As we reported in January, Bristol, U.K. animation house Celluloid Dreams is producing a stop-motion animated feature film based on Gilbert Shelton’s underground comic-book series, The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Now footage from the film, titled Grass Roots, has popped up on popular video sharing site YouTube.com.
Grass Roots is directed by Dave Borthwick, whose previous credits include the cult favorite feature The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb and the original British version of Doogal: The Magic Roundabout. This latest effort is being shot by Dave Alex Riddett, who served as cinematographer for Aardman Animations on Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and the Nick Park shorts A Close Shave and Creature Comforts.
In the upcoming film, the three Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers get hold of some experimental weed that the government hopes to use to control the marijuana market. The boys discover some interesting side effects of the dope and find themselves on the run from the feds. The chase leads them to a remote hiding place where they plan to retire and grow pot, only to find that the secret government marijuana farm is just over the wall. No release date or other details have been unveiled at this time.
Shelton, whose Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers series has been a favorite on the underground comic scene for more than 35 years, recently published the first new strip in 10 years. It can be viewed on the web at www.fabulousfurryfreakbrothers.com. You can watch the YouTube footage from Grass Roots at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YINWUjFQRDU.