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He also voices one of the leads of Pacific Heat, Agent Todd Sommerville, as well as many of the villains of the series. Pacific Heat is an Australian production, built upon characters that have been around for about 20 years. That's important to know because of the inevitable comparison to a Us animated series we know and love.
Sitch took the time to explain a bit about Working Dog, how the characters have come to light, a bit about the humor that inspired them and the animation, as well as what you can expect from the series during a recent telephone interview, in which he didn't mind me taking the silly route, greeting him as Agent Todd Somerville.
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- Carissa Pavlica
Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
There are smatterings of humor in Pacific Heat – an animated cop spoof created by Aussie outlet Working Dog for Netflix, and incorporating the voice talents of Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Rebecca Massey, Lucia Mastrantone, and Tom Gleisner – that hint at the devotedly wacky, willingly meta send-up of adult animation as a genre that a show like it could one day become.
In one scene, a coarsely caricatured Asian drug lord (dubbed Mr. Bang Choi, naturally) is menacing the four members of the titular Pacific Heat special unit through a borderline-indecipherable accent, when his dialogue starts to appear at the bottom of the screen. His eyes flickering down, he yells, “Are you putting subtitles on me?” The villain seethes beside an army of gun-toting henchmen as an officer blithely reassures, “Just the key verbs.”
The joke lands but, unfortunately, such fourth-wall-breaking wisecracks are a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Pacific Heat, dubbed Australia.s first adult animation, will premiere on the Comedy Channel November 27.
The 13-part comedy series is based on the exploits of an undercover special unit known as 'Pacific Heat', established by police authorities to tackle everyone from petty crooks to international drug cartels. Unconventional, uncompromising and with an arrest rate second to none, the team are not afraid to operate outside the law — provided at least one of them is wearing a fluorescent safety vest.
Commissioned for Foxtel, the show has also. been picked up by Netflix for the Us, Canada and Ireland, where it will go online in early December.
.Adult animation has always »
- Staff Writer
Netflix is amping up its animated slate with a new comedy, “Pacific Heat,” hailing from award-winning Australian company Working Dog Productions, Variety has learned exclusively.
The series, which landed a 13-episode order for its initial season, will debut on Netflix Dec. 2 in the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Ireland. In Australia, the television partner is Foxtel and the series will premiere in late 2016.
“Pacific Heat” follows the exploits of a dynamic unit of undercover police investigators working on the glitzy Gold Coast of Australia. The glamorous, sophisticated and sun-drenched paradise masks a hot-bed of crime — everyone from drug smugglers and biker gangs to eco-terrorists and the person who invented frozen yogurt — and in order to tackle this seedy underbelly, police established a covert squad of highly-trained operatives, known as Pacific Heat. When criminals strike, the squad will be there in an unconventional and uncompromising manner, and not afraid to operate outside the law — provided at »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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