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Adult Swim's original series have never been guilty what anyone would consider to be conventional storytelling, from Harvey Birdman to Frankenhole to its current hit Rick and Morty. And with Tyler the Creator's new animated comedy The Jellies, things are definitely taking the expected route of being as unexpected as possible. CinemaBlend recently spoke with stars Phil LaMarr and Carl Jones (also an executive producer) about the weirdness of The Jellies, and they both love how much the show is unlike anything else on TV. According to LaMarr:
Indeed. Especially on Adult Swim, where the motivation always seems to be coming up with the most left-of-center concept possible. In The Jellies, Phil LaMarr plays Cornell Jelly, an otherwise average 16-year-old who discovers that he's been adopted -- it arguably should have been obvious, considering his parents are jellyfish -- and he embarks on a quest to discover his true self, all while getting into awkward situations and having ridiculous adventures. Even at its most basic logline, The Jellies is pretty unique. But what's more, it's not just a show that's being weird for the sake of being weird.
If forced to make a quick comparison, I'd throw BoJack Horseman in as a choice, as this is similarly a world where people and anthropomorphic animals live harmoniously, and it's one where simple signs of humanity are ever-present. When The Jellies gets silly and weird, it's certainly those things, but there are also moments where characters behave as genuinely as they would in real life. Even in a world where one can be raised by quirky jellyfish, or where one can visit a retirement community full of past-their-prime hip hop musicians, being a teenager trying to find meaning in the world is something anyone can relate to. And that definitely separates this show from other Adult Swim series like Aqua Teen and The Eric Andre Show. (Though we can all relate to Eric Andre.)
According to Phil LaMarr and Carl Jones, the uniqueness that flows through The Jellies is easily attributable to Tyler, the Creator himself, as well as co-creator Lionel Boyce, who both developed and starred in Adult Swim's Loiter Squad a few years ago.
Starting off as a project released through Tyler, the Creator's Golf Media app, The Jellies isn't necessarily a show meant to be embraced by anyone and everyone. But those who tune in will find that even though it's far from the average TV comedy, there's still something universal about the story it's telling...even if you've never had a whale as a next-door neighbor.
The Jellies will be making its premiere on Adult Swim at 12:15 a.m. ET on Monday, October 23 (which will be on Sunday, October 22 for CT and MT). Stay tuned for more from my talk with Phil LaMarr and Carl Jones, and to see when everything else is hitting the small screen soon, head to our fall TV premiere schedule.