‘Animals’ Trailer Promises a New Breed of Comedy

By January 25, 2016

Featuring an all-star cast of voice actors, HBO’s Animals looks like the newest addition to the animated TV show line-up, though this seems much more in line with the kind of cynical tone of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, than anything else. Depending on the show’s ability to remain fresh and exciting though, that could end up being an even better comparison than you might think.

Coming from executive producers, Mark and Jay Duplass, and created by NY ad executives, Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, Animals is actually based off a number of shorts from Matarese and Luciano from a number of years ago. However, following the premiere of those shorts at Sundance last year, HBO was so enthralled by the premise that they greenlit the series for a two season order.

Now, with little less than a month to go until the show’s debut, HBO has released a new trailer for Animals, teasing several possibly hilarious sketches, including the suicidal mouse and the snake, a dog park that seems more like a prison yard, and more. Check it out below:

Here’s Animals‘ official synopsis as well:

“An animated comedy series from co-creators Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano and produced by the Duplass Brothers, ANIMALS. focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to planet Earth’s least habitable environment: New York City. Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bed bugs steeped in midlife crisis, the existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.”

Included in the large array of talented actors involved in the project are Marc Maron, Chelsea Peretti, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Katie Aselton, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Zach Woods, Adam Scott, Ike Barinholtz, and more, with Maron seeming to play what looks like a pretty spot on animal version of himself, as a rat version of him interviews another rat for what is likely a referential, pun-filled parody of his popular real-life podcast.

Some of the Sundance shorts are included in the trailer as well, and the show looks interesting not only for its ambitious tone and setting, but also for its unique animation style. Like I said earlier, the series looks like HBO’s answer to several other animated titles in the same vein, so we’ll just have to wait and see if its sketch-like structure is able to maintain the same longevity as some of its serialized and procedural counterparts.

Animals will premiere on Friday, February 5th on HBO.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable