As in the films, the series hero is always safe from the power of Mogwai. Galligan likens it to his view of the franchise—“I’m not going to argue against kids watching the movie at all. I think they’re really good”—and compared them to the new show. “I think they sent me the first four or five complete scripts so I could look at a little supporting part, but also to get a feel for the tone and what they wanted. You can do those cartoon or animated series are all different in different ways. You can do it just for kids, or you can do it in a sophisticated way like the Bugs Bunny cartoons, where they are equally good for entertaining adults. There are certain things that I think adults would be happy with that might go over kids’ heads.
Wang is a teenager, but he was still young when he joined the Gremlins consecutively. “At the time I was only 11 years old, and I wasn’t really educated on most of the old movies back then. I’m looking Gremlins and saw the huge fan base. So I was like, ‘Okay, well, I’ll definitely try it.’ When I finished the booking [the role of Sam], it was a great moment for me.” From the beginning, he was open to some pretty scary antics. “Reading the script, I’m not going to lie—seeing that preproduction thing, it wasn’t scary. And then when I saw the actual scary thing, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s not what I expected!’ It definitely scared me a little. It looks funny.”