Cartoon Network has released a number of pilot episodes in the past, and most of them have gotten praise from the fans in hopes of them becoming full-time shows. AJ’s Infinite Summer is definitely a story of a spontaneous Summer that we want to be continued.
Released on May 16, 2014, on Cartoon Network’s website, AJ’s Infinite Summer was created by Toby Jones, who’s a former writer and storyboard artist for The Regular Show. The pilot is loosely based on Jones’ 2006 film AJ Goes to France. AJ and his friends reside in the city of Downer, which is inspired by Jones’ hometown of Fargo, North Dakota. In fact, after the pilot was released, residents of Fargo noticed some humorous similarities in their hometown and Downer. It’s touching to know when a creator finds inspiration from their own lives and what they’re used to. It makes the story much more human and realistic, and there’s most likely a lot of viewers that can relate to Jones’ serene hometown.
School is out and AJ, Danny, and Morgan are planning to have the best Summer vacation ever. An upbeat AJ decides that he wants to spend the Summer spontaneously, by getting a job. His friends are confused, as it doesn’t sound like fun for a teenager to get a job in the Summer. Eventually, they go along with it and helps AJ on his job hunt. AJ decides to go for a job in the tallest building in their city, but he must get prepared first. He heads to his dad, who he refers to as “the most employed guy I know”. AJ’s dad gives him an old suit, which is way oversized. When they’re on their way to the job, Danny and Morgan try to talk AJ out of it in fear that it might ruin their Summer, but AJ insists that they should all follow the spirit of spontaneity together. When they arrive at the building and AJ hands the employer his unprofessional resume, he is instantly hired and introduced to a room full of employees who are all wearing oversized suits. AJ announces Morgan as his secretary and Danny as his towel boy, suggesting that just go along with it. AJ is constantly promoted to higher roles in the company and he experiences a power drive. Danny and Morgan confront him about how he’s ruining Summer, but AJ’s ego is much too large for him to listen and he fires them. AJ soon regrets it when he learns the dark side of running the company and goes to apologize to his friends. Danny and Morgan forgive him and the three head out into the sunset to spend the rest of the Summer together.
AJ’s Infinite Summer is a breath of fresh air and nothing like most of the shows on Cartoon Network today. The majority of the network’s series is often based on action, but this series would bring simplicity and balance out the network. AJ’s Infinite Summer is often compared to Disney’s Phineas and Ferb due to both of the shows connecting with the adventures of Summer themes. Hopefully, Cartoon Network will open their eyes and see the potential that this pilot episode has. And no, it wouldn’t be impossible for a pilot episode from 2014 to be resurrected 4 years later, on account of AJ’s Infinite Summer’s main character was based on a film that came 8 years before it did. Will we be seeing AJ, Danny, and Morgan again in the future? That would be pretty noice.