And now for something completely different: Rodents doing a podcast. Canine bullies at the dog park. Unwelcome feline neighbors. Throat-slitting birds. Randy turtles. Pupating butterflies. A snake-gobbled mouse. The offbeat list goes on in this trailer for Animals, HBO’s decidedly adult animated series that premieres next month promising “a new breed of comedy.”
Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano and produced by Duplass Brothers Television, Animals focuses on the creatures native to Earth’s least-habitable environment: New York City. Lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons and aging bedbugs battling midlife crises engage in awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes startlingly similar to that of the humans with whom they co-exist. The premium cabler ordered two seasons of Animals in May, after the first two completed episodes of the series were screened in the Special Events section of the Sundance Film Festival in January.
The long and attention-getting list of voices includes, in no particular order: Cobie Smulders, Ellie Kemper, Rob Corddry, Molly Shannon, Horatio Sanz, Wanda Sykes, Nick Kroll, Marc Maron, Adam Scott, Ben Schwartz, Jay and Mark Duplass, Matarese, Luciano, Jessica Chastain and many more.
The series launches February 5 at 11:30 PM. Check out the trailer above.