Unicorn: Eternal Warrior, new sci-fi fantasy adventure series from Bushido creator Genndy Tartakovsky, packed with an eccentric cast of memorable characters. But none of them left as strong an impression as Copernicus, the top hat steampunk robot responsible for reawakening the Unicorn Warriors in time to fight evil. While Copernicus was only capable of speaking with a series of beeps, babbles, and all sorts of whistles — scaring the series’ protagonist Emma — it turns out everything he says makes perfect sense. … as long as you listen carefully.
“It’s just something that Genndy and I do a lot,” Unicorn: Eternal Warrior lead screenwriter Darrick Bachman, who previously collaborated with Tartakovsky on Primordial and the last season of Bushido, told Polygon via Zoom. “We wanted to take dialogue out of everything, our whole career was just pulling out as much dialogue as possible and acting everything like pantomime. It relies solely on old Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin style humor and physicality to convey what you’re trying to say.
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When asked how it feels to write a “dialogue” for a character technique Without speaking, Bachman gave a compelling answer: Everything Copernicus was saying could be translated into actual words and sentences. “All the beeps and beeps are real words in the script,” says Bachman. “So I’m going to actually write these words, he might say ‘We’ve got to go through here’ but that’s [various bleeps, bloops, and whistles] on the screen. It’s all about writing the other characters’ dialogue in a way that allows the audience to understand what Copernicus is saying.”
Bachman went so far as to compare Copernicus with R2-D2, famous droids from Star Wars franchise. From what we’ve seen of him in the series so far, Copernicus is as charming and capable as that iconic cyborg from a galaxy far, far away. He can transform into a vehicle, stretch out his arms to deliver powerful rubber hose-like punches, fly around with a rear-mounted thruster, and hoist up in the clouds like a miracle. magic of technology. He’s one of the most exciting new characters to come to television this year, and it’s all thanks to Genndy Tartakovsky, Darrick Bachman and character designer Stephen DeStefano for bringing him to life on screen. .
Unicorn: Eternal Warrior airs Thursday nights on Adult Swim and streams on HBO Max.