As it sets out to carve out a market for short-form streaming, Quibi is ramping up its programming slate — and that includes animation. The forthcoming platform’s latest announcement is Gloop World, a new stop-motion series from Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland.
The show is described as a clay-based stop-motion series that chronicles the absurd but strangely relatable lives of roommates Bob Roundy and Funzy, two anthropomorphic blobs who navigate the malleable suburbia and outskirts of Gloop World. Roiland is developing the project with John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Harvatine will direct it at the studio, which has produced Robot Chicken and Supermansion.
In a statement, Roiland said:
Gloop World has been a dream of mine to make for almost seven years. A tactile clay animation show with a mysterious, weird, and expansive world and really fun characters, fingerprints and all. I couldn’t have done this without the folks at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, who understood exactly what I meant when I wanted the clay animation to have an imperfect approach, where you can see the animators in the work. I want the Gloop characters to feel like you can reach into your phone and gram them yourself. Can’t wait to share this weird, silly show with the world!
Harvatine added, “Ever since I first saw Gumby, I was fascinated with clay as a medium. Gloop World is funny, and it’s innovative, and Quibi is the perfect home for this show.” Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’s Seth Green, Harvatine, Matthew Senreich, Towner, and Chris Waters will serve as executive producers.
Ahead of its U.S. launch on April 6, Quibi is going on a commissioning spree to rival the major streamers. The company has already announced three other animated series, including an adaptation of Anthony Piper’s superhero comic Trill League, executive-produced by rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
The company is the brainchild of Hollywood mogul and Dreamworks Animation founder Jeffrey Katzenberg. Its series will consist of episodes of between eight and ten minutes, with short daily news and sports programming also offered See Quibi’s official website for more.