It wasn’t low rankings or the price of animation that led to the primary (and till now solely) season of MTV cult favourite Clone High not persevering with, means means again within the 2000s. In line with Season 2 govt producer Erica Rivinoja, the rationale was easy: “Our illustration of [Mahatma] Gandhi was very upsetting to individuals. We screwed up with that, and it was the rationale it was canceled. So we didn’t need that to occur once more.”
The primary season, which launched a highschool stuffed with clones produced from the DNA of historical past’s most well-known figures, closely featured a party-loving Gandhi clone (voiced by Michael McDonald). This portrayal led to protests together with a hunger strike featuring 150 Indian politicians and Gandhi’s grandson on the MTV India places of work… and eventual cancelation.
But, as a employees author on the unique collection, Rivinoja says that she seen about 5 years in the past that there was a rising momentum across the cult appreciation for Clone Excessive. “It received actually in style on TikTok, and it turned form of a factor once more, which was actually bizarre as a result of for the longest time it was simply kind of, ‘Wait, what was that Clone Excessive factor in your resume?’” she laughs. “I’d meet people who have been like, ‘You labored on Clone Excessive? Oh my gosh.’”
Rivinoja was intimately conscious of the problems that led to the present’s abrupt finish. So when authentic collection creators Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Invoice Lawrence requested her to function showrunner on the present’s revival on Max, she says that she and the opposite writers knew “immediately” that they’d should sort out not simply the difficulty of Gandhi, however different points that wouldn’t be thought-about kosher in 2023. “It was simply, ‘We have now to do higher this time round. We have now to,’” she says.
So, past a number of nods on the character’s absence, Gandhi shouldn’t be a featured participant within the new season, and the present’s strategy to casting has additionally modified, with new clones like Frida Kahlo, Confucius, and Harriet Tubman becoming a member of the solid, performed by voice actors Vicci Martinez, Kelvin Yu, and Ayo Edebiri. (And OG character Cleopatra is now voiced by Iranian-American comic Mitra Jouhari.)
These decisions, Rivinoja says, didn’t occur as a result of “we’re simply making an attempt to be woke and superb. We simply actually wished to ensure there was higher illustration — not only for the sake of doing it; for us, it genuinely felt essential and enjoyable and comedy-driven to do this. You realize, seeing Harriet Tubman in highschool, or how [new clone] Christopher Columbus can be perceived now… It simply appeared like these have been all actually, actually humorous concepts, in order that was what we wished to evolve the story with.”