Original ‘Gremlins’ Star Zach Galligan Will Return For Animated Series
Besides lovable little Gizmo, the key character who appeared in both of the original Gremlins movies was Billy, who was given Gizmo as a Christmas present in the first movie and then reunited with him in New York City in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. So it’s only fitting — if a little surprising — that Zach Galligan, who played Billy in both movies, will return as a recurring guest star in the upcoming Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai animated series on HBO Max.
The announcement was made at the show’s Comic-Con panel, where the series revealed several other guest stars: Sandra Oh, Randall Park, George Takei, Bowen Yang. The series’ main voice cast already includes Ming-Na Wen, James Hong, BD Wong, and Izaac Wang.
Here is the animated Gremlins show’s official synopsis:
In Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, 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 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.
If the show takes place in the 1920s it’s not entirely clear how Zach Galligan’s Billy will be involved; presumably those sequences will be bookended somehow by scenes set in the present day?
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will premiere on HBO Max in 2023. The show will also run on Cartoon Network.