Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano, from Duplass Brothers Productions, 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 battling a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.
Matarese and Luciano executive produce, write and direct all the episodes and voice many of the characters on the show.
Guests on the first two seasons have included Jessica Chastain, Danny McBride, Mark Duplass, Demetri Martin, Jay Duplass, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Peretti, Tom Lennon, Jason Mantzoukas, Mitch Hurwitz, Jonah Hill, Emilia Clarke, Jason Alexander, Ice-T, Michael Rapaport, Harmony Korine, Katie Aselton, Lauren Lapkus, Ben Schwartz, Jon Lovitz, Andy Dick, RuPaul Charles, Dan Harmon, Judy Greer, Michael Pitt, Vincent Pastore, Fred Armisen,Tony Hale, Rachael Ray, Whoopi Goldberg, Big Boi, Matt Walsh, Rob Corddry, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Aukerman, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Ellie Kemper, Kumail Nanjiani, Marc Maron, Pete Holmes, Horatio Sanz, Cobie Smulders, Wanda Sykes, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Melanie Lynskey and Thomas Middleditch.
The animation for Animals was created with Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries, the studio behind the Rick & Morty series and feature Anomalisa.
Season 2 was executive produced by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass. Jen Roskind served as co-executive producer and James Fino, Joe Russo II, Kenny Micka produced.
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