Bar­bar­ian Dad

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An an­i­mated hero tries to fit into live-ac­tion sub­ur­ban Amer­ica in Fox’s hy­brid Son of Zorn Who Framed) Roger Rab­bit cor­rect for the live-ac­tion ac­tors.”

Ap­pel also drew in­spi­ra­tion for the style of an­i­ma­tion from dozens of car­toon forms and shows like The Her­cu­loids that were big through­out the 1960s and 1970s. The Her­cu­loids were com­prised of a team of hu­manoids and un­usual crea­tures like a fly­ing space dragon. These kinds of ac­tion-fan­tasy shows — He-Man from Masters of the Uni­verse be­ing an ob­vi­ous in­flu­ence — and the heroes they cre­ated spawned Zorn.

De­spite be­ing drawn as a hulk­ing bar­bar­ian of sorts by Tit­mouse An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios, Zorn shows the wear and tear of liv­ing in our real world. He’s a bit scruffy and has a bald spot — marks of a real dad deal­ing with the strain of rais­ing a teenage son. This along with the sort of Mid­west­ern cadence and charm of Sudeikis’ voice were used to make the an­i­mated main char­ac­ter as re­lat­able as any of the live-ac­tion ac­tors.

The show makes good use of its fish-out-of-wa- En­ter­tain­ment writer Karen Idel­son lives and works in the South Bay. She has a dog with a wicked un­der­bite.

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CBee­bies (U.K.), YLE An­toine Rodelet & Jos­selin Charier For­mat: 78 x 7 (in pro­duc­tion) Tar­get Au­di­ence: All Ages Type of An­i­ma­tion: CG Synopsis: When the ranger’s away, the wildlife will play! Grizzy the bear thinks it’s only nat­u­ral that the park ranger’s house be­comes his ter­ri­tory when the hu­man is out. But his en­joy­ment of mod­ern con­ve­niences like air con­di­tion­ing and a stocked kitchen is ru­ined by a fam­ily of lem­mings who want to use the house as their per­sonal amuse­ment park. Sell­ing Points: This 100-per­cent made-in­France se­ries seeks to re­vi­tal­ize the slap­stick genre. “Since it is a non-ver­bal se­ries tar­get­ing a large au­di­ence, Grizzy and the Lem­mings has the po­ten­tial to be­come a new clas­sic. Other­wise, we have made sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments to reach a fea­ture qual­ity CGI an­i­ma­tion,” says Stu­dio Hari co-founder Jos­selin Charier. “We are thrilled to un­veil three episodes of this show in Cannes.” Broad­cast­ers: Turner (Boomerang) world­wide, France Télévi­sions www.stu­dio­hari.com

Cot­ton­wood Me­dia,

Zorn (Ja­son Sudeikis) faces the idig­ni­ties of sub­ur­ban life in Fox’s Son of Zorn.

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