With a casual $1 billion in backing and everyone who’s anyone in showbiz on the books, new streaming service Quibi is drumming up quite a hype ahead of its April 2020 launch date. The latest creator to join its ranks is stirring excitement among animation fans, as it’s been announced that Justin Roiland – co-creator of Rick and Morty and the voice of many popular animated characters such as Adventure Time’s Lemongrab – will create a claymation series called Gloop World.
All we know so far is that Gloop World will be stop-motion animated using clay models, and centre around the “absurd but strangely relatable” lives of Bob Roundy and Funzy, two anthropomorphic blobs who navigate the malleable suburbia and outskirts of Gloop World.
The series will follow the Quibi (which is short for “quick bites”) format: seven to ten-minute-long episodes to be viewed only on mobile, with a capacity to view in portrait or landscape. These episodes will most likely not be standalone, but designed to be viewed as chapters in one long-form narrative film.
“Gloop World has been a dream of mine to make for almost seven years,” Roiland says in a statement. “A tactile clay animation show with a mysterious, weird and expansive world and really fun characters, fingerprints and all… I wanted the clay animation to have an imperfect approach, where you can see the animators in the work. I want the Gloop characters to feel like you can reach into your phone and grab them yourself.” The series will be produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, a company formed by Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV (who will direct Gloop), and Eric Towner, which is behind stop motion series Robot Chicken.
There are high hopes for animation on Quibi due to its founder, Jeffrey Katzenberg, being in charge at Disney when it churned out classics such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King, and at Dreamworks when it made Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.
So far, Quibi has announced shows by the likes of Steven Speilberg (whose horror series will only play once the sun has set, wherever the viewer is situated), Ridley Scott, Alexander Wang, Kris and Kendall Jenner and countless others. The subscription-only streaming service launches 6 April 2020.
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