Friday, October 07, 2016

Tom Tomorrow

An entertainment journal tells us:

Animation house Film Roman announced today that it has optioned This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow, the long-running and acclaimed weekly comic strip written and drawn by Dan Perkins, with plans for an episodic series to be co-executive produced by company founder and legendary animator Phil Roman. ...

One of the seminal works of underground political cartooning of the the last 30 years, This Modern World has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Economist, as well as a host of independent weeklies since its launch in 1988. ...

The planned animated series will retain the political and social bent of the original strip and in the words of executive producer Jeff Segal, who is developing the series for Film Roman, will be aiming at “essentially the same demographic as The Simpsons“. ...

Film Roman left its Burbank location months ago, after The Simpsons departed for Fox Animation and the company founded by Phil Roman had no work in either development or production. FR has now settled in the West Valley with a small staff and its founder.

Phil Roman's company has come a long way from its start with Garfield and Friends in the 1980s. After Garfiled there was Bobby's World, Mother Goose and Grimm, Mighty Max, Richie Rich and Bruno the Kid. There was King of the Hill and The Simpsons. For a time in the '80s and '90s, the studio was the independent animation facility in Southern California, making many of the coolest kid shows. Along the way, Phil R. left the company as corporate finances suffered, then suffered some more, but now there's the prospect of a new beginning with Tom Tomorrow, and we wish the organization well.


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