Tubi, a division of Fox Entertainment, adds to its growing roster of adult-focused animation with Breaking Bear, a new animal-based mobster parody series created by Julien Nitzberg (The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, Mike Judge Presents Tales From the Tour Bus).
- The show, described as Yogi-Bear-meets-The-Sopranos, “follows the escapades of three bear siblings who decide they have to start selling drugs in order to raise money and save their home after gas companies start fracking next to their cave. The bears soon enlist other forest animals in a scheme that will pit them against oil companies, The Russian Mafia, local Hell’s Angels, and polar bears who hate anything that isn’t white.”
- Bear joins a growing library of animated Tubi Originals, led by stoner comedy series The Freak Brothers, which got the streamer’s first ever series renewal this past spring.
- Breaking Bear is executive produced by Tom DeLonge (Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker), Stan Spry (Creepshow, Day of the Dead), Jeff Holland (Creepshow, Day of the Dead), Bradford Bricken (Twelve Forever), and Eric Woods (Creepshow, Harland Manor). Julien Nitzberg also serves as an executive producer and showrunner.
- Adam Lewinson, chief content officer for Tubi, said of the idea: “When The Cartel pitched a series with cartoon animals as mobsters, I knew it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. This is the perfect project to expand our adult animation offering after the stellar success of The Freak Brothers, cementing Tubi as a destination for adult humor.”
- In addition to his work in documentary with Whites, produced by Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine, and on Cinemax’s Tour Bus as a producer and writer, Nitzberg is also an award-winning musical theatre writer/director (The Beastly Bombing or A Terrible Tale of Terrorists Tamed By The Tangles Of True Love, For the Love of a Glove: An Unauthorized Musical Fable About the Life of Michael Jackson As Told By His Glove).
- The series is produced by Cartel Entertainment (Creepshow, Twelve Forever, Day of the Dead) and Tom DeLonge’s To The Stars Media (Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, Monsters of California).
Pictured Above: “Breaking Bear,” art by Mike Henry.