If everything had gone according to plan, the animated comedy Close Enough would have premiered on TBS…in 2017. That was when creator JG Quintel (Regular Show) and his crew put together a reel of random scenes from proposed storylines and presented it to TBS execs, who greenlit the series for production. But for reasons that have never been revealed, the series never moved forward at TBS. It wasn’t until the birth of HBO Max that Close Enough was revived and completed, and it’s treated today as an HBO Max original, even though the first season still has “TBS” on it for some reason.
Those jerky “Boys” can go pound sand — the best reason to have an Amazon Prime subscription is the eight episodes of Undone, an amazing animated series combining reality with supernatural mystery in a mesmerizing rotoscoped presentation. We’re pleased to report soon there will be more than eight!
We reported last week that the YouTube Originals children’s series “Super Sema” would be coming back for a holiday special, but apparently it wasn’t done then either. The special was released last Friday, but additional content has arrived in the form of a music video for the song introduced in the special. Watch as AGT’s Ndlovu Youth Choir performs “Dream A Dream” alongside Sema.
You read the title correctly — the universe’s coolest earthworm is coming back to our galaxy — and we don’t mean another video game. We mean a new TV series!
The good thing about living in the Los Angeles area is being a stone’s throw from some of the best cinematic experiences and exclusive movie festivals in the world. The bad thing is everything else about LA. But if you live in or around LA, you might want to think about sneaking outside, dodging those gang bullets and braving a trip to the Animation Is Film Festival taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatre next month. The festival screens animated features from all over the world, some of which are making their US debuts for the first time.
There have been a lot of Transformers movies by now, but if you ask a certain generation, there is only one that truly matters: the original. Released in 1986, Transformers: The Movie broke the hearts of millions of children with the sudden and abrupt offing of beloved main Autobot Optimus Prime, though that hasn’t prevented them as adults from returning to be re-traumatized over and over. Now you can witness the moment in every horrific detail as Fathom Events teams up with Hasbro to re-release Transformers: The Movie theatrically.
This weekend, in addition to the mountain of usual reruns, Adult Swim will be premiering episodes from two of its originals.
When Adult Swim first took to the airwaves in 2001, Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law was one of the initial offerings. Only forty shows were made and each one is just eleven minutes long, but the series had staying power huge enough to remain in scattered reruns to this very day. Not only that, Adult Swim produced a return special in 2018, and managed to swing the return of Stephen Colbert as maniacal CEO Phil Ken Sebben (who was now the President).
Earleir this month YouTube premiered Super Sema, produced by the Nairobi-based children’s edutainment media and technology startup Kukua, on its Originals channel. At the time, it was just one episode with the promise of more, but more are on the way — in just s few hours. Five more episodes of the series will be added tomorrow, March 26.
Just because YouTube largely gave up on a streaming service-type channel (YouTube Red, which Cobra Kai premiered on) doesn’t mean they aren’t still delivering original content. It’s just going, appropriately enough, in their YouTube Originals subsite. And the latest addition is Super Sema, produced by the Nairobi-based children’s edutainment media and technology startup Kukua.
The fact that it’s all online won’t be the only unusual thing about this year’s SXSW film festival…it’ll also mark the debut of something we don’t see too often in the animation genre: a fantasy horror story. It’s called The Spine Of Night, and it’s coming from Gorgonaut Pictures.