A day or two after Fox aired the mesmerizingly jarring Don Hertzfeldt couch gag that kicked off the 26th season of The Simpsons, I used a screencap from it as my cover photo on Facebook.
Within minutes, my friend semi-jokingly commented, “I turned on The Simpsons for the first time in, like, 8 years, and this is what I saw, and I got incredibly confused and shut it off.”
Having been a fan of Hertzfeldt’s for years, I had at least a general context of what to expect, but as for the eight million or so that reportedly tuned in that night, not to mention the countless others that [...]
I have an uncomfortable confession to make: I have never liked the Looney Tunes. Despite the cultural pervasiveness of these characters, and a lifelong love of animation on my part, they’ve always struck me as annoying, repetitive, and boring — for all the pandemonium that Bugs Bunny and his ilk ostensibly represent, their chaos is bland, their destruction is predictable, and their lineage is corporate.
To be fair, my exposure to Looney Tunes at the time bore that out pretty well: I grew up in the age of Space Jam and the slew of jerseys, sneakers, McDonald’s toys, pogs, and cookie jars that film spawned. Today is no better, [...]
If you're a fan of animation and the hit improvised podcast Superego, Nerdist is launching a new weekly series that will take classic Superego sketches and give them the animated visual accompaniment they so richly deserve. New sketches will go live on Nerdist every Tuesday (with an initial run of five sketches) and will hopefully be one of many animated collaborations between Superego, Nerdist, and Mahlberg Studios. Here's a statement from Superego co-creator Matt Gourley:
We at Superego are thrilled to be teaming up with Nerdist for a wallop of a web series. Until now, our show has primarily been an audio-only experience, but with the addition of [...]
A few years ago, The Simpsons started bringing in well-known outside artists like Banksy and John Kricfalusi to guest-animate their couch gag sequences, and here's a new one done by cartoonist Bill Plympton. This is the third couch gag Plympton has made for the show, and it'll air in this coming Sunday's episode, which also features a tribute to filmmaker/animator Hayao Miyazaki during the actual episode.
Fox has added to its Saturday night animation block ADHD with a series from LA-based comic Amber Tozer. The Tozer Show will debut on Fox next year, Tozer announced on Facebook. She didn't spill too many details, saying "I'm so happy and excited and grateful and I feel like overeating." ADHD may prove to be a great spot for young comics. Next month, the network will preview two new series, Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Golan the Insatiable alongside existing shows Axe Cop and High School USA!
Tozer is known for her web series nitTWITS, described as a "sketch comedy web-series inspired by the funniest tweets." Below, check out her trailer for nitTWITS. (via The [...]