move, Robot Chicken, there’s a new stop-motion animated TV comedy with spooky characters on the horizon, and it stars a bunch of literal dolls. AMC gave Collider an exclusive first look at the characters in their upcoming Ultra-urban blacksmiths, and they look as hilarious and scary as you’d expect.
Ultra-urban blacksmiths is created by Steve Conrad (Patriot, Perpetual Grace, LTD), and produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot chicken, crossed swords). Conrad himself spoke to Collider to explain his upcoming show and teased at least one musical number.
Conrad describes Ultra-urban blacksmiths as “adult entertainment for former children”. The story unfolds like a whodunit, with a famous tycoon behind the show’s plot going missing, while two literal baby-doll sleuths follow the case. Conrad’s description fits perfectly with other stop-motion animated comedies like Robot Chicken, which uses action figures and real dolls to create very bizarre and very adult scenarios.
When asked what movie rating Ultra-urban blacksmiths reportedly, Conrad teased that the show would be rated “R”, but that doesn’t mean the tone is violent or rude, as the creator says the show has “a wide range of tones” and they aspired to a tone similar to “a great musical like Olivier Where Fat. This seems to confirm that the series will have a musical element, which we didn’t know about before. Conrad further teases this element when he tells us that “the two-minute musical number in episode one took two months to shoot” , so keep your eyes peeled for that number.
Animation tends to take a long time to do, especially stop-motion animation considering the craft involved. According to Conrad, “it took a little less than a year to do six episodes” of Ultra-urban blacksmiths. Yet even with the arduous process involved in bringing an animation project to fruition, Conrad tells us that the biggest challenge during production was “trying to sleep at night before realizing tom is waiting for the first time,” who serves as the show’s narrator.
Ultra-urban blacksmiths features a star-studded cast that includes Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Alia Shawkat, Terry O’Quinn, Debra Winger, Tim Meadows, Melissa Villasenor, and Jason Mantzoukas. But the one actor Conrad is most looking forward to is John C. Reilly, who plays a character known as “The Disco King of Ultra City”.
The first two episodes of Ultra-urban blacksmiths premiering on AMC+ on July 22, with each subsequent episode releasing weekly on Thursdays. The first season will also premiere on AMC this fall. You can take a look at the new character images and descriptions below:
GAIL JOHNSON (Da’Vine Joy Randolph): Veteran detective and partner of David Mills. Decorated, quiet, no frills. Married to her job to the possible detriment of her family life.
DONELLA PECKER (Kristen Bell): Competent and compassionate officer. Hopes to help Ultra City become a safer place, but first she must take care of her childish husband, Congressman Chris Pecker.
STREET HUSTLER BOY (Damon Herriman): Male prostitute aging without work. Desperate to find a way to rehabilitate his partner’s fragile health.
LADY ANDREA THE GIANT (Bebe Neuwirth): Former World Women’s Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. A devoted mother who will do anything to protect her child, even if it means battling a series of chimpanzees.
LITTLE GRACE (Alia Shawkat): Daughter of Lady Andrea the Giant. Unwittingly mixed up with the wrong people. Must face the harshness of this city and solve its problem against all odds.
CARPENTER K. SMITH (Kurtwood Smith): Ultra City’s last shining hope. Aspiring to make the city a kinder place via his mayoral bid and extraordinary wealth. But now no one can find it.
SISTER MARY MARGARET (Melissa Villasenor): Catholic nun whose charity runs the local men’s shelter. Not what meets the eye.
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