Vico Ortiz Joins Voice Cast of New Animation Series “Atlantis Rocks”

Vico Ortiz has a rockin’ new project…

The 32-year-old Puerto Rican actor, drag king and activist has joined the voice cast of the animation series Atlantis Rocks, created by actor, producer and star Coty Galloway, who voiced Avocato on Warner Bros. animation series Final Space.

Vico OrtizOrtiz, who has starred in Transparent and Our Flag Means Death, joins a voice cast roster that includes Phill LaMarr, Tara Strong, Olan Rogers, Dan Brumm, Sophia Thomas, Valory Pierce, Bailey Galloway and Da’Jonte Phillips.

Atlantis Rocks is a comedy-satire set in the fictional town of Los Sandeles, where after a series of disasters, sanitation worker, Fleming (Galloway) decides to confront the dump that is his life and sanitize the crap out of it. LaMarr plays Earl, a rambling yet lovable catfish, whose true meaning of his wise words eventually comes to light. Strong plays a smart, independent, and not-your-typical girl next door, with witty humor that shines through as Cora, an evolved dolphin aka Dolphinian, and Ortiz is Ben, an overly analytical and nervous albacore tuna fish.

Galloway raised funds for the pilot presentation of Atlantis Rocks through a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, and an infusion of private financing.

With the skills of Swedish cartoonist/animator Daniel Arruda Massa, and original score helmed by composer Davis Harwell, Atlantis Rocks production is currently underway. Post-production will be designed and mixed by Folklore Sound, the post-production team behind the Disney animated hit, Bluey.

“We are elated to have such a stellar, diverse, and inclusive cast on board for Atlantis Rocks, said an excited Galloway. “Each actor brings a unique energy and authenticity to their respective characters, enhancing the overall storytelling experience. Fans of animation and good storytelling are going to fall in love with these relatable characters. We’re navigating the currents to get Atlantis Rocks to series.”

Roberto Orci Bringing Galaga Arcade Game to Television

Roberto Orci is helping bring the popular arcade game Galaga to the small scree…

The 45-year-old Mexican film and television screenwriter and producerand Emmy-winning animation studio ShadowMachine have joined the effort by digital studio The Nuttery Entertainment to bring to life the animated sci-fi saga Galaga Chronicles, a story based on Bandai Namco’s classic arcade game.

Roberto Orci 

The Nuttery announced the project at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The animated re-imagining of the iconic game is planned for a 12-episode inaugural season. The series is being shopped for distribution but anticipates a late 2019/early 2020 premiere.

Long before the days of Call of Duty and Mario Kart, Galaga, was the arcade video game to play. In the retro video game similar to Space Invadersthe player controlled a starfighter and the objective was to destroy insect-like alien creatures to rack up as many points as possible.

Orci will work with The Nuttery to shape the vast and sprawling Galaga Chronicles universe and also will serve as an executive producer. Known for the films Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Star Trek and creator of the television shows Sleepy Hollow and ScorpionOrci also will serve as an executive producer.

“Galaga is one of the games I played growing up,” Orci said. “I have fond memories of the quarters and hours upon hours I spent playing the game. I look forward to working with The Nuttery and to capture that magic in an exciting new format.”

ShadowMachine, producer of television shows BoJack Horseman, Robot Chicken and Final Spacewill be the animation production company. “This is by far one of the best video game adaptations I’ve ever read or been a part of. It is an absolute playground for animation.” ShadowMachine founder and CEO Alexander Bulkley said.

“We couldn’t be more stoked to have this level of creativity and craftsmanship on board our space adventure,” said Magnus Jansson, CEO of The Nuttery. “Roberto’s incredible sense of story and science fiction mastery and ShadowMachine’s excellent animation and design chops have already elevated the project to the next level. I think we are sitting on an amazing origin story for Galaga that will not disappoint.”