Shadowlands (Animated Series)

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Shadowlands wallpaper depicting various characters, including Duke Mushroom, King Lick and King Slug.

Shadowlands is an animated cartoon series created by Ilsoap with Macromedia Flash (known as Adobe Flash today). It stars characters based on the various creatures seen in Goodbye Galaxy and is, as its name implies, set in the Shadowlands. It revolves around the war between the Licks and the Slugs.

History

Shadowlands evolved from a fan fiction written by Ilsoap for the site Lickology, which went online by early 2000 and was part of Quest King's Quest Ring. According to the story, the Shikadi dropped a lot of Poison Slugs off on Gnosticus IV, and soon a war broke out between the Licks and the Slugs. The former were allied with other bouncing creatures, while the crawling species of the planet joined the Slugs. After Ilsoap got into Flash animation, he decided to use the basic plot of his earlier fanfic for a series of cartoons.[1] In June 2001, he revealed that he has developed a storyline to a Keen-related cartoon.[2]

The first and second episode of Shadowlands were released by Ilsoap on Keen Day 2002 and 2003 respectively. Originally, he intended the series to consist of nine episodes in total. An unofficial third episode was made by Too Much Spare Time and released in August 2003. On Keen Day 2005, Ilsoap posted the whole script of the third episode, since he would most likely not finish it. Synopses of the other six episodes were revealed by Ilsoap in an e-mail in June 2019.

Episodes

Only episodes 1 and 2 and the unofficial episode were released. The titles of episodes 5-9 were never revealed and are only insinuated by question marks at the Shadowlands site.

  • Episode 1: Leggo My Yego
  • Episode 2: The War Is Afoot
  • Episode 3: Swim, Swim, Angry
  • Episode 4: Fire Fighters
  • Episode 5: ????????????
  • Episode 6: ????????
  • Episode 7: ?????? ?? ??? ??????
  • Episode 8: ????? ????????
  • Episode 9: ????????
  • Unofficial Episode 3: King Lick, Crazy

References

  1. Commander Keen Newsletter issue 8 - [1.1] Interview with Ilsoap (the story is available here)
  2. PCKF - Keen Cartoons

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