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Robert Smigel developing cartoon for Fox

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 29th 2006 10:32AM
robert smigelThe funny man behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is creating an animated series for Fox. The series is called Animals and it's described as "a parody of suburban life using the animal kingdom." Smigel will write the series with Greg Cohen, writer for King of the Hill and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. It's being produced by Adam Sandler's company, Happy Madison (the two remain close from their days on SNL and Sandler regularly casts Smigel in his movies). Animals is meant to round out Fox's Sunday night animation block, which already includes The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill, and American Dad. It's about damn time somebody gives him his own series.

Smigel also pens the "TV Funhouse" cartoons for Saturday Night Live... including The Ambiguously Gay Duo and The Ex-Presidents. The Reuters article about the new series doesn't mention whether he'll continue as Triumph or for SNL.

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Robert Smigel is a comedy god! Don't forget the TV Funhouse series that got cancelled from Comedy Central. Those guys owe him a show deal. Bout time Fox gets some quality programming. I mean the Simpsons are almost done. Family Guy is really starting to suck and American Dad? Does anyone actually watch that crap! Honestly, they should have brought back Futurerama instead of Family Guy.

September 29 2006 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hopefully it will be more like Creature comforts but with a riskier sense of humour. I say creature comforts because although it has a fixed interview style format, it very accurately reflects real people since the sound is from real interviews then the animation and choice of animals is tailored to suit that. Father of the Pride could have been any generic sitcom really.

September 29 2006 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The premise sounds a bit close to Father of the Pride, but Smigel is an extremely funny guy so I'm sure this will be better. Hopefully it replaces the awful War at Home.

September 29 2006 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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