AMC+ has released first-look photos for the upcoming new half-hour, stop-motion, animated baby doll series, Ultra City Smiths — premiering Thursday, July 22. The series will air on AMC in the fall.
The reveal includes the character images for Kristen Bell (Queenpins, The Woman in the House) as Donella Pecker, Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Cheers) as Lady Andrea The Giant, Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Duck Butter) as Little Grace, Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show, RoboCop) as Carpenter K. Smith, Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name, The United States vs. Billie Holiday) as Detective Gail Johnson, Damon Herriman (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Underground Railroad) as Street Hustler Boy and Melissa Villaseñor (Saturday Night Live, Toy Story 4) as Sister Mary Margaret.
Donella Pecker (Kristen Bell) – Competent and compassionate government official. Hopes to help Ultra City become a safer place, but first she must deal with her childish husband, Congressman Chris Pecker (Dax Shepherd).
Lady Andrea the Giant (Bebe Neuwirth) – Former Women’s Heavyweight Wrestling Champion of the World. Dedicated mother who will do anything to protect her child, even if it means wrestling a series of chimps.
Little Grace (Alia Shawkat) – The daughter of Lady Andrea the Giant. Unwittingly embroiled with the wrong people. Must contend with the harshness of this town and solve her predicament against all odds.
Carpenter K. Smith (Kurtwood Smith) – Ultra City’s Last Bright Hope. Aspiring to make the city a gentler place via his bid for Mayor and his extraordinary wealth. But now no one can find him.
Det. Gail Johnson (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) – Veteran detective and partner of David Mills. Decorated, calm, no-nonsense. Married to her job to the possible detriment of her family life.
Street Hustler Boy (Damon Herriman) – Male prostitute aging out of work. Desperate to find a way to rehabilitate his partner’s ailing health.
Sister Mary Margaret (Melissa Villaseñor) – Catholic nun whose charity runs the local men’s shelter. Not what meets the eye.
Additional voice cast for the series includes Dax Shepard (Parenthood, The Ranch) as Congressman Chris Pecker, Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, Black Mirror) as Detective David Mills, John C. Reilly (Moonbase 8, Ralph Breaks the Internet) as Donovan Smith, Jason Mantzoukas (Big Mouth, Infinite) as Tim the TMZ reporter, Tim Heidecker (Moonbase 8, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) as Mayor Kevin de Maximum, Chris Conrad (Patriot, Perpetual Grace, LTD) as Nico Onasis, Hana Mae Lee (Patriot, The Babysitter: Killer Queen) as Christina, Tim Meadows (Schooled, No Activity) as Deputy Mayor Jeff Thumb, Terry O’Quinn (Lost, Patriot) as Captain Krieger, Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment, Shadowlands) as Trish McSapphire, Luis Guzmán (Shameless, Traffic) as Rodrigo Smalls, Julian Barratt (Truth Keepers, Killing Eve) as The Most Dangerous Man in the World, Sunita Mani (Evil Eye, Save Yourselves!) as Detective Jaya Mukherjee, and Tom Waits (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Dead Don’t Die) as The Narrator.
From AMC Studios and created by Steve Conrad (Patriot, Perpetual Grace) and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken, Crossing Swords), Ultra City Smiths unfolds via the stop-motion animation of baby dolls repurposed as a grown-up cast of characters. The series hinges on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of fictional metropolis Ultra City’s most famous magnate (Smith). Two intrepid detectives (Simpson and Randolph) follow the case, rallying to fight against their city’s dangerous corruption, at a high cost to themselves and their families, all in pursuit of a gentler place to call home.
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner and Chris Waters serve as executive producers along with Jennifer Scher. Jeff Dieter and Thomas J. Glynn are producers.
AMC Studios Content Distribution is managing worldwide sales of the series.