Liberty Media’s Starz premium cable network is getting animated with The ‘Wood, a series of original animated shorts produced by 23D Films. The tongue-in-cheek vignettes employ hand-drawn animation and Adobe After Effects to spoof Hollywood with interviews of six bear characters living the celebrity life. The initial installments are currently rolling out on Starz and will be accompanied by new shorts later this month.
The various characters in The ‘Wood are intended to satirize the most common types of Hollywood players. This version of Tinsel Town is populated by rapper turned actor Arctic Circle, insecure action hero Bruin McTeague, it-girl ing’nue Epiffany, aging film legend Maximillian Rugg, comic maniac Roman Fjords and oblivious female lead Ursula Majors.
‘Starz is the perfect outlet to celebrate and razz the entertainment industry, which provides me with a great deal of satisfaction,’ says ‘Wood designer and animator John Mathot. ‘It’s a ton of fun to bring these characters to life, and I hope people will get a kick out of them.’
Founded in 1996, 23D Films is a full service design, motion graphics and animation production studio located in the heart of Hollywood. The studio is staffed with classically trained character animators and veterans of such hit shows as South Park, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Futurama and Ren & Stimpy. More information on the companycan be found at www.23Dfilms.com.