When you found out you would be shepherding the season three, what were the characters and relationships you were most interested in giving a little more screen time and development?
Weinreich: I know that we were really excited to bring in Captain Flynn, who we know is hugely popular in the games and so he’s going to be making an appearance this season. Patrick Warburton did the voice in the games, and we were so excited to have him come do the voice for the show. His character is hilarious. Because we have Kaos as a pirate captain for a lot of seasons, what we need to go after is a captain of our own. It seemed like this great character to bring into the show, and along with him we wanted to bring back Crash Bandicoot, who shows up in season one for an episode. We found a really interesting way that, without giving away any spoilers, we found a really sort of cool sci-fi way of bringing him back, where it feels different, but we know that fans love that character. So bringing Captain Flynn in, bringing Crash Bandicoot back, we really wanted to have fun with … Clayton, is there anyone else?
You guys mentioned that Crash would be coming back in an interesting way. I believe that Eric Rogers voiced the character before. I’m wondering, is he possibly coming back, or do you have kind of a way around that?
Weinreich: Because Eric was unavailable to work on season three, he wasn’t able to do the voice, but we were able to get Rhys Darby, from Flight of the Conchords, so we have him coming in to do Crash, and he does an awesome job.
Sakoda: It’s a flawless transition, let’s just say that.
Weinreich: Yeah. He’s hilarious. We were so happy to have him come in. I think fans will not be disappointed in the direction that Crash appears in.
(Warning: Potential Spoilers inside interview)
Skylanders Academy S3 will debut on Netfix in September 28. Please note that Eric Rogers was not able to reprise his role as a showrunner or voice actor for Crash Bandicoot due to stepping down. Clayton Sakoda and Ian Weinreich showrunners duo are now leading the production instead.