5 items from 2016
Prynoski’s animation studio Titmouse, Inc. is the production company behind Adult Swim’s The Venture Brothers and Metalocalypse, so it’s no surprise he managed to collect comedians as talented and disparate as Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Ron Lynch, Mike Judge and Hannibal Buress to lend their voices to his first animated feature. So, it’s a shame – a painful, crying shame – then that such talent should be squandered on such a hapless piece of bad-humored social commentary.
Nerdland tells the painfully recognizable story of John (Rudd) and Elliot (Oswalt), two deluded slackers in Los Angeles whose dreams of stardom are continually cut short by their lack of discernible talent. They pretend to be dating Sally (Kate Micucci) and Linda »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
A month after “Sausage Party” made a raunchy splash at South by Southwest, the Tribeca Film Festival showcased its own adults-only animated film, “Nerdland.” The Hollywood-set black comedy opened the fetival’s Viewpoints section with a starry cast — including Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt and Reid Scott (“Veep”) — and a lot of cartoon content that’s entirely inappropriate for Saturday morning TV.
Just how inappropriate? Here are just a few of the tongue-in-cheek depravities that you won’t want the kiddies to see:
Butt cheeks caressing a stripper pole. Lube. Anal beads. A blow-up sex doll. Exploding heads. A bit of graphic disembowelment. Oh, and lots and lots of bouncing breasts.
“And anytime there’s a pair of underpants, you have to ask them to remove some of the soil, »
- Gordon Cox
The hunger for Hollywood fame gets profanely skewered by “Nerdland,” an orgy of animated R-rated raunch from Titmouse, Inc. (creators of TV’s “Motorcity,” “Metalocalypse” and “Superjail!”) and its head honcho, Chris Prynoski. With a scuzzy style to match its sleazeball vision of spotlight desperation and depravity, this Tinseltown satire — led by voice work from Paul Rudd and Patton Oswalt — revels in the foulness of 21st-century pop culture, albeit to a degree that’s ultimately both exhausting and redundant. Its extremeness should satisfy fans of the studio’s wild, rapid-fire comedy style, but broader theatrical prospects seem dim.
From garbage-strewn apartments to billboards covered in bird crap and overpasses populated by puking weirdos, “Nerdland” imagines L.A. as a festering sore overrun by star-seeking cretins. Two such vermin are roommates Elliot (Oswalt) and John (Rudd), the former a string-beany aspiring screenwriter who’s working on a vengeful Rip Van Winkle »
- Nick Schager
Be warned, Dethklok fans: Adult Swim has heard your cries, and their response is brutal. For the past two years, Brendon Small has been trying to get his gruesome animated comedy ‘Metalocalypse’ picked up for a fifth and final season. The series ended in a cliffhanger with the 2013 musical special, “The Doomstar Requiem,” which saw the dark prophecies surrounding the wildly popular but incompetent death metal band Dethklok finally come to life. With Charles Offdensen no longer their manager and Murderface corrupted by an evil force, Small had planned to wrap things up with six final episodes, including a series finale called “Army. »
- Jeremy Fuster
R-rated animated movies are going to be having a moment this year. Seth Rogen and co. already teased "Sausage Party" at SXSW (our review), and next month at Tribeca, audiences will get their first look at "Nerdland," which earns its adults-only stripes and then some. Directed by Chris Prynoski ("Metalocalypse"), and featuring the voices of Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Mike Judge, and Reid Scott, the story follows two L.A. dudes on the cusp of turning 30, who dream of fame. Here's the synopsis: Aspiring actor John (Paul Rudd) and would-be screenwriter Elliot (Patton Oswalt) are two La dudes approaching their 30th birthdays without yet becoming the megawatt superstars they know they were meant to be. In a town built on who you know (and who knows you), the ambitious duo will set out on an all-day journey through their all-star rolodexes to make it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
5 items from 2016
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