WATCH: Kurt Vile, A$APs Rocky and Ferg, Nick Kroll, Jessica Chastain, Rob Corddry, Many Others Voice Animals in New HBO Animated Series
"I'm a job creator, watch this."
Most animals talk. We can all agree on that, right? That when we’re not around, animals are all totally talking to one another and are just like us? Okay, good.
HBO’s new animated series Animals operates from this same totally normal and healthy mindset. The show, which premieres February 5 on the pay network, follows the private lives of various New York City animals as they comment sardonically on the world around them and suffer through personal crises. Which basically makes them everyday New Yorkers. As Stereogum notes (via Pitchfork), the first season will feature guest appearances from pretty much everyone in the world of alternative comedy—Nick Kroll, Rob Corddry, Adam Scott, Marc Maron, Eric Andre, Wanda Sykes, Nathan Fielder, Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, Molly Shannon, Kumail Nanjiani, and Horatio Sanz all appear, as does actress Jessica Chastain. Also lending their voices will be musicians Kurt Vile and A$APs Rocky and Ferg.
There’s no telling who or what any of these people will be playing (though that does seem to be Sykes in the role of job-creating horse in the teaser), but HBO apparently feels strongly enough about the show to have already ordered a second season from the show’s producers, the Duplass brothers (Safety Not Guaranteed, HBO’s Togetherness). HBO picked up the show following the screening of a few episodes at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.
HBO has released a brief teaser ahead of the show’s debut. You can watch that—and the show’s original trailer from Sundance—below.
Animals premieres February 5 on HBO.