Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Jon Stewart's Next Project is a Animated Show For HBO
This is where it gets really interesting. As animation is such a time consuming process, it has not traditionally been the medium of choice for topical satire. However, digital technology has made it possible to turn things around much quicker, resulting in shows like the early 2000's UK series 2D TV, and of course South Park, which are able to react to current affairs. The previous efforts like this have all been 2D animation, but it seems like this will be different.
The animation is being made possible by a company named OTOY, who claim to offer "cinematic real-time rendering". HBO bought a stake in the company earlier this year.
The platform will apparently allow Stewart to comment on events "in real-time", which makes it sound like this will essentially be similar to a form of digital puppetry, with the emphasis distinctly on the writing over the animation itself.
The series will also offer short-form content (presumably to be distribute via platforms such as Youtube) although it's not clear whether this will be additional to the broadcast show, or if they will just release extracts.
Other details are to be confirmed, but it is expected to air this year- possibly as soon as September.
Posted by Chris Perkins
Chris writes about movies, games, TV and other stuff you love, and has written for places including MyM magazine, Rant Gaming, KillStreakMedia and Anime UK News. He particularly specialises in the field of animation and spends far too much time watching cartoons for a grown up. He regrets nothing. Follow him at @misterchristor.