The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, a new animated series from cartoonist and former Real World: San Francisco housemate Judd Winick, premieres on Cartoon Network Monday, May 30, at 7 p.m. The show will air regularly on Monday evenings.
The series centers on an 11-year-old Asian-American girl who enjoys all the things normal schoolgirls do when she not beating the hell out of monsters. Voiced by Lara Jill Miller, Juniper is "The Protector," one who is called to keep the balance between the real world and the magical world of demons.
Cartoon Networks Burbank studio is busy at work on 26 episodes of Juniper, with the bulk of the service work being handled by Rough Draft Studios in Korea. San Francisco-based Winick collaborates on character designs with fellow comic artist Mike Kunkel, creator of Herobear and the Kid, The Land of Sokmunster and the upcoming Grommitts. As an animator, Kunkel has worked on Cats Dont Dance, Hercules and Tarzan. Background art for Juniper is overseen by Alan Bodner, whose credits include The Iron Giant, Mickeys Twice Upon a Christmas and Carrotblanca.
Winick, whose comic-book aspirations were prominently featured in the 1994 season of the MTV reality show, is also the creator of the comics Nuts and Bolts, Frumpy the Clown and The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius.
Learn more about the production of The Life and Times of Juniper Lee from Winick and other top crew members in the June issue of Animation Magazine.