London-based entertainment company Cake, animation house Titmouse and brand owners C3 Entertainment have teamed up to create a "Three Stooges" animated series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The animated series will have 52 segments at 11 minutes a piece, which will showcase the Stooges' trademark slapstick humor. It will also use sparing dialogue, so that it will perform better across multiple platforms and in a global market. Christy Karacas (Adult Swim's "Superjail!") created the pilot and will direct. The new series hopes to draw in top creators who will offer their own takes on the characters.
The popular "Three Stooges" franchise originated in vaudeville before filming shorts in the 1930s and 1940s, then resurfaced in the 1960s when the aforementioned shorts were compiled for television. They received a feature film in 2012, and a sequel to it was recently announced by C3 Entertainment. In total, the Stooges have featured in over 220 films.
"When I signed on to helm this new show, I made a blood oath to my Dad that I would treat the Stooges brand like it was a newborn baby Fabergé egg," shared Titmouse president Chris Prynoski in a statement. "With the cartoon making team we have lined up at Titmouse, it's sure to be the most batty, bananas, insanely giggle-inducing version of the Three Stooges your eyeballs and brainhole have ever experienced. Dad, I won't let you down!"
Prynoski has signed on to executive produce alongside C3's Earl and Robert Benjamin and Cake’s Tom van Waveren and Edward Galton. Pablo Velez and Stephen Christy will produce.