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Disney’s New Digital Series ‘Ginger Snaps’ Is Definitely Not For Kids

It’s safe to say that the Walt Disney Company has never aired an animated series like Ginger Snaps on any of its platforms.

The first episode of the short-form digital comedy series revolves around a troop of girl scouts trying to exploit someone’s cancer for financial gain, while the second episode is about a girl scout’s encounter with someone she believes to be a pedophile. Then, there’s dialogue exchanges like this:

“Yeah, but wouldn’t it be nice to have the cash for a new pair of shoes without having to do mouth stuff first.”

“Mom should have sold you into white slavery when she had the chance.”

“She should have let you have that sex change when you asked.”

Ginger Snaps is an animated series about a group of girl scouts that run their troop like a drug cartel,” explains series creator Sono Patel. The nine-episode series was picked up by and launched in mid-June by ABCd, the digital-first media division of Disney’s ABC network, but the series is produced by Warner Bros. Television Group’s Blue Ribbon Content unit.

The project emerged out of WB Television Workshop’s Fresh Ink initiative, a program “dedicated to seeking out original and diverse voices, with the goal of developing comedy and drama ideas from women and ethnic minority writers into viable pilot scripts for sale to broadcast and cable networks.”

Patel, a writer on CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and NBC’s A to Z, initially pitched and sold Ginger Snaps as a live-action project back in 2014. The project was redeveloped for animation at Blue Ribbon Content, WB’s shortform digital content unit headed up by veteran cartoon exec Sam Register, who is also currently the president of Warner Bros. Animation.

The series features the voices of Lauren Lapkus, Cree Summer, Aparna Nancherla, Ashley Tisdale, Maria Bamford, and Kari Wahlgren, Carlos Alazraqui, and Brian Posehn.

It’s not clear whether the series will extend beyond the nine episodes that Disney recently released, but ABC has confirmed that it’s scaling back on ABCd, though it will continue to produce short-form digital-first content for other platforms.

  • Ivan Dixon

    By the way we designed, storyboarded and animated entirely in Australia under one roof as a collaboration between Rubber House and Bogan Entertainment Solution.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I heard the original series title was Baking Bad.

    • Matthew

      That was my first thought, too.

  • Sounds like a more care-free version of the Ren and Stimpy episode “Eat my Cookies” (“Alright, alright, cut the crap.”)..

  • Googamp32

    And Disney STILL hasn’t made its first R rated movie. (Touchstone movies don’t count)

    • Fried

      Something like Ginger Snaps can fly under the radar even with the Disney name attached, but a film that opens up with the Disney logo is a little dicey for a company like them. I remember rumors of one production featuring talking animals that basically had adult comedy humor and when Eisner I think it was saw a test screening, he shut it down instantly.

      The only way I can imagine Disney doing an R-Rated film is if it’s in a “respectful” manner. A movie about war or a biopic that just barely edges its need for that rating. Not a Seth Rogen-type comedy or something that begs for the rating like Gran Torino or Pulp Fiction.

      • Mike

        I believe the story you’re refering to in the first paragraph was about Wild Life, a film the studio was developing in the late 90s featuring a singing elephant during the 70s in a fictionalized New York nightclub setting. It would have been WDAS’s first fully CG film and the second film produced by their “Secret Lab” (formerly Dream Quest Images) after Dinosaur. Talents such as Hans Bacher, Floyd Norman, Buck Lewis and Jeff Ranjo were all attached to the film.

        However, the film contained plenty of sexual double entendres and mature references that ultimately led to its demise. Roy Disney order an immediate shutdown during a WIP screening after hearing one of two homosexual characters mention that he has never been down a “manhole” before while entering a sewer system.

        • Inkan1969

          Actually, what I heard was that the movie had a graphic sight gag where the elephant defecated onscreen, and that was the joke that made Roy Disney kill the project. I could imagine how misguided the staff’s sense of humor had become if they tried to pull off such a sight gag. Although I bet if they made this movie now, a lot of the gay jokes would not seem so “edgy”.

        • barrett

          I was really excited about “Wild Life” when I heard about it in development. I wasn’t at all surprised when it failed to happen, as the whole premise sounded very non-Disney (which is why I loved the idea of Disney animators doing it.) I do wonder – was it in any way related to the eventually-released execrable 3D feature “The Wild”? It was Disney branded but not made by them, and basically failed immediately and was forgotten.

        • Matthew

          Sounds like a cross between DUMBO and THE RITZ.

          That should have gone straight (no pun intended) to Touchstone.

  • Well, there’s six minutes I’ll never get back…

  • Roca

    I dont have a problem with these adult-aimed cartoons, but I worry that kids will watch it anyway. It’s like beer cans with cartoons on them or fruit flavored cigarettes.

    • Matthew

      First they came for Uncle Remus…

  • Inkan1969

    So it’s not a series actually made by Disney. It’s by Warner instead.

    Disney already aired the adult-oriented show “Slacker Cats” on ABC Family. I don’t think this “Ginger Snaps” show is unprecedented then.

  • StephaneDumas

    That reminds me of an earlier Canadian-Australian co-production toon, Quads based from the comic strip created by the late John Callahan.

  • Lee

    lets just put this on adult swim now and save the hassle

    • Inkan1969

      I think would fit better on Comedy Central in the time slot after “South Park”, where all adult cartoon grossout comedies go to fade away.

  • Andres Molina

    The first episode is actually really good. I really think this would make a great tv show if they’re careful. Though first, I like the idea of an adult show that looks like a cartoon, rather than go for straight up crass and shock humor. Though at first, when I read the headline of this article, I was both shocked and thrilled, believing that, finally after all these years, Disney animation is finally going to produce an adults-only animated show with the Disney name, then I realized it was produced by two independent companies and Warner Bros, the excitement wore down, because god forbid Disney to make R-rated TV-MA rated cartoons and films. No one will probably take me seriously for what I’m about to say, but I bet there is someone at Walt Disney Animation Studios, no, better, I bet you that the folks at Pixar at one point had the idea, or just even the mere thought of doing an R-rated or a PG-13 rated film while they were an independent studio, and I bet you some of the filmmakers at Disney wanted to make an R-rated, or even a PG-13 animated film, but they all decided to stick to G/PG films because of their association/restrictions of the Disney company, out of the idea that doing someone heavier than PG would damage the brand. I always thought that had Pixar joined Warner Bros in the mid-2000’s instead of renewing their relationship with, and being purchased by Disney, Pixar would probably already made a PG-13, or at least an extremely heavy PG film. Anyway, I hope Bob Iger’s successor will embrace the idea of more adult-oriented animation. Anyway, I like this show already.

  • Andres Molina

    While I do think there is potential with what they have, I’m actually really questioning the rating the show got. Its TV-MA, yet after seeing all the episodes, I actually don’t understand why it got the rating it got. I mean, yeah, the show does have some pretty crass content and some very adult situations that unsuitable for children, but there are some other shows that are just as bad, if not worse in content then what we have here. Family Guy is much worse than Ginger Snaps, that show has grotesque gore, very sexual and inhumane innuendo, swearing (something Ginger doesn’t even have), and shock humor, yet it only has a TV-14 rating. Maybe there’s something in Ginger Snaps that something like Family Guy doesn’t have, but I don’t really see the reason for a TV-MA rating.

  • wikcat

    “You appear to be outside the United States or its territories. Due to international rights agreements, we only offer this video to viewers located within the United States and its territories.”

    oh man

    • Barrett

      Region-coding promotional stuff is so retarded. Any publicity is good publicity.

  • Inkan1969

    I’m baffled as to how this was originally meant to be a live action project. Were they going to use adult actors to play the girl scouts? People would be outraged if they used actual children to do this kind of gags.