U.K.-based Wildseed Studios has released the first episodes of a new animated series based on the work of underground comic-strip artist Ralph Kidson on its YouTube channel.
Wildseed, co-founded by Miles Bullough, former head of broadcast at Aardman Animations, and former BBC creative executive Jesse Cleverly, plans to become a hub for animation for grown-ups and for female character comedy.
First to go live is the Kidson-based short Battle at Serengeti, in which punchy and loutish animals launch into foul-mouthed tirades against each other at the slightest provocation. The studio plans to adapt two more of Kidson’s strips: Animal Job Centre and God and Jesus.
Take a look at the NSFW short:
“It was Ralph’s writing and irreverent, dry social commentary as much as his comic-man-ship that stood out,” said Cleverly.
The studio also plans pilots for new animated series for grown-ups from The Spin Kick Brothers, Nicholas Bowe, Joel Veitch & David Shute and a comic book from cult comic artist and illustrator Jack Teagle.
“It is telling that there is no category for adult animation at the British Animation Awards this year,” says Bullough. “There is also a misconception in the British broadcasting community that British adult animation ‘doesn’t work.’ Wildseed Studios is here to demonstrate that there is a new generation of U.K. talent ready to discredit this idea.”
The studio also has released the first episode of a live-action comedy series titled Heather’s American Medicine.
Wildseed Studios is looking for creators to submit their original ideas in four genres: genre fiction (sci-fi/horror/fantasy), animation for adults, character comedy and kids 6-11. Creatives can submit their ideas at www.wildseedstudios.com/sending-ideas-to-wildseed.