Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
New York City may be home to 8 million people, but it’s also host to several times as many non-human creatures. And it’s those critters — from the mice under the sinks to the cats in the windows to the horses in the parks — that get to take center stage in Animals, the new animated series from HBO and the Duplass brothers. The results look weird and funny and kind of twisted, and might make you look a little differently at the next pigeon that flies by. Watch the Animals trailer after the jump.
Animals looks squarely within HBO’s wheelhouse, while also representing a slight change of pace for the network. The offbeat and adult sense of humor doesn’t feel too far removed from Girls or the Duplasses’ own Togetherness, but the fact that Animals is a cartoon — and of course, the fact that it focuses on animals and not people — makes it an anomaly in the current HBO lineup. If you’re intrigued by the concept of Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets, but less than impressed by the cutesy execution, Animals may be more up your alley.
And if these oddball vignettes weren’t already enough to sell you on the show, the list of voices involved might change your mind. The cast include many of the usual suspects from the comedy world, like Matt Walsh, Nick Kroll, Ben Schwartz, Marc Maron, and Kumail Nanijiani, but also brings together talents as wide-ranging as A$AP Rocky and Jessica Chastain.
Animals debuts February 5 on HBO.
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Created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano and produced by Duplass Brothers Television, Animals. focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least-habitable environment: New York City. Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.