High school, for any kid, is tough enough. But if you're half-human, half-Kaiju (a "monster" in the Godzilla genre), it's a mess. Cartoon Network's first original CGI movie, Firebreather, follows 16-year-old Duncan Rosenblatt (voiced by Jesse Head) as he deals with his unique appearance (scaly skin, pointy teeth, etc.), superhuman abilities, typical girl troubles and an estranged father the size of a skyscraper who now wants a relationship with his son.
And while the movie — based on the Image Comics series of the same name — is packed with thrilling and complicated action sequences, it was the character of Belloc, a 120-foot giant who somehow sired a son with Duncan's mother, Margaret (voiced by Dana Delany), which created the project's greatest challenge. "Belloc had to be appealing and charming enough as a character [that viewers] would believe that there could have been that relationship between him and Duncan's mother that could result in Duncan," says director Peter Chung. (Providing the character's voice is Kevin Michael Richardson, a versatile animation actor best known as Cleveland Jr. on The Cleveland Show.) "Their relationship is such a crucial part of what's driving Duncan and his inner conflict." And you thought your parents were embarrassing.
Firebreather airs Wednesday, 7/6c, on Cartoon Network.