Amazon is diving head first into the animated space.
The retailer/streaming service has handed out a straight-to-series order for Undone, its first half-hour animated comedy series.
Undone, which will premiere worldwide in 2019, explores the nature of reality through its central character, Alma (voiced by Rosa Salazar, the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel). After getting into a near-fatal car crash, Alma discovers she has a new relationship with time and uses the ability to find out the truth about her father’s death. Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces) voices Alma’s younger sister.
Undone was co-created by BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and recent WGA Award winner Kate Purdy (BoJack Horseman). Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company will produce the series, which is in preproduction. The deal extends Eisner’s relationship with Bob-Waksberg, with whom he also executive produces Netflix’s recently ordered animated series Tuca and Bertie. Tornante’s Noel Bright and Steven A. Cohen (BoJack) as well as Tommy Pallotta will exec produce alongside Bob-Waksberg and Purdy. Dutch artist Hisko Hulsing (Montage of Heck) will oversee the production design and direct a team of animators in the Netherlands. Animation will be done by Dutch co-producer and Amsterdam-based studio Submarine and Austin, Texas-based studio Minnow Mountain.
“We’re delighted to greenlight our first animated half-hour series,” said Sharon Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios. “Kate and Raphael are dynamic and creative forces, and I know they will create an amazing series for us. I can’t wait for our customers to see it in 2019.”
Undone is the first animated half-hour series picked up by Amazon, which is utilizing talent from Netflix hit BoJack Horseman to make a run at the streaming giant. Amazon has had experience in animation before, but it was targeted primarily at children, with series including Creative Galaxy, Danger & Eggs and Niko and the Sword of Light, among others.
The Amazon order comes as Netflix continues to ramp up its animated offerings with Tuca and Bertie, a straight-to-series order from BoJack Horseman‘s Lisa Hanawalt, Bob-Waksberg and Eisner’s Tornante, with Tiffany Haddish set to star. Netflix’s animated roster also includes Big Mouth, F Is for Family and Castlevania, among other youth-oriented fare.
Bob-Waksberg, repped by CAA, Principato-Young and Morris Yorn, also counts The Lego Movie Sequel among his writing credits.
Salazar is with Paradigm and Nelson Davis.
Purdy, who wrote the BoJack Horseman episode that won a WGA Award for animated comedy, is with CAA and Odenkirk Provissiero.