Topic: Infinity Train
This ran as a special 5 day event on Cartoon Network last week:
Season 1: The season follows 13-year-old Tulip and her two-in-one robot companion One-One in their journey through a seemingly infinite train with limitless possibilities traveling through a completely barren wasteland. They are joined by Atticus, an intelligent, talking Corgi and king of a Corgi kingdom in one of the train's cars, as they search for a way to Tulip's home.
But of note is a Q&A where creator Owen Dennis mentions his influences and inspirations:
Doctor Who, Agatha Christie, Myst, Neverending Story, The Matrix, Phillip K Dick, Star Trek Voyager, Sliders, and a lot of books that my parents used to read to me like Nightbirds on Nantucket, Wolves of Willoughby Chase, etc.
All of those heavyweights, and Sliders still got a mention among them.
I have to say, though...Dennis left out what seemed to be his largest inspiration for Infinity Train - the 1986 film Labyrinth. Beyond story, it just has the “feel” of that movie. I wonder if he even realizes just how much that influenced him here.
All of that said, Infinity Train honestly wasn’t that great or something I would recommend; but worth a mention just for the Sliders interest.