Grownup Swim’s original series have by no means been responsible what anybody would think about to be typical storytelling, from Harvey Birdman to Frankenhole to its current hit Rick and Morty. And with Tyler the Creator’s new animated comedy The Jellies, issues are positively taking the anticipated route of being as surprising as attainable. CinemaBlend lately spoke with stars Phil LaMarr and Carl Jones (additionally an govt producer) concerning the weirdness of The Jellies, they usually each love how a lot the present is not like anything on TV. Based on LaMarr:
Effectively, it is your typical “black child adopted by a jellyfish” sitcom. Such as you do. The factor I like most about it’s — such as you stated — it is this extremely unusual world, however in and of itself, every little thing is regular. , that is how it might work in the event you had a whale subsequent door. . . . That is the factor about it. I keep in mind studying the script, and like, there wasn’t something you would evaluate Jellies to. ‘It is kinda like…’ No, not like that. It is distinctive, which, as of late, that is onerous to do.
Certainly. Particularly on Grownup Swim, the place the motivation at all times appears to be arising with probably the most left-of-center idea attainable. In The Jellies, Phil LaMarr performs Cornell Jelly, an in any other case common 16-year-old who discovers that he is been adopted — it arguably ought to have been apparent, contemplating his dad and mom are jellyfish — and he embarks on a quest to find his true self, all whereas entering into awkward conditions and having ridiculous adventures. Even at its most elementary logline, The Jellies is fairly distinctive. However what’s extra, it isn’t only a present that is being bizarre for the sake of being bizarre.
If pressured to make a fast comparability, I would throw BoJack Horseman in as a selection, as that is equally a world the place folks and anthropomorphic animals reside harmoniously, and it is one the place easy indicators of humanity are ever-present. When The Jellies will get foolish and bizarre, it is definitely these issues, however there are additionally moments the place characters behave as genuinely as they’d in actual life. Even in a world the place one could be raised by quirky jellyfish, or the place one can go to a retirement group filled with past-their-prime hip hop musicians, being a young person looking for that means on the planet is one thing anybody can relate to. And that positively separates this present from different Grownup Swim sequence like Aqua Teen and The Eric Andre Present. (Although we are able to all relate to Eric Andre.)
Based on Phil LaMarr and Carl Jones, the distinctiveness that flows by way of The Jellies is definitely attributable to Tyler, the Creator himself, in addition to co-creator Lionel Boyce, who each developed and starred in Grownup Swim’s Loiter Squad a number of years in the past.
CARL JONES: Yeah, you recognize, Tyler has been identified for creating his personal inventive area to play in. There isn’t any one which you would even evaluate him to, a lot much less his work. So I believe every little thing that he touches is just about very distinctive in its personal manner. I imply, you will see some influences, and stuff that he likes, nevertheless it’s actually its personal factor. I can say this confidently: there’s not a present that I’ve ever seen that is something prefer it.
PHIL LAMARR: Yeah, you’ll be able to’t say, ‘The Jellies is like The Cosby Present if Invoice Cosby was a rapper.’ Nope, no, it isn’t like every other household cartoon. It is not like every other crazy-world cartoon. I like it. And it is humorous. That is the opposite factor. Lots of instances you get unusual or humorous, however on this one, you get each.
Beginning off as a mission launched by way of Tyler, the Creator’s Golf Media app, The Jellies is not essentially a present meant to be embraced by anybody and everybody. However those that tune in will discover that despite the fact that it is from the typical TV comedy, there’s nonetheless one thing common concerning the story it is telling…even in the event you’ve by no means had a whale as a next-door neighbor.
The Jellies shall be making its premiere on Adult Swim at 12:15 a.m. ET on Monday, October 23 (which shall be on Sunday, October 22 for CT and MT). Keep tuned for extra from my discuss with Phil LaMarr and Carl Jones, and to see when every little thing else is hitting the small display screen quickly, head to our fall TV premiere schedule.