Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, who created the Netflix TV event with Kenya Barris, told IndieWire, “There are so many places this show could go.”
Even though they hugged an average of ten times,”entericScott creatorsJudy Kid“Miscody and Kenya Press They hadn’t originally imagined their TV event to be animated. “Some of us are convinced Netflix execs, Mike Moon, Elizabeth Porter, maybe this is a thing for animation,” Barriss told IndieWire over Zoom. “And we started talking about how we both loved ‘heavy metal’, we loved ‘Bambi’ and ‘Moana,’ and these things live forever. And so when you put those together sometimes, it can be a great thing.”
What started as an idea for an anthology series where, according to Miscudi, “the line, the theme in every episode, was love, and every episode was going to be a different cast, a different story,” turned into a 93-minute animated television special where he and Jessica Williams voice Jabari characters and Meadow, two New York City-based artists who live in the same apartment complex, trying to determine if their situation is too messy to fall in love with each other.
“I was going to do six to eight episodes, and I’m going to have one,” Miscudi said, elaborate on his “Entergalactic” premiere. “So [I said] What I can do is, I can take that episode, and expand it into an entire series. And then that’s kind of how it’s all born.” As for how to change it back into one long project, Barris said, “It went through some iterations. It was originally a movie, and it’s still sort of presented that way. We call it a TV event. We felt this was the best way to tell the story and reach as many people as possible, and it fits where Netflix needs this to be.”
The “Black-ish” creator added, “It also makes her feel really unique. I started working in TV and would probably finish my studies in TV, so I have a special love for that. And I think TV, who used to be the freckled red-haired step-son For filming, he’s now the lead in it. So it’s a TV event that we’re very proud of.”
Another innovative aspect of “Entergalactic” is how they serve as images for Kid Cudi’s new album of the same name. “I was always in this place thinking, ‘What else can I do? Otherwise, how can I stimulate people’s minds? The whole concept of doing this show, with the music that tells the story, has never happened before, Miscody said. “We’ve seen visual albums, but that’s just another beast altogether.”
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The burgeoning rapper and filmmaker, who also produced the critically acclaimed “X” and “Pearl” by T West this year, has a right to brag. Even the most acclaimed visual albums and music movies either rely more on the music or the story, while “Entergalactic” sees the two components as having a symbiotic relationship, with sound being an important part of the narration. “You’ll see a lot of people imitating, you’ll see a lot of people trying to grab a booty, I’m telling you now. But this is one,” said Miscudy, laughing.
Making sure the animation looks authentic was also important. Although he did not have much experience in the medium, Mescudi worked closely with the director Fletcher Mall To ensure “Entergalactic” feels like a one-of-a-kind experience on multiple fronts, “Sit back and enjoy months of different graphics and different designs, say no to this, say yes to that, change things here, change things there, and add this,” the musical actor. “I knew I wanted the characters to look like the voice actors because that’s something we don’t really get a chance to see, and I thought it would be cool for the voice actors to see themselves animated.”
In addition to Mescudi and Williams, “Entergalactic” features a vocal team that includes Timothée Chalamet, Vanessa Hudgens, Christopher Abbott, Laura Harrier, Macaulay Culkin, Jaden Smith and singer Ty Dolla $ign. Barris called him “one of the best young animatronic actors I’ve ever seen getting together,” and also made sure to mention that Virgil Abloh, the late Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director, designed the character’s costumes. “This becomes part of his legacy. And we always have to look and say that this was something he gave us. It is a true homage to him.”
Both creators are so proud of their final product that it took about three years to make. While Mescudi called “Entergalactic” his “biggest achievement as a producer, writer,” Barris said, “It’s definitely the thing that I feel I’ve taken the biggest swing from, and from which I’ve learned the most from things that have already been done, because it was off track.”
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Although the product has already left $100 million Dealing with Netflix For the launch of BET Studios, he sees “Entergalactic” as the best example yet of his ambitions while working with the streaming service, and he hopes “Entergalactic” will continue. “The intent of the animation is amazing. Every scene you see is intentional and there are no accidents. This is a really special project that I learned a lot from and it made me want to stretch my arms out a little bit more and be more active trying to do things like this,” said Paris.We can do it with other artists, We can do second seasons of this, we can continue the Jabari and Al-Marj relationship. The IP address of this has come out frankly to me saying this is something private and should continue.”
Mescudi shared the same sentiment, saying “I’m already echoing some thoughts about Season 2. Lots of new characters. We’ll see a lot of Meadow’s world this time around. More of her girls. We’ll see more of Jabari’s friends. Lots of my real-life friends I’ll incorporate there.” He added, “There are many places this show could go. I mean, we haven’t yet been able to see Jabari and Meadow as a couple, so that’s something we might want to see, and see what? Are they moving in together? Is that a thing? Or is it like Meadow, “No, I want to have my own space. These are all things I want to explore in season two.”
“Entergalactic” is now streaming on Netflix.