiced by TBD) - TBD.
    • Jelly (voiced by Ben Schwartz) - a baby Snapperclaw who is Alexia's pet.
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Guests

Guest characters appear mainly in few episodes (usually just one episode) and in most of the occasions, they are voiced by guest stars.

  • Starlight Sunlight (voiced by Beyoncé) - a Face Paint teen girl singer who is loved by many fans, and Ashton, Katie and Abigail are both her biggest fans. She appears in 6 episodes in the entire series.
  • The Dragon (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) - a dragon who resides in Ashton's imagination. He appeared in one episode so far.
  • Rhenodix Wanga (voiced by Chris Pratt) - TBD. He's one of the few guest stars that appeared in few episodes, appearing at least 13 episodes, with three of them having him as a major role.
  • Madame Bonga (voiced by Jennifer Hale) - a Bonga who is Cailin's pet.
  • Depp (voiced by Johnny Depp) - a Snapperclaw wearing a hat who TBD.
  • Rogens (voiced by Seth Rogen) - a Face Paint who is the mascot of TBD.
  • Nancy TBD (voiced by TBD) - a barefooted Face Paint girl.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bonga (voiced by TBD and TBD) - two elderly Bongas who are The Bonga Manager's parents.
  • Zedd the Face Paint DJ (voiced by Zedd) - TBD
  • GiraffeBob LongPants (voiced by Tom Kenny) - an annoying, but intelligent giraffe. He is a parody of SpongeBob SquarePants from the show with the same name.
  • Wilson Zebra (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke) - TBD
  • Lionward (voiced by Rodger Bumpass) - TBD
  • Benny Electron (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • Rivaz (vocal effects by TBD) - TBD
  • Dan the Human (voiced by TBD) - TBD. He is a parody of Finn the Human from Adventure Time.
  • Blake the Cat (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • Princess Blueberry (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • Pyro the Dragon (voiced by Tom Kenny) - TBD. He is a parody of Spyro from the franchise of the same name.
  • Rush Bandicoot (voiced by TBD) - TBD. He is a parody of Crash Bandicoot from the franchise of the same name.
  • Kekki Pig (voiced by TBD) - a pig who TBD. She is a parody of Peppa Pig from the show of the same name.
  • Reginald and Mary Famboo (voiced by TBD and TBD) - Famboos that are Principal Emmett Famboo's parents.
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  • Brother Bear (voiced by [replacing Michael]) - TBD.
  • Sister Bear (voiced by Tajja Isen) - TBD
  • Mama Bear (voiced by Camilla Scott) - TBD
  • Papa Bear (voiced by Benedict Campbell) - TBD
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Antagonists

  • The Hooded One/Tyler Brady (voiced by Brock Baker) - a sadistic and evil Face Paint who usually comes with with sinister plans, only to be usually backfired by The Paintders, their friends or other allies. He wears a black Grim-esque robe.
  • Jay Dover (voiced by Grant Gustin) - a Face Paint who Ashton has a crush on, not knowing he is secretly evil.
  • Scarfy (voiced by Paul Rugg) - a creature who is a parody of Kirby, who is a hero in his show, but a villain in real life.
  • Light Man (also voiced by Brock Baker) - a Face Paint "super hero" who seemed to be a good guy and appeared to be powerful, but is actually a cold-hearted fraud who only cares for fame.
  • TBD (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • The Minotaur Gang, consisting of:
    • Too-Tall Minos (voiced by Jason Griffith) - a tall Minotaur who serves as the leader of the pack. He, his attire and his attitude is based off Too-Tall Grizz from The Berestain Bears. Despite being a villain, he is not very good at lying, similar to the Tiny One.
    • The Snout (voiced by Phil LaMarr) - a minotaur who is the mid-sized one.
    • The Tiny One (voiced by Greg Baldwin) - a minotaur who is the smallest, but the smartest of the pack.
  • Obliterous (voiced by Mark Hamill) - a Minotaur who likes to eliminate the Paintders.
  • Carliee Paintmelia (voiced by Ashley Johnson) - TBD. One of the female Face Paints who wear pants in the entire series.
  • Blane and Biana (voiced by Cathy Cavadini and Elizabeth Daily, respectively) - twin Dogibats who likes to steal the Paintders' stuff.
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Guests

Guest villains appear mainly in few episodes (usally just one episode) and in most of the occasions, they are voiced by guest stars.

  • Jack (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) - a cruel Minotaur who is a janitor, secretly wanting to dethrone Principal Famboo and wants to allow bullying and make school 24/7 hours a day everyday.
  • Victoria "Cheatpaint" Fuller (voiced by Alison Brie) - a Face Paint who wants to win the competition by cheating. Later revealed to be mind-controlled by one of the team members, being discovered by Rhenodix, and thusly redeemed. [Might make her appear in the third season]
  • Paintiary (voiced by Jake Johnson) - an evil wannabe Face paint criminal.
  • The Gatekeeper (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) - a tough Famboo who holds a gate to unlimited power.
  • Delilah Paint-inda (also voiced by Anna Brisbin) - a Face Paint "singer" who is actually a good singer, but is a murderous fraud because she stole her boyfriend's songs shortly after she killed her boyfriend, who was about to be a singer as well, and caused her to be famous (which she keeps it a secret). She had returned in a Season 2 episode Delilah Returnz and got ended up killed in the same episode, being crushed to death. She wears a sleeveless purple/pink sparkly jumper.
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Outfits

Main article: The Tales of the Paintders/Outfits

Production

While this series premiered in 2018, this cartoon was in planning stages since 1999 and was to premiere on 2001 with What a Cartoon! Productions producing the series with an early title The Tales of Ashton Paintders, however, the series had faced a lot of delays.

(W.I.P)

Animation

The animation for the series were mostly outsourced to Mercury Filmworks with some additional animation being made by Toon Boom Animation.

Writing

Casting

Music

The score for the series is being composed by Michael Giacchino and Stewart Copeland.

Episodes

See List of The Tales of the Paintders episodes.

Crossover

See The Paintders and The Cryptids.

Ruegger confirmed that this show is confirmed to get a crossover with Croc and Mario, but is very unsure about a Looney Tunes crossover episode, as he states "very unlikely to happen", mainly due to the franchise's slapstick humor-driven content in contrast to the series' more teen sitcom-related and girly content (despite having occasional disgusting moments). Despite that, some references, allusions and cameos were included in a few episodes. Rumors also point that a possible crossover with The Powerpuff Girls is "on the list", being later confirmed that it is likely to happen, which would make it the second time TToTP had a crossover with a Cartoon Network show. Rumors started to speculate that this would also get a crossover with The Face Paint'nimal Gang.

Reception

Critical response

The Tales of the Paintders received universal critical acclaim, being praised for it's animation, writing, characters and its unique targeting for females.

Controversy

LGBT

International

Reruns would air on Cartoon Network and Boomerang three months later after their premiere on Netflix on August 27, 2018. They would later premiere on the WB Kids block and channel on September 1 and November 4, 2019, respectively.

In Canada, it airs on Teletoon and the Canadian version of WB Kids while being also on Netflix, being rated C8. In the United Kingdom, it airs on CITV, Cartoon Network and WB Kids, while in France, it airs on France 4, Cartoon Network and WB Kids. In Spain, it airs on Boing and WB Kids, while in Portugal, it airs on RTP2, Cartoon Network and WB Kids. In Latin America, it airs on Cartoon Network and WB Kids, airing also on Imagen in Mexico, on El Trece in Argentina, on Chilevisión in Chile and on SBT in Brazil. It aired in Japan on TV Tokyo and Cartoon Network Japan in July 2018 and in China on Cartoon Network China in August 2018.

Despite being an innocent kid-friendly cartoon, this cartoon was banned in Russia and Malaysia (both for an unknown reason at this time).

International titles

  • Spanish: Los Cuentos de las Paintders
  • Portuguese: Os Contos das Paintders
  • Japanese: アシュトン! (Ashton!)
  • French: Les Contes des Paintders
  • Italian: I Racconti di Paintders
  • Chinese: 阿什顿! (Ashton!)
  • Korean: 애쉬튼! (Ashton!)
  • Dutch: De Verhaal van de Paintders

Comic adaption

Main article: The Tales of the Paintders (comic series)

In July 2018, due to the success of its first season, Archtive Partners announced that they are adapting the series into a comic, set to be released in January 2019 with its first issue.

Movies

Direct to video film

Main article: The Tales of the Paintders: Canvas Gala Night (2020) [give this some more DtV films?]

Possible theatrical film

WB Animation expressed interest in doing a theatrical The Tales of the Paintders movie. The movie is planned to be 2D flash-animated similar to the series it is based on.

Contests

Vote for Background Character for Supporting Character

On October 5th, 2019, the same day where S3 premeired, Warner Bros. hosted a contest which three background characters would receive a more major role. Those characters being Bronywn Paintstar, Cecily Paintowski and Phoebe Olsen (both three characters did appear in the series each episode as background characters).

The poll was due the following week, and Cecily was chosen the winner, getting her supporting role in the third season. Bronywn ended up in second place, getting her role in fourth season while Phoebe got in last, getting her role in the fifth season.

Spin-off

Main article: The Tales of Rainee

WB Animation expressed interest in a spin-off focusing on Abigail Colena. However, WB Animation confirmed in 2019 that there would be a spin-off focusing on Rainee.

Video game

Main article: The Tales of the Paintders Videogame

A video game is announced, slated for its April 14th, 2020 release date.

LEGO Special

Main article: LEGO The Tales of the Paintders: The Paintders to The Rescue!

In November 2018, Warner Bros. announced that they will release a LEGO-themed TTOTP special.

Toys

Figures

Main article: The Tales of the Paintders/Toyline

Due to the success of the series, Hasbro released a line of figures based on the characters and alongside with accessories.

Lego theme

Main article: LEGO The Tales of the Paintders

Lego released a theme based off the animated cartoon. It is actually part of the Juniors lineup.

Kid's Meals

Merchandise

Main article: The Tales of the Paintders/Merchandise

Tropes

Main article: The Tales of the Paintders/Tropes

Gallery

Concept Art

Official Artwork

Trivia

  • Even though Shoney and Elisha does go on land in this show, real Axolotls has almost never emerged from the water.
    • And somehow, Shoney likes chocolate since he was a young Axolotl, despite the fact that in real life, chocolate is poisonous to animals, including Axolotls.
    • And real Axolotls don't have orange eyes unlike Shoney.
  • It is the first Warner Bros. Animation show for Netflix, soon to be followed by Green Eggs and Ham. The series would later have a WB Kids premiere 3 months later.
    • It was confirmed that the series would be moving to HBO Max for new episodes.
  • Delilah Paint-inda is based off Ernesto de la Cruz from the 2017 Disney-Pixar film Coco, because both of them were murderous frauds who stole their friends' songs and claimed it as their own and both only cared about their fame. However, one difference is that Ernesto lost his fame dramatically (while also comedically) while Delilah lost her fame comedically on a later episode.
    • As a result, fans started shipping Delilah Paint-inda with Ernesto de la Cruz, which made most of the fans of both of those media outraged. Both Disney and Warner Bros., upon finding out that shipping, strongly denied that shipping.
  • Despite being an innocent girly animated series, this show does contain mild adult humor, mild thematic material in some scenes in some episodes and mildly intense dark scenes.
  • The series is one of the most expensive Warner Bros. Animation series to date.
  • It is the fifth Ruegger-created Warner Bros. animated series (and the third one since Road Rovers and Histeria!) to not have Amblin Television's involvement.
    • Like Freakazoid!, Road Rovers and Histeria!, the series isn't part of the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies franchise.
  • The art style is based off Collin Brady's style.
  • Since the minotaurs, yetis and griffins appear, there were rumors that some other mythical creatures could appear in the series other than the Face Paints, Famboo and Wangoes.
  • It is the final Warner Bros. Animation project to premiere before the AT&T acquisition.
  • Currently, Anna Brisbin and Brock Baker are the only YouTubers in this series.
    • However, CookieSwirlC expressed interest in voicing a character in the series.
  • There are easter eggs in this series:
    • Ashton has a Blossom plushie.
    • In Where the Wildflowers Things Are, Too-Tall Minos introuduces himself the same way Bugs Bunny introduces everyone.
    • In Jurassic Paintworld, Shoney is seen wearing a Collin the Speedy Boy-themed watch.
    • In [one of the last few TTOTP Season 1 episodes], [The Cryptids reference (as a teaser for a crossover)]
    • A Face Paint version of Aurelie Olsen appears in almost every episode of the series.
    • [Face Paint'nimal Gang reference]
  • This was supposed to be a Cartoon Cartoons series, having premeired in 2001. After facing a lot of delays, the series was finally opened on May 2018 as a Netflix Original Series with Warner Bros. producing the series instead.
  • Because it was planned in 1999 and was to air on 2001, but faced a lot of delays and ended up airing on Netflix on May 2018, this was the longest gap of a Warner Bros. Animation series waiting to premeire.
  • The fact that Starlight Sunlight loves her fans is a reference to CookieSwirlC loving her fans.
  • The series shares the same animation as The Lion Guard and Jake and The Neverland Pirates.
  • Ashton, Hannah, Abigail (Colena and Doll), Courtney and Rainee are considered of the prettiest characters of the series. 
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