Annecy News – New Shows + More Smiling Friends

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Adult Swim Orders Series for Oh My God! and Ha Ha You Clowns. Season 3 of Smiling Friends announced

News out of the Annecy Animation Festival, which took place this week out in France. The panel finished up recently, with news dripping out about what was discussed. Outside of new/returning shows (which I’ll get to in a moment) news on Primal’s Genndy Tartakovsky pitching “Safari Heist,’ a 10-episode comedic robbery that will have the feel of a musical,” as well as intro footage from both the long-awaited Rick and Morty anime as well as AS’s first-ever Spanish language program Women Wearing Shoulder Pads were featured.

Prior to the end of the panel, PR sent over a release for two new shows announced, from already aired pilots…

Oh My God, Yes! A Series of Extremely Relatable Circumstances – One of four pilots that aired during the M. Night Shyamalan “Night of Pilots to Hawk My New Movie, Sponsored by Burger Restaurant” back in February 2023. I tried doing a write-up that night but was too busy (plus the site wasn’t up yet). I did however keep the quick notes I made: The show takes place in the year 2102 and feels like a cross between Cyberpunk and the Boondocks. OMG, Yes was created and Exec Produced by Emmy Nominated Adele “Supreme” Williams (My Dad the Bounty Hunter) with animation from Six Point Harness.

Ha Ha You Clowns – Created by Joe Cappa (Ghost Dogs) and originally aired online, via the Adult Swim Smalls program. For those uninitiated with recent AS, Smalls started on the old adultswim.com (prior to the bloodletting that happened shortly after the Warner Bros. Discovery merger) and was touted as a sketch anthology series. It eventually morphed into a sort of pilot program where pilots/projects will sometimes air late night on the network. In the two-minute presentation below, there’s not much to go on outside of “Single dad taking care of his three sons after the death of his wife,” but it’s still a very silly two minutes and animation-wise has sort of a Bushworld/Yolo feel to it. If you’re on board, the rest of the episodes are available online with more Clowning. Hopefully with the 11.5 minute standard runtime, Cappa and crew can open it up further.

BUT WAIT…

In addition to new series (and kind of expected since co-creators Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel were there at the panel) Season THREE of Smiling Friends was announced! Obviously, with the second season still airing, we may have to wait quite a while to find out when exactly that will be. But still welcomed news.

Video + Info below. Information on release dates as they become available.

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At today’s Adult Swim – Defying Expectations Panel at Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Adult Swim announced the following new series currently in production for the network:

“Oh My God, Yes! A Series of Extremely Relatable Circumstances” – Created by Emmy nominated writer and executive producer Adele “Supreme” Williams (Netflix’s “My Dad the Bounty Hunter”), the quarter-hour comedy follows three best friends navigating the wild and dicey dating misadventures in South Central LA, circa 2102. A pilot episode for the series aired last year as part of Adult Swim’s pilot block, and is currently available to watch on Adult Swim.com. “Oh My God Yes!” is executive produced by Dominique Braud and produced for Adult Swim by Six Point Harness.

“Ha Ha You Clowns” – Adult Swim has ordered a full series pick-up of the popular Adult Swim SMALLS animated short series. The quarter-hour comedy follows three sweet natured brothers who, alongside their deeply caring father, embark on various adventures as they bond together in the wake of their mother’s passing. Inspired by suburban family TV shows of the past, this series mixes heartfelt emotions with surreal comedy. It is created by Joe Cappa, whose animated short “Ghost Dogs” was a 2021 Sundance Festival Official Selection and winner of the Satoshi Kon Award at Fantasia.

Returning Series – In addition, Adult Swim announced that the hit series “SMILING FRIENDS,” currently in its sophomore season, will return to Adult Swim for a third season. 

Co-created and starring Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel, “SMILING FRIENDS” follows the employees of a small company dedicated to bringing happiness to a bizarre yet colorful world. The series was also selected for official competition at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

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