So we've had 35+ years (yup…let that sink in for a moment) to remember three pretty basic rules to raising a proper Gremlins mogwai: treat them like vampires; avoid beaches, baths, and sprinklers; and put them on a diet like they're going in for a procedure the next morning. No muss, no fuss. Pretty straight-forward, right?
But where exactly did those rules comes from?
That's just one of the questions we hope get answered in HBO Max's upcoming animated prequel series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai. While the series won't be available when WarnerMedia's streaming service goes live in a few months, co-executive producer Brendan Hay (Harvey Girls Forever) has confirmed to Collider that the series will be seeing the light of day in 2021.
Now the "fun" part – are we talking "Happy New Year!" 2021 or "Merry Christmas!" 2021? Hmmm…
— Brendan Hay (@B_Hay) July 22, 2019
In the animated television adaptation, we travel back to 1920s Shanghai to reveal the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will be produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. The series will be written by Tze Chun and executive produced by Darryl Frank (The Americans, Animaniacs, Amazing Stories), Justin Falvey (The Americans, Animaniacs, Amazing Stories) and Sam Register (Teen Titans Go! and the upcoming series Animaniacs) with Chun and Brendan Hay (Dawn of the Croods, Robot Chicken, Harvey Girls Forever) serving as co-EP. Dan Krall (Coraline, Scooby-Doo!) will serve as supervising producer.