Those hosers from the Great White North are making a comeback in animated form and the FOX network has reportedly signed on to help with development. According to The Hollywood Reporter, FOX is lending support in producing the pilot episode of Animax’s The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie, a new series based on characters Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas created for the 1980s Canadian sketch comedy show SCTV. The primetime toon is being produced for Canada’s Global Television, which has ordered 15 episodes for air in 2009.
The McKenzie Brothers were born in 1980 when the Emmy Award-winning SCTV ran on CBC and NBC. Originally designed as filler segments aimed at Canadian viewers, the ‘Great White North’ skits quickly became the most popular part of the show and spawned a platinum selling, Grammy-nominated comedy album and a cult-favorite movie titled Strange Brew. More recently, Moranis and Thomas did a moose version of the act in the 2003 Disney animated feature Brother Bear.
The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie is set in the fictitious Canadian town of Maple Lake, where the title duo mix it up with their addled mom, their cousin Rupert and his girlfriend Mary Beth, their arch enemies the LeDoux brothers, wanton neighbors and even a raging reverend. Fans will also get to see the brothers on the job and holding court at the Skate N’ Bowl. Fellow Canadians Dave Coulier (Full House), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway?), Pat McKenna (Best Ed), Derek McGrath (Grossology), Ron Pardo (World of Quest), Jayne Eastwood (Ricky Sprocket, Showbiz Boy) and Ho Chow will join Thomas and Moranis in the voice cast.
In addition to lending their voices to their animated counterparts, Thomas and Moranis are exec producing the series, with animation being handled by Thomas’ creative studio, Animax Entertainment. Bob & Doug is part of Animax’s move into creating new original content. The seven-year-old company recently opened a satellite office in Toronto and moved into a new 12,000-square foot facility in Van Nuys, Calif.
FOX’s involvement suggests that the network is eying the project as a possible addition to its Animation Domination lineup, a Sunday-night block that currently features hit shows The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill and American Dad.