How the adult animation boom saved television
The on-again, off-again, on-off-on-off-aga production of the latest Jurassic World movie, Jurassic World: Dominion, was not just the most high-profile blockbuster that was caught by the pandemic. It was, by far, the darkest example too, as the actors were forced to bubble together in a hotel for months, all having to adhere to a 109-page security document and some 1,800 security signs. . (Judd Apatow is currently finishing his own parody of their exact script, titled The bubble, for Netflix.)
Of course, unless they dropped production with the half-shot project, they had little choice, but it showed just how difficult filming had become in a world ravaged by Covid. The various precautions have driven up costs – even EastEnders was forced to use basic CGIs to keep the actors closer than they are – and many other sets simply closed indefinitely.
But come to the rescue? A new boom in adult animation, as studios and streamers have sunk billions since last spring into an industry almost perfectly suited for anyone working from home.
The likes of the Fox series Bob’s burgers – about a family that runs a hamburger restaurant, currently available on the ITV hub – may have been suspended briefly last spring, but was operational five days later. And a pillar such as The simpsons did not miss a thing, having put in place preventive home work practices from the beginning of March. And as for Rick and morty – not just the funniest, smartest animation on TV right now, but the funniest, smartest comedy, about the adventures of an alcoholic scientist and his grandson? Its upcoming fifth series (which airs on E4 this month before landing on Netflix) has not only been affected by the pandemic, but, according to co-creator Dan Harmon, has actually been made better.