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Infinity Train Theory

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.

One of my favorite Regular Show episodes I’ve worked on airs tomorrow! 

Please enjoy Rigby Goes to Prom! Or maybe it’s Rigby Goes to THE Prom. Not really sure. 

Owen and I were very happy to be given this outline to work on. We tried to make it special. 

Only a few more of my RS episodes are left. I hope you find them satisfactory!! Wanted to end on a good note with this one and the season finale in particular.

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https://www.change.org/p/cartoon-network-make-infinity-train-a-full-show

“Infinity Train” is a proposed show created by Owen Dennis, a writer and storyboarder for the show “Regular Show”. The pilot focuses on a girl named Tulip and a robot called One-One. The pilot is currently uploaded to Cartoon Network’s YouTube channel.

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”.

Reasons why CN should greenlight Infinity Train:

-It´s awesome

-It has an undergoing mystery

-It has a female lead, making it suitable for the female demographic

-It’s easy for kids to relate to glad-one and sad-one

-It’s super easy making merchandise of one-one, like, you should be mass producing it right now.

-It’s awesome

-Kids already loved the gravity falls mystery, so why wouldn´t this work

-You have infinite train cart possibilities.

-It’s awesome, do it already

Answers to some Infinity Train Questions

@sleeplessleo

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.

@impeterperez

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.

@cadmus-fire3

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY6kfVWv01k

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Here’s the final Bill & Jeannie short: MOVIE CREDITS. Thanks to Owen Dennis for his great monster voice. Thanks to all of y'all for watching! Go back and watch all four here over and over until your death!

Craig the Room Designer

[This is a short story about a fan character I made for the brilliant Infinity Train pilot on Cartoon Network]

Craig the Room Designer always dreamt big, he had big aspirations to design something beautiful, something meaningful that would resonate with people. The flag of a new nation, the logo of a well known company, a building in the New York skyline. He ended up as a freelancer for two years, doing commissions for underpaying costumers who were always unreasonable specific or impossibly vague. That was his life, until the fateful day he got on the wrong train on his way home from work.

His current job wasn’t all that different. But instead of designing business cards and logos for small local chains, he was designing puzzle rooms on a train to be solved by teenagers.

Craig didn’t really have a boss. The train was his boss. He was just as stuck on that train as the poor souls going through his rooms, solving the puzzles he designed and interacting with the environments he crafted. Whenever he entered a new car, it would be empty, and immediately a glowing green text would appear on his hand, and it wouldn’t go away until it was time to move on to the next car.

It was usually a single word. “Bubbles” it said. So he’d conjure a bubble. Conjuring things out of thin air with his mind was fun, he had to admit, but it got old whenever he had to conjure 350 of the same thing, He really wished for some hotkeys and shortcuts. He also got to design the dimensions and walls of the car. It was challenging, finding the right configuration to make the puzzle work. Almost harder than making the puzzle itself, which was pretty easy. The poor kids solving these puzzles aren’t Einsteins after all.

But hardest of all was pleasing the train. The train didn’t talk, nor did it communicate with him. It was just there. At first, he believed there was somebody conducting the train, somebody sending him those prompts, but the longer he worked, the more he felt like he was alone. Just him and the train. The door wouldn’t open until he was done. And only the train decided when he was done.

It could be mind-numbingly frustrating, working hard on something, thinking it’s brilliant, only to have the door keep shut, and his hand keep glowing. He’d sometimes spend long hours in the corner that he designed to be as comfortable as possible, to sit and play doodle games with itself, refusing to let the train win. But he always realized the train’s genius, the little detail it was waiting for him to figure out. The one more change that makes a room perfect, and lets him move on to the next car.

It’s been months, he desperately needed a rest, he spent too much time on the last car. It was driving him crazy. The train was very demanding this time around. Heaving and panting, he dragged his tired body across the walkway into the next room. It was smaller than usual, he realized. He looked at this hand as once again it started to glow.

“Farts” it said. Craig sighed in frustration, but his groans quickly grew into a laughter. Time to get to work.

Maybe the next car would be something more delightful. Like corgis.

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Another cartoon pilot we made in the Shorts Program at Cartoon Network - Infinity Train-  created by Owen Dennis

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This is awesome! 

Cartoon Network’s newest minisode ‘Infinity Train’. 

Definitely worth the watch!