Fans of adult animation have been looking forward to the release of the new Starz movie The Haunted World of El Superbeasto for some time now. Written and directed by Zombie and Mr. Lawrence (the voice of Plankton on SpongeBob SquarePants) and co-directed by veteran animator and character designer Carey Yost, this very grown-up movie will be available On Demand on Sept. 7, in select theaters Sept 12 and on DVD and Blu-ray (Anchor Bay) on Sept 22. Animation for the project was produced by Film Roman and Starz Media.
The eclectic and talented voice cast includes Tom Papa (who stars as El Superbeasto), Rosario Dawson, Danny Trejo, Paul Giamatti, Tom Kenny, Dee Wallace, Clint Howard, Cassandra Peterson, Joe Alaskey Rob Paulsen, Laraine Newman, Charles Adler and many more. While promoting his latest live-action pic Halloween 2, Zombie described the adult animated movie as a superhero monster sex comedy.
‘We got a bunch of top guys who worked on Shrek and all the Disney stuff, but animators are all a bunch of pervs anyway,’ Zombie told ew.com. ‘They were so happy to draw perverted s’. Paul Giamatti voices the main villain, Dr. Satan, and he’s hilarious. It’s part musical, and the songs are the best part. It’s a work of pure genius, and you don’t get that that often anymore start to finish.’
Zombie is especially pleased with some of the movie’s show-stopping numbers. ‘There’s one scene where the character Suzi X [voiced by Sheri Moon Zombie] is being chased by Nazi bikers and Hard ‘N Phirm, who did the music for the movie, did it in the style of a Scooby-Doo sorta groovy ’60s song except all they do is narrate the action on-screen like two stupid guys watching the movie. It’s like an X-rated Scooby-Doo. All the perverted things kids think about watching Scooby-Doo now come true.’
‘There’s another good song at the end called ‘Lesbian Catfight.’ ‘ he adds. ‘Two female characters get into a fight, but then suddenly the movie goes into slo-mo as if it’s through the eyes of all the other characters in the movie who are watching them and gettin’ turned on. There’s a great lyric that they sing: ‘It’s alright to jerk off to cartoons/ The Japanese do it every day/ So rub one out for the USA.’ It’s done in a country-western style. I wish I had written that! Celine Dion could’ve handled that one. It’s in her vocal range.’
Actor Paul Giamatti adds, ‘It’s basically a very dirty cartoon. It’s just a lot of sex and drugs and violence, which is good, because I think we need a cartoon like that. It’s like those ’70s cartoons like Fritz the Cat. I play this guy called Dr. Satan, who is trying to take over the world and may be gay or something. I don’t know!”
To find out more about this outrageous movie, visit the website at www.elsuperbeasto.com