If you’ve been hanging out for a Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy collab for years now, it turns out that we almost received exactly that a decade ago, by way of an animated television series.
For years now, we’ve known that members of Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy have their eyes on things other than music. Why, Pete Wentz is a published author, and former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge recently released an animated cartoon based on a kid’s book he wrote.
However, it seems that DeLonge’s former bandmate almost beat him in the race to the world of cartoons a decade ago.
While talking about his new band with All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth, Hoppus also revealed that he once teamed up with Pete Wentz to make an animated television series.
Apparently, Bronze Blue was pitched to the likes of the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon back in the day, and would have featured voice talents from famous names like Ashlee Simpson and Pharrell Williams.
According to Hoppus, the story centred around a rock band comprised of sea creatures, while a sushi chef served as their main enemy.
Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz would have served as lead voice actors (“Tako, a guitar-playing octopus” and “Shrimpy, the punk rock striped big-mouth bass bassist”, respectively), though the project was sadly shelved before it got off the ground.
“It will never see the light of day but [we] worked on an idea for a children’s animated show that we pitched to Disney, we pitched to a bunch of different studios,” Hoppus explained.
“The whole show is about the environment and saving the ocean, and they go around and play songs and try to raise awareness about cleaning up our water.”
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While Mark Hoppus noted that the program had a “great idea, great concept, great songs”, their pitch was apparently unlucky because “another fish show” had been pitched right before theirs.
Jensen Karp also managed to dig up a couple of tracks from the project, giving Variety access to the theme song (which can be heard below), and a rap song titled ‘Sushi Chef’.
While a dream team of Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz already sounds amazing, we can only wonder what would have been if Bronze Blue had been picked up all those years ago.