First Look at New Stop-Motion Animated Series from the Creators of ROBOT CHICKEN & MODOK
It looks like Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is one step closer to global domination of stop-motion animation. After creating several successful series on numerous networks, producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are now bringing their talents to AMC.
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios features stop-motion comedy hosts Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner and Chris Waters. The team has put their particular creative mark on the series they have created and produced, such as Sword crossing, robot chicken, and more recently Marvel’s MODOK
Setting their sights on AMC, the creators are producing a new show called Ultra City Smiths. Of course, the show is animated in stop-motion and it will begin airing on AMC + in less than a month. Take a look at the official series synopsis below.
From AMC Studios and created by Steve Conrad (Patriot, Perpetual Grace) and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken, Crossing Swords), Ultra City Smiths takes place via stop-motion animation of dolls reused as adult characters. The series is based on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of the most famous mogul from the fictional metropolis of Ultra City (Smith). Two intrepid detectives (Simpson and Randolph) follow the case, rallying to fight the dangerous corruption of their city, at great cost to themselves and their families, all in search of a gentler place to live.
AMC issued a press release revealing numerous vocal cast members such as Kristen Bell (Frozen), Melissa Villasenor (SNL), and Alia Shawkat (Development stopped). Pictures have also been released alongside the official announcement, with character bios included, and we’ve included them all for you below,
AMC + today released the first photos of the new half-hour stop-motion animated doll series, Ultra City Smiths, which airs Thursday, July 22 on AMC +. The series will air on AMC in the fall. Today’s reveal includes character images of Kristen Bell (Queenpins, The Woman in the House) as Donella Pecker, Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Cheers) as Lady Andrea The Giant, Alia Shawkat (Seach Party) , Duck Butter) as Little Grace, Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show, Robocop) as Carpenter K. Smith, Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite is my name, USA vs. Billie Holiday) as as Detective Gail Johnson, Damon Herriman (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Underground Railroad) as Street Hustler Boy and Melissa Villaseñor (Saturday Night Live, Toy Story 4) as Sister Mary Margaret.
Additional voice cast for the series includes Dax Shepard (Parenthood, The Ranch) as Congressman Chris Pecker, Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, Black Mirror) as Detective David Mills, John C. Reilly (Moonbase 8, Ralph Breaks the Internet) as Donovan Smith, Jason Mantzoukas (Big Mouth, Infinite) as Tim the TMZ reporter, Tim Heidecker (Moonbase 8, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) As Mayor Kevin de Maximum, Chris Conrad (Patriot, Perpetual Grace, LTD) as Nico Onasis, Hana Mae Lee (Patriot, The Babysitter: Killer Queen) as Christina, Tim Meadows (Schooled, No Activity) as Deputy Mayor Jeff Thumb, Terry O’Quinn (Lost, Patriot) as Captain Krieger, Debra Winger (Terms of Affection, Shadowlands) as Trish McSapphire, Luis Guzmán (Shameless, Traffic) as Rodrigo Smalls, Julian Barratt (Truth Keepers, Killing Eve) as the world’s most dangerous man, Sun ita Mani (Evil Eye, Save Yourselves!) as Detective Jaya Mukherjee, and Tom Waits (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Dead Don’t Die) as Narrat or so.
CARPENTER K. SMITH (Kurtwood Smith) The Ultra City’s Last Hope. Aspiring to make the city a sweeter place through his candidacy for mayor and his extraordinary wealth. But now no one can find it.
DONELLA PECKER (Kristen Bell) Competent and compassionate government official. She hopes to help Ultra City become a safer place, but first she needs to take care of her childish husband, Congressman Chris Pecker.
GAIL JOHNSON (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) Veteran detective and partner of David Mills. Decorated, calm, no frills. She married her job at the possible expense of her family life.
LADY ANDREA LE GÉANT (Bebe Neuwirth) Former female heavyweight wrestling world champion. Devoted mother who will do anything to protect her child, even if it means fighting against a series of chimpanzees.
LITTLE GRACE (Alia Shawkat) The daughter of Lady Andrea, the giant. Unconsciously involved with the wrong people. Must face the harshness of this city and resolve its situation through thick and thin.
SISTER MARY MARGARET (Melissa Villaseñor) Catholic nun whose charity runs the local men’s shelter. Not what is obvious.
STREET HUSTLER BOY (Damon Herriman) Aging male prostitute without work. Desperate to find a way to rehabilitate his partner’s health.
What do you think? Are you hoping that Stoopid Buddy Stoodios will produce more projects like this in the future?
We’ve included our interview with Stoopid founders Buddy Seth Green and Matthew Senreich below. Make sure to share your thoughts in the usual place!
Ultra City Smiths premieres Thursday, July 22 on AMC +.