Thursday, August 22, 2013

"Bigfoot Cartoon TV Pilot Ordered from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg

FX Networks has ordered a pilot for Bigfoot, a new animated series produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The show is based on a series of graphic novel “autobiographies” centered on the mythical forest-dwelling creature and written by Graham Roumieu, who also produces. The pilot – written by Matt McKenna "American Dad" will portray Bigfoot as an average guy grappling with his animal nature and the minutiae of everyday life.

That fish-out-of-water concept could potentially produce some hilarious moments, especially if Bigfoot is able to tap into the so-strange-it’s-funny tone that Seth MacFarlane shows like American Dad and Family Guy have popularized. However, one can’t help be reminded of another series that attempted to take hair-covered humanoids and put them in an everyday setting, namely the notorious (and short-lived) ABC series Cavemen.
That show was, of course, based on a popular series of Geico commercials and received overwhelmingly scathing reviews and only aired six episodes before it was pulled from ABC’s schedule. Given that Bigfoot is an animated series (and not live-action as Cavemen was), it has the potential to find an audience if it secures a solid writing team, but it will be an uphill battle, at the very least.