The worm that appeared in many platform games in the 1990s will soon return in a new television series. Earthworm Jim is trapped in space in his second animated TV show, and must make it to Earth with a host of other anthropomorphic animals.
The series, titled Beyond the Groovy, is the first production from the newly founded television and film division of game studio Interplay, which has acquired the rights to the franchise. On the site of the series features a teaser trailer in which Earthworm Jim is interviewed. In it, the worm tells that in the TV series he is looking for the best earth of all the galaxies. And if it turns out that the tastiest earth can be found on Earth, he wants to reach that planet. It is not yet known when the series will be available, and via which network or streaming service.
From creative director of the series is the still relatively unknown K-Michel Parandi. He works with film production house Passion Pictures, which has made the Zima Blue and ICE episodes of the Netflix series Love, Death & Robots, among others. Against Polygon Interplay says the original creator of the character, Doug TenNapel, has nothing to do with the new TV series. He came a few years ago to be under fire due to alleged “transphobic comments.”
This is not the first TV series about Earthworm Jim. An animated series about the worm was already made in the 1990s. In the Netherlands, the series was then called Superworm Jim aired on Kindernet and lasted two seasons.
Earlier, a new game starring Earthworm Jim was also announced, called Earthworm Jim 4. This hand-drawn platformer is to be released exclusively for the Intellivision Amico when that console comes out.