From the warped recesses of two Emmy Award-winning ‘Robot Chicken’ executive producers comes stop-motion medieval mayhem of the most bloody and hilarious kind; 10-episode Season 1 drops June 12.
On June 12, a scant five weeks after the launch of Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan’s raucous 2D adult series, Solar Opposites, Hulu drops the 10-episode inaugural season of their latest high-profile adult animated comedy, Crossing Swords. This twofer is a true embarrassment of animated riches.
The stop-motion adventure from Emmy Award-winning Robot Chicken executive producers John Harvatine IV and Tom Root stars Nicholas Hoult, Adam Ray, Tara Strong, Tony Hale and Luke Evans; if the trailer is any indication, the show’s rowdy amalgam of LEGO minifig-ish peg characters, colorful sets, witty banter, bloody gore and questionable abuse of social boundaries is sure to make its bold depiction of anatomically correct nudity seem perfectly normal. A flagon of ale and hearty laugh for all! Hear, hear! Plus, there are pirates too!
Our show’s hero, Patrick, is a good hearted peasant who lands a coveted squire position at the royal castle. However, his dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when he learns his beloved kingdom is run by a hornet’s nest of horny monarchs, crooks and charlatans. Even worse, Patrick’s valor made him the black sheep in his family, and now his criminal siblings have returned to make his life hell. War, murder, full frontal nudity—who knew brightly colored peg people led such exciting lives?
In the trailer, we feel good-natured Patrick’s moral turmoil as he descends into the murky, depraved, and treacherous world of kings, murderers and inbred families; cousins effing cousins has never been explained quite so eloquently.
In addition to Hoult, Ray, Strong, Hale, and Evans, the cast includes Seth Green, Alanna Ubach, Adam Pally, Yvette Nicole Brown, Maya Erskine, Breckin Meyer and Wendi McClendon-Covey. A Stoopid Buddy Stoodios production, Crossing Swords will be distributed by Sony Pictures Television and is co-created by Harvatine IV and Root, who also serve as executive producers alongside Green, Matthew Senreich and Eric Towner.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.