Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano is back to work for Animals HBO season 2. During the SXSW event, the creators of the show detailed their plans and guest stars for season two. The creators also shared how HBO ended up picking their small independent pilot. The two also offered sneak peeks for season two.
Animals HBO season 2 will return on with bigger guest stars
HBO’s animated comedy, Animals, will return on March 17, at 11:30 pm. The cable network recently released the first full trailer for the new season. The series received a double season order in 2015. Season two will feature some of the most recognizable voices in the scene today. Animals season two will feature the voice talents of Dan Harmon, Lauren Lapkus, Jason Alexander, Fred Armisen, Andy Richter, Tony Hale, Ice-T, Jon Lovitz and Andy Dick.
The second season will also have a number of high profile guests to treat fans. Some of the guests also included Solange, Kim Gordon, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Big Sean, and Usher. Other high-profile stars slated for voice cameos include RuPaul Charles and Whoopi Goldberg.
Each episode of Animals features a different cast if special guests besides the two show creators. Basically, the show features improvised dialogues and retro-scripting. The strategy of retro-scripting is to prepare a plot but letting the actors improvise their own dialogue.
The creators of the first two episodes of animals independently produced and presented the show at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015. In May 2015, HBO took the series in and ordered two seasons, with the first season airing on February 5, 2016.
The history of how HBO’s Animals came to being
When the first episode was made, only Matarese and Luciano was on board, who hoped to turn it into a full-fledged web series. The two kept the screenings of Animals in an exclusive small crowd in New York. However, their appearance on the prestigious festival led the Duplass brothers to discover the series. The brothers decided to fund the show independently.
The Duplass brothers invited numerous well-known comedians and voices to portray the characters. This led to the series’ becoming a hit at Sundance. The demand showed that the series needs a home in which HBO swooped in and gave the creators the freedom and creativity on the series.
HBO’s approval on giving a creative freedom on the series is essential because it heavily relies on improvisation. HBO allowed Matarese and Luciano to fully engorge into storytelling beyond the drama of humans. When improvising an episode, the creators are generally ‘hands-off’, except when a star needs some guidance to ease into his or her role.
Animals: Pigeons Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano’s 2013 short film