I didn’t. I had to look up what that acronym stood for. Glowing things in or on people’s hands are a very old sci-fi and fantasy concept. I would say it was more inspired by Logan’s Run than anything else.
Thanks! Before I was born, my mom and dad used to watch Doctor Who together. Eventually, their schedules made it so they couldn’t do that, so my dad recorded all the episodes of Doctor Who that they couldn’t watch when they aired. I found all these tapes when I was like 4 and the handwriting on the labels of “Dr. Who” was, I’m pretty sure, one of the earliest things I learned to read. Tom Baker was my first Doctor. I used to watch the show all the time. My neighborhood friends thought I was crazy. I remember hammering a bottle cap into a piece of wood and saying I’d invented something and I was the doctor and my friends would say “What do you mean?” and I’d say “No! You’re supposed to say ‘Doctor who?’ and then I say ‘yes!’”
They didn’t get it.
I wanted to get that feeling of adventure and mystery that I felt then (though I didn’t come up with this idea until 2010). Also, I got super SUPER into Myst as a kid and other point and click adventure games. I remember one of the earliest kind of mysterious games I played when I was 5 was called Countdown. It’s a DOS game about a guy in a prison and you’re trying escape, so you search your cell and you solve various puzzles. However, if you get caught, you get a lobotomy, which my parents then had to explain the concept of to me.
So Infinity Train is just all of that stuff.
Something I just wanna point out quick: I’ve noticed a lot of people seem to assume that I was heavily affected by anime as a kid, and I was, but only in that I HATED anime. All the anime stuff I’ve done in Regular Show was based on research (given to me by @tobyjones). My sister liked anime when we were kids, and we would argue about it constantly. When we got home from school, she would want to watch Dragon Ball Z and I would want to watch Twilight Zone or Sliders. I didn’t learn to even start considering anime as a valid idea until mid-late college. I’m fine now, but it’s not where my biggest, deepest influences come from.
Thanks! And wow yeah, that face stealer is cool looking. I’ve seen people mention the face stealer and also people saying it’s inspired from no face from Spirited Away.
The Steward is actually based on a song. I thought of the steward while I was driving through Yosemite a few years ago. I had just bought OK Cowboy by Vitalic and I was blasting it while driving through the mountains. The steward was the face/robot I thought of when the song My Friend Dario popped up. I imagined her rising from the ground, nodding her head to the beat, and then when the guitar comes in, that’s when she starts shooting like crazy. I wasn’t sure what she was shooting at, just that she was shooting stuff. I thought it could be cool (in my very early ideas of what infinity train might be) if she was terrorizing some small band of villagers and someone had to go confront it. This song inspiration is also why she has a sound effect that’s like a chugging, but constant electronic beat.
I would say, design wise, she’s most influenced by the couple’s mask from Majora’s Mask mixed with @hypnothalamus‘s work. I had just discovered Lucian Stanculescu and fallen in love with his art, so it was permeating my mind at the time. When I finally thought of the corgi scenario, I realized she was the perfect monster for it. She looks so different than anything we’d seen in the world so far, that the contrast would make her feel shocking and a little scary.
Here are the two original Steward drawings I drew in a tent cabin in June 2013. She wasn’t even named Steward at this point:
As always, thanks for watching the pilot and for your continued support of Infinity Train! We’re inching ever closer to a million views!
The show has quickly grown a fanbase, and many say the show has a lot of potential. People like the mystery of the universe the show is set in, and are asking Cartoon Network to make it into a full series.
People often criticize Cartoon Network for airing dumbed-down shows such as “Teen Titans Go!”, a spinoff of the show “Teen Titans”, and often feel that shows that are more plot diverse, or mature, such as Steven Universe and Adventure Time, are a better fit for the general culture of cartoons, and feel that “Infinity Train” could become a very popular cartoon. If Infinity Train became a series, many say it would have the potential to be one of the best cartoons ever aired on Cartoon Network, and I personally could not agree more.
Many hope this cartoon will change how people see cartoons, and not think of them as shows “for kids”.
Completely unsubstantiated theory about the numbers on Tulip’s hand.
The Infinity Train is a competition, and the number on Tulip’s hand is her rank.
There’re dozens (possibly hundreds) of other lost souls from all over the world trapped on the Infinity Train alongside Tulip. Unbeknownst to them, they’re all in competition with one another, and the number on their hand is their rank. The better you do, the higher your rank is.
After Tulip completed her first big mission and helped save Corginia from the Steward, she got ahead in the game, and her rank rose from 53rd to 49th.
When I first saw the Steward (the character on the right most) it reminded me of Kaonashi(No face) so I made a crossover between Infinity Train by @oweeeeendennis and Spirit Away by Hayao Miyazaki ⭐⭐⭐ Of course the background is referenced from Spirited Away ~~ I hope they make this into a full CN show! Also I recommend you guys to watch the minisode in YouTube :33
Tulip, the monster that terrorizes my people lives across the river. Alas, I cannot reach it, for the water is two feet deep and I would surely drown. I want to enlist your help in hunting down the creature and saving my people.