The Freak Brothers executive producers Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon had us hooked the moment they announced they were developing an adult animated cartoon based on the hippie-era underground comic. Having them wake up after a half-century into our modern times and voiced by Woody Harrelson (“Hunger Games” franchise), John Goodman (The Conners), Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G.), and Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live) is what’s sealing the deal. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the four actors have signed onto the eight-episode series that’s expected to premiere this fall, with work on the pilot reportedly complete. The series is currently considering distribution offers, and production on the remaining 22-minute episodes currently underway.
Written by Dave Krinsky and John Althschuler (Silicon Valley), and Daniel Lehrer and Jeremy Lehrer (Highly Gifted), the series has tapped Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland (King of the Hill) to serve as showrunners. Here’s a look at the first of four upcoming webisodes to get viewers acquainted with Freewheelin’ Franklin Freek (Harrelson), Fat Freddy Freekowtski (Goodman), Phineas T. Phreakers (Davidson) and their cat, Kitty (Haddish). In the clip below, our time-displaced “freaks” are in search of The Colonel’s original fried chicken recipe. Unfortunately, they find out who they have to go through to get it: Donald Trump (John Di Domenico).
In 1969, life in San Francisco consists of free love, communal living, and political protest. Freewheelin’ Franklin Freek (Harrelson), Fat Freddy Freekowtski (Goodman), Phineas T. Phreakers (Davidson) and their mischievous, foul-mouthed cat, Kitty (Haddish) spend their days dodging many things — the draft, the narcs and steady employment – all while searching for an altered state of bliss.
But after partaking of a genetically mutated strain of marijuana, the Freaks wake up 50 years later to discover a much different society. Quickly feeling like fish out of water in a high-tech world of fourth-wave feminism, extreme gentrification, and intense political correctness, the Freaks learn how to navigate life in 2020 — where, surprisingly, their precious cannabis is now legal.
Krinsky, Althschuler, Daniel Lehrer, and Jeremy Lehrer produce, with Workaholics alums Adam Devine and Blake Anderson executive producing. Canton and Solomon for WTG Enterprises, Gilbert Shelton, and Manfred Mroczkowski also executive produce, with Jeffrey S. Edell serving as co-executive producer. Starburns Industries (Rick and Morty) and Pure Imagination Studios (The Simpsons) are handling animation.
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