Golden Age Hits the Motherload

Comedy Central today premieres Golden Age, which is touted as the first adult animated series to be produced by a major television network for broadband. New episodes of the series from Augenblick Studios will air weekly on the cabler’s broadband channel, dubbed Motherload.

Comedy Central has ordered 10 episodes of Golden Age, a dark comedy that uses hand-drawn and Flash animation to reveal the shocking true stories of classic cartoon characters. The first episode, which is now available for download, follows the scandalous career of Jerome, the gumdrop from the cartoons that promoted movie theater refreshments in the 1950s.

Golden Age is created and directed by Aaron Augenblick, who also writes the show with Tim Harrod, a staff writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Augenblick got his start working at MTV Animation on such shows as Daria, Cartoon Sushi and Downtown. Harrod used to write for The Late Show with David Letterman, and spent six years with award-winning humor publication The Onion. In 1999, he received the Thurber Prize for American Humor for the Onion’s New York Times-bestseller, Our Dumb Century.

Providing music for Golden Age is Bradford Reed, a member of King Missile III, whose noteworthy songs include “Detachable Penis’ and ‘Jesus Was Way Cool.’ The former Blue Man Group regular is the official musician of Augenblick Studios, and has created music for Cartoon Network, Sundance Channel, NBC and Spike TV.

Brooklyn-based Augenblick Studios previously produced animation for Comedy Central’s Shorties Watchin’ Shorties, and now produces twisted animated shorts for the MTV2 cult hit, Wonder Showzen. The company’s other clients include VH1, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. In addition to commercial projects, the studio has produced such short films as Ramblin Man (2000), Drunky (2001) and Plugs McGinniss (2003), which have been seen at Annecy, South by Southwest, Slamdance and other film festivals around the world.

For more information on Augenblick Studios, go to www.augenblickstudios.com. Golden Age can be viewed at www.comedycentral.com/motherload.