The time there was almost a blink-182/Fall Out Boy kids cartoon

Some interesting news out of a radio interview with blink-182’s Mark Hoppus. About ten years ago, he and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy got together with Pharrell Williams to created a music-based cartoon for kids.

The show was called Bronze Blue and was envisioned to star Mark, Pete, Ashlee Simpson and a few others. They’d voice characters in an undersea pop/punk band which sang eco-conscious songs as they toured the oceans of the world.

Mark’s character a guitar-playing octopus named Tako while Pete would be Shrimpy, a large-mouth bass who played, er, bass. Other members of the band included J. Dory (a seahorse), Coral (background female vocals), AI-G (a keyboard-playing seal) and drummer Barrel Bob, a starfish.

Great, right? But they had a nemesis: the evil Sushi Chef.

The concept was pitched to a number of companies including Disney and Nickelodeon but never acquired much traction because, well, they weren’t all that blown away by a series featuring singing fish.

There’s not much left of the original concept beyond the official Bronze Blue theme song.

Variety has a lot more (including more images and a couple of other songs) here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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