ANIMATED HERO DOES THE JOB, FOR REAL
Cheryl Hines has a confession to make. She has the hots for her male co-star on new TV series Son of Zorn.
The trouble is that musclebound, sword-wielding warrior Zorn, from the island of Zephyria, is a cartoon.
Son of Zorn would have to take the prize for the weirdest new TV series of 2016. The American family sitcom is a mix of live action and animation centred on a cartoon character.
After 10 years on Zephyria, Zorn, voiced by Jason Sudeikis ( Horrible Bosses), returns to Orange County, California, to win back his ex-wife, Edie (Cheryl Hines).
Edie has moved on and is in a relationship with Craig (Tim Meadows). Zorn is forced to adapt to the modern world and takes a lowly desk job at soap company Sanitation Solutions.
The outline doesn’t sound promising until you know that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the makers of The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street reboot, are among the show’s executive producers.
Hines, best known for Curb Your Enthusiasm and Suburgatory, is certainly a believer.
“I find myself oddly attracted to Zorn,” Hines says. “He’s kind of hot.”
Filming Son of Zorn is a huge challenge for the actors who have to trade lines and react to a character that will be added in later.
“It is very important tonally when you have this hyper-real character (that) he’s a person,” co-creator Reed Agnew says.
“When he’s sad, you (the audience) feel sad for him. He’s got flaws.
“We liked Jason Sudeikis so much (for Zorn) because he was just like a guy talking. He’s relatable. We can see ourselves in Zorn hopefully. The things we deal with are human interactions, growing as a person, becoming a better father, forgiving your enemies, stuff like that.
“We (on Son of Zorn) do it in a silly, stupid way.”
SON OF ZORN, ELEVEN, WEDNESDAY, 9PM