‘Animals’ is an American animated comedy television series that has been created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano. After proving its worth on the big screen, animation has made its way to our television screens also. This show is one such animated comedy series. As the name suggests, you will find animals of every variety, be it cats, dogs, pigeons, flies or squirrels. After its independent premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the show was made a television series, which has been quite successful. Each season follows a different storyline. Various comedy artists lend their voices for the show.
The series airs on HBO and first premiered on February 5, 2016. Using animals in an animated format to tell stories that are pertinent to human society is not a novel concept. In fact, Wes Anderson has done it several times, be it in ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ or ‘Isle of Dogs’. If you have seen these films, you can begin to grasp the direction in which the show tries to take us, displaying that the woes of non-human urban species are strikingly similar to our own.
Naturally, this approach intrigued audiences and the show managed to gather a decent fan following. Critics too praised it, saying that the deadpan approach that this series takes makes the off the wall comedy all the more delicious. They also described the series as being brilliant and batty and turning a lot of notions upside down. Read on about this show here.
Animals Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Animals’ includes Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano. Not only do they appear as themselves, but they also lend their voices to the characters of various humans and animals. Over the seasons, there have been several notable recurring and guest characters. One of the most notable recurring characters has been Demi Moore of ‘Indecent Proposal‘ and ‘A Few Good Men‘ fame, who appears as The General, the human antagonist in the third season of the show.
Among the recurring animal characters, is Lauren Lapkus of ‘Orange is the New Black‘ fame, who is seen in the role of Jacob, CO298. However, the most notable part of the show is its guest cast which has had a host of celebrities over the seasons. It speaks tons about the show’s popularity to know that so many famous people have been involved with it. Some of the names that stand out include Aziz Ansari of ‘Master of None‘ fame, Emilia Clarke who is now known worldwide for playing the role of Daenerys Targaryen in ‘Game of Thrones‘, Awkwafina of ‘Crazy Rich Asians‘ fame, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland of ‘Rick and Morty‘ fame, Jonah Hill of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘ fame, and Cobie Smulders, who is best known for playing Robin in ‘How I Met Your Mother‘ before she became Agent Hill in the popular MCU movies. There are several others like Usher and Whoopi Goldberg who have also been involved in the show.