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. Read More >>
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? Read More >>
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. Read More >>
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…” read more
“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…” read more
“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.” read more
“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. read more”
“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…” read more