Combining animation and live-action has been a technically and fascinating point of interest in the history of filmmaking whether we’re talking about Mary Poppins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? or even Space Jam, but in recent years and the rise of CGI and motion capture, the lines that separate the two have been blurred. And then there’s Son of Zorn, a new TV series from LEGO Movie and 21 Jumps Street filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, which looks to push the boundaries, but do so with an old school sensibilities. If you like quirky comedy, then you will definitely want to check out this first sneak peak at Son of Zorn.
Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Lord and Miller offered a tease of their show, a family comedy about Zorn (voice of Jason Sudeikis) “defender of the island nation of Zephyria, who returns to Orange County, takes a job selling industrial soap dispensers, and tries to reconnect with his teenage son (Johnny Pemberton) and ex-wife (Cheryl Hines), who is otherwise engaged (literally, to a psychology professor at an online university, played by Tim Meadows).”
“He tries to be a family man, but he is a barbarian warrior from another land who doesn’t quite fit in,” said Miller. “The thing I like about this show is that while the premise is really outrageous and ridiculous, the tone of the show is finding the practical, real, understated minutia of daily life. And the parts of the show that feel the most interesting to me are the [ones that] play it relatively grounded for such a ridiculous concept.”
“My favorite scenes are Zorn in the break room at his office, putting cream cheese on a bagel with a sword and talking to weird strangers,” added Lord. “Even though he’s a wild character, it’s all just really well-observed, funny, strange details about our life. Because he’s a foreigner, he’s highlighting what is ridiculous about the way we all live.”
It sounds a bit like Harvey Birdman, or any number of Adult Swim ‘toons, but with a live-action component. You may think this sounds ridiculous, but Lord and Miller have a proven track record of beating all odds on any given project, especially when people call it ridiculous sounding in advanced. We will have to judge for ourselves when Son of Zorn airs its 13-episode first season either later this year, or early next year, on the Fox Network.
Source: Geek Tyrant