It would be premature and irresponsible of me to declare FOX’s forthcoming Axe Copcartoon a ‘perfect,’ but damn your rules, it is! We’ve known for a while now that the titular character will be voiced by the shows exec producer and master carpenter Nick Offerman, but what of the other characters? Well, maybe you should have a seat because over on the official Axe Cop blog they’ve announced the rest of the cast and it reads like the supergroup of cartoon comedy voice talent.
When the show premieres as part of FOX’s ADHD cartoon line-up Offerman will be joined by Chldren’s Hospital alums Ken Marinoand Rob Huebel as Flute Cop and the Grey Diamond respectively, comedian Patton Oswalt as Sockarang and British actor/comedian Peter Serafinowicz will do multiple voices including the villainous Dr. Doo-Doo. Pretty impressive, right? Well we’re only half way through (see why I told you to sit down?) In possibly the greatest casting of a man baby of to date, Baby Man will be voiced Michael Madsen(Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill.) The cast also contains not one but two actors from Breaking Bad; Jonathan Banks (Mike) and Giancarlo Esposito (Gus) and Vincent Kartheiser from TV’s Mad Men caps it all off.
Let’s watch the recently released upfront for the show together now!
If you listen closely you can hear the gentle sobbing of an [adult swim] executive.
Apparently if you are at SDCC this year and attend either the Axe Cop panel or the ADHD one you will get to see the first episode. The rest of us will have to wait till 11pm July 27th on FOX.
Jeremy filled us in yesterday on the upcoming animated Axe Cop TV show coming to FOX’s planned Saturday late-night programming block that is being spearheaded by Nick Weidenfeld, the head of Animation Domination HD (or ADHD) and a former Adult Swim executive. Early reports also indicated that Weidenfeld had begun searching for a showrunner, news that had me wondering what role Axe Cop creators Ethan Nicolle and his brother, 8 year old Malachai, would have on the show.
On break from riding dinosaurs and bribing a child, Ethan took a moment to fill us in on his and Malachai’s role with Axe Cop the TV show.
I will be a producer on the show and when needed (I) will bounce things off of Malachai for input. It is true that the show will not be written by either of us because it’s just not feasible to make a tv show dependent on a child’s whims, but I have talked to a lot of different people in Hollywood about bringing Axe Cop to the screen and Nick, as well as everyone else I have met at ADHD, are the most serious and passionate Axe Cop fans I’ve met in the industry and I feel pretty confident they will treat it right. You get a lot of people out here who are after it because it’s “got a lot of buzz” (and they have no idea why). Nick gets Axe Cop. He has been going to bat for it for a while now and his enthusiasm for it is exciting. I also think putting Axe Cop in adult animation leaves it open to be just as over the edge as it is in the comics. If we went all ages we would have to dial it back a lot. I’m as excited as everyone else is for this, I can’t wait to see Axe Cop come to life! – Ethan Nicolle
For more on Axe Cop, check out the official website, and you can also click here to read our interview with Ethan from last month.