Deal includes development of multiple adult animated series plus first look rights to any adult shows the Emmy Award-winning studio creates.
Netflix has just announced a new, multi-year production deal with Emmy Award-winning animation studio, Titmouse, producer of numerous hit shows including Big Mouth, Superjail! and Metalocalypse. The deal calls for Titmouse to produce a number of original adult animated series; Netflix will also get first look rights to any adult animated series developed and created at the studio.
The deal expands upon the existing relationship between the streaming giant and animation house, which includes Big Mouth, from Brutus Pink, and the upcoming series, The Midnight Gospel, from Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward and Duncan Trussell.
According to Titmouse president and founder, Chris Prynoski, “When Netflix asked if we wanted to go steady, we were thrilled. When we asked if it could be an open relationship, they said, ‘Yeah, of course. It’s the 21st century, kid. That’s the only way we’ll have it.’ Now we are friends with benefits, and I couldn’t be more stoked. This new and exciting relationship will help quench our relentless thirst for producing animated cartoons. Excuse me, I’m gonna go carve NF+TM on a tree now.”
“Titmouse has been at the forefront of the evolving animation industry and is the creative force behind an impressive variety of projects, including our very own Big Mouth and The Midnight Gospel,” said Mike Moon, head of adult animation for Netflix. “We’re thrilled to expand our collaboration with Chris, [co-founder] Shannon [Prynoski] and the entire team at Titmouse as we continue to develop and produce bold original animation together.”
Just last week, AWN profiled creator Parker Simmons and Titmouse’s Annie Award-nominated series, Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart. The show follows the adventures of Sheriff Mao Mao, his sidekick Badgerclops (transformed from a polar bear into a badger for the series), and the aptly named Adorabat as they strive to protect the citizens of Pure Heart Valley from the multifarious forces of evil.
Titmouse, with studios in Los Angeles, New York City and Vancouver, currently employs around 700 artists, working on a number of TV shows, films, commercials, branded and digital content projects.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.