“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” reimagines the classic fantasy tale through the most beautifully-made stop-motion animation in years, a powerful and life-affirming father-and-son story about acceptance and love in the face of pain, misery, and fascism, and the filmmaker’s love of monsters in what is easily his best film in a decade.
The film is set in 1930s Italy, as fascism is sweeping the nation. We see how dangerous ideologies spread quickly and quietly at first, and what starts with just the town’s blacksmith being a bit too obsessed with uniformity and order gives way to hordes of fanatics screaming for Il Duce, kids being sent to boot camps, and everyone who is different being excluded – or worse.
Drezen created the series and serves as executive producer. Monica Padrick also executive produces along with Bandera Entertainment’s Mike Judge, Greg Daniels and Dustin Davis as well as ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico. The series is produced by 20th Television Animation, with animation by ShadowMachine.
“I can’t believe I get to make this show with so many funny and smart people,” Drezen said. “Getting to work with Monica, Bandera, Freeform, ShadowMachine, 20th Television Animation and this amazing cast has been a blast and dream — a bleam. This rules.”
HBO Max has set a September 30 premiere date for Ten Year Old Tom (formerly styled 10-Year-Old Tom), an adult animated series from creator Steve Dildarian (The Life and Times of Tim), exec producer Nick Weidenfeld, Tomorrow Studios and ShadowMachine.
The series follows Tom, who grapples with being corrupted by the grownups around him each day just by leaving his house. He must deal with bad influences including litigious parents, drug dealing bus drivers and band teachers who want to sleep with his mom. If he sets up a lemonade stand, he gets sued for gross negligence. If he plays baseball, he is encouraged to dabble with steroids. And if he visits the school nurse, he is introduced to the world of insurance fraud. The grownups in Tom’s life all mean well, but somehow just can’t manage to lead by example.
Created by Lisa Hanawalt, the series revolves around best friends Tuca (Haddish) and Bertie (Wong), who also happen to be full of ghosts. Bertie is busy excavating her inner ghouls with the help of a therapist, while Tuca prefers to stuff hers behind the toilet. She’ll deal with them later, right now she’s just too busy trying not to be single anymore! Meanwhile, Speckle (Steven Yeun) is building a new house but soon finds he’s driven to the brink of insanity…good thing he’s just a cartoon.
Nathan Pyle’s Strange Planet is getting the TV treatment.
Apple TV+ has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for an animated series based on Pyle’s webcomic and best-selling graphic novels of the same name.
The series will tell profound and heartfelt stories about beings on a distant planet not unlike our own. Amalia Levari will serve as showrunner on the whimsical comedy. Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty, Community) will be credited as a co-creator alongside Pyle on the series. The duo will exec produce alongside Levari.
NBCUniversal is doubling down on Jimmy Fallon.
The company has handed The Tonight Show host a series order for a musical competition at E! and set up a couple of animated projects based on his kids’ books.
5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas, an animated holiday special for NBC, based on his own holiday children’s book. The special will air this Christmas and is produced by Universal Television with Kelly Powers and ShadowMachine. Jon Foster and James Lamont are the writers.
FXX has picked up to series Little Demon, a half-hour animated comedy pilot starring Danny DeVito, his daughter Lucy DeVito and Aubrey Plaza. It comes from Danny DeVito’s Jersey Films 2nd Avenue, ShadowMachine and FX Productions, with Rick & Morty co-creator Dan Harmon executive producing. Little Demon joins animated comedy series Archer and Cake on FXX and FX on Hulu.
Previously on Netflix, Adult Swim picked up the series after it was canceled after its first season by the streamer in 2019.
The Critics’ Choice Awards, hosted by Taye Diggs, were handed out on Sunday night and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood took the award for Best Picture and on the TV side, Fleabag nabbed the trophy for Best Comedy Series while Succession went home with Best Drama.
Quibi has added the animated series The Andy Cohen Diaries from the titular Bravo pop culture guru to its rapidly growing slate of programming. The new series will chronicle the iconic and untold moments from Cohen’s daily life.
The six-episode series will be executive produced by Andy Cohen through his company, Most Talkative Productions, along with ShadowMachine co-founders Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley (BoJack Horseman, Final Space).
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Drug-trip scenes are staples of cinema, and Wilde, inspired by the stoned dance sequence of The Big Lebowski, knew she wanted to contribute to the canon with Booksmart. When the director reached out to the ShadowMachine animation studio — the studio responsible for Netflix’s series Tuca & Bertie and BoJack Horseman, for which Wilde voices recurring character Charlotte Carson — she knew exactly what she wanted for her scene…. Read More >>
Facebook Watch’s new original animated comedy Human Discoveries has set Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick as its stars. The forthcoming series, which will debut later this year, comes from Chris Bruno and David Howard Lee with ShadowMachine founders Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley (BoJack Horseman, Final Space, Pinocchio) and Ninja’s Runnin’ Wild co-producing. Read More >>
There’s a part of Northwest Portland, on the outer rim of the Pearl District, where the neighborhood retains its industrial roots.
Out among the warehouses, commercial printers, brewery equipment shops and industrial suppliers, a group of artisans from around the globe are preparing to perform a bit of magic. Read More >>
Netflix has slotted Friday, May 3 for the premiere of animated series Tuca & Bertie starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as bird women. The internet network also released a first-look featurette at the series which stars Haddish as Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan, and Wong as Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird. Read More >>
Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut. Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy. He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it. Read More >>
In his first feature deal to direct since The Shape of Water won him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, Guillermo del Toro has made a deal with Netflix to co-direct his stop-motion animated passion project Pinocchio. Del Toro has pined to make a darker version of the wooden boy tale for the past decade. He has written the script with Patrick McHale (Over the Garden Wall and Adventure Time), and will co-direct with Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox). Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer, taking inspiration for the Pinocchio character from Gris Grimly’s original designs drawn from Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. Read More >>
What’s next for BoJack Horseman in season 6? Netflix’s critically adored animated comedy premiered its fifth season on September 14 to even more rave reviews. Following on from its shaky first season and establishment as Netflix’s first animated comedy, the bold Hollywood satire has evolved into one of the most critically adored shows on air right now. As of the writing of this post, the fifth season has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a 92 on Metacritic (a series peak). Not bad for a show about a drunk and depressed anthropomorphic horse who used to be a sitcom star.
While sitting in a dark movie theater this weekend waiting for a screening of Ant-Man and The Wasp to start, the AMC pre-show ad buys rolled along as they do. But, this time wasn’t like all the others that usually never see headphones leave the comfort of eardrums. This time, something worked. One particular trailer for an unheard of YouTube Premium series rolled through. An animated sitcom about futuristic space truckers called Dallas & Robo… Read More >>
The eponymous main characters of Dallas & Robo, the new YouTube Red original series from Mike Roberts and adult animated comedy superproducers ShadowMachine, are not your average space cadets. They’re not the haunted cowboys of Firefly. They’re not concerned with cosmic destinies like the Guardians of the Galaxy. They’re not even the manic semi-protagonists of Rick and Morty, the show’s closest cousin. Read More >>
The Shivering Truth produced by Vernon Chatman, The Shivering Truth is a constant boilerplate of societal trends that usually counts towards some sort of comeuppance for the central character of each bit. For the fat girl in school getting her bra snapped it’s being used as ham slices for the kids at school, for the depressed guy looking to take his own life, it’s the ironic nature of his constant failures at death that usually leads to some sort of good, and for a doctor that’s able to control the Butterfly Effect, what happens when those butterflies get minds of their own?
Meet Chuck Deuce, a local surfer whose mind has been wiped from a giant wave so he sees all sorts of hallucinations, like sock puppet people, talking waves, mermaids, and a whole lot more. On the pilot episode, Chuck works feverishly to stop a local condo development from destroying the habitats belonging to an endangered species…food trucks.
1. “Fish Out of Water,” BoJack Horseman, Netflix
“The year’s best episode of television was a stand-alone escape from harsh reality that proved reality always finds its way to catch you. BoJack (Will Arnett), the protagonist of this animated series, is a Hollywood actor forced to go to an undersea film festival to promote a film he’s lost enthusiasm for. Underwater, his inability to communicate with…”
“When “BoJack Horseman” débuted, in 2014, it didn’t look particularly original. It was the hundredth series about a middle-aged man—well, a horse, but still—who did bad things. It was the latest scathing portrait of the downside of fame. It was the newest streaming dramedy: yet another adult animated alt-comedy meta-sitcom.
In an anti-antihero frame of mind, I took much too long to catch up on what turned out to be one of the wisest, most emotionally ambitious and—this is not a contradiction—spectacularly goofy series…”
“Last winter, Michael Eisner, the television executive and former chairman of the Walt Disney Company, found himself sitting next to Michael Bloomberg’s longtime girlfriend, Diana Taylor, at a dinner in Aspen, Colo. At the time, Bloomberg was contemplating a third-party bid for the presidency. Eisner, who has never been shy about sharing his views, relayed two stories to Taylor he thought would help Bloomberg as he grappled with no longer being in charge of America’s most important city.”
“It’s an absurdist cartoon about a depressed, alcoholic talking horse — and the show’s new season proves it’s a modern classic.
The titular star of ‘BoJack Horseman’ (voiced by Will Arnett), faces charges in Netflix’s animated series — and unlikely contender for one of the best TV shows currently on.“
“Netflix’s BoJack Horseman evolved from frothy talking-animal Hollywood satire to character-rich treatise on depression in its first season, deepened and darkened into one of TV’s best shows in its second season and gallops into its third season with a profound confidence. No longer needing to prove its commitment to imposing human frailties…”