Sit Down, Shut Up pilot
This past Sunday, Fox premiered its new animated series Sit Down, Shut Shut Up. Born in Australia and reinterpreted through Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz, the series has arrived with little fanfare but a quality timeslot. I’m not sure if Fox is trying to kill it yet or not.
Sit Down, Shut Up is surprisingly visually striking, utilizing animation over top of set photographs. It’s really interesting, but not distracting. This type of animation gives the frames greater detail with little additional effort (I assume we can expect to see the same backdrops reused). There are little jokes caught in the background, such as what teachers should if a student is choking (hint: drag him off school grounds).
The cast is extremely overqualified. We have Arrested Development alums Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Henry Winkler along with current/former SNL members Will Forte, Cheri Oteri, and Kenan Thompson* as well as voice acting mainstay Tom Kenny**. The characters are cast as you would expect them: Jason Bateman plays a nice guy who is in love with someone but can’t tell her, Will Arnett plays an over-the-top obnoxious jock, Henry Winkler a sad-sack teacher with a penchant for pornography, and Kenan Thompson is a large black woman.
Character design was done by Mo Willems, who did the character design for Sheep in the Big City, a short-lived but favorite cartoon of mine. Like Sheep, Sit Down delivers plenty of fourth wall-breaking laughs and clever quips. This show doesn’t have infinite potential, but I think it’ll be solid. I’m really hoping this series is given a fair chance by Fox, but unfortunately, I wouldn’t surprised if it ends up with only a Clone High-like run.
*I love that Kenan Thompson started on All That in the Good Burger sketches and ended up on SNL. I feel kind of bad for Kel though.
**That Tom Kenny and Jill Talley are the couple in the “Tonight, Tonight” video is one my favorite bits of Smashing Pumpkins trivia.
Arbitrary song of the day: Hot Chip – Ready for the Floor