HBO Max has ordered two re-imagined seasons and a 50-minute particular of The Boondocks, with the property’s creator, Aaron McGruder, returning as showrunner. Created by McGruder in 1996, the unique Boondocks cartoon adopted younger Huey Freeman and his brother Riley as they relocate from the West Aspect of Chicago to stay with their grandfather, Robert, in a predominantly white suburban neighorbood in Woodcrest, Maryland. McGruder lated tailored his comics into an animated TV sequence for Grownup Swim, which aired for a complete of 4 seasons from 2005 to 2014.
The Boondocks comics and cartoon present drew reward and controversy in typically equal-measure for his or her usually blisteringly satirical examination of all the pieces from racial identification to social privilege, politics, and movie star tradition. McGruder was by no means one to shrink back from provocative subjects both, utilizing the IP to weigh in on prickly points throughout the 00s (be they the insurance policies of the Bush Administration or the sexual abuse allegations in opposition to Michael Jackson and R. Kelly). The TV present was particularly daring on this regard, making the most of the truth that it may get away with issues that its newspaper counterpart by no means may.
Whereas a number of the satire in The Boondocks comics and animated sequence holds as much as at the present time (and, in choose instances, is equally related), a few of it, naturally, doesn’t. Luckily, McGruder will get an opportunity to revisit the franchise with The Boondocks revival, which is now transferring ahead at HBO Max (after Sony Footage Animation, which is producing, introduced it will be rebooting the TV sequence in June). You may learn McGruder’s assertion concerning the information beneath, adopted by the official paintings for the “re-imagined” present.
“There’s a novel alternative to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over once more for at present. It’s loopy how completely different the occasions we stay in are actually – each politically and culturally – greater than a decade previous the unique sequence and 20 years previous the unique newspaper comedian. There’s rather a lot to say and it ought to be enjoyable.”
HBO has additionally issued a synopsis for The Boondocks revival that sheds some gentle on how the TV sequence will strategy life within the yr 2019. In response to the logline, the present will as soon as once more comply with “self-proclaimed ‘Civil Rights Legend'” Robert and his grandsons as their neighborhood in suburban Maryland is taken over by “the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his weird neo-fascist regime”. For these not acquainted, Uncle Ruckus is an aged self-despising man who’s brazenly racist in opposition to different black individuals, votes Republican, and incessantly served as an antagonist through the unique Boondocks TV present (having made his debut within the comics first in late 2004).
Along with ordering two seasons and a particular of The Boondocks revival, HBO Max will make all 55 episodes from the unique The Boondocks cartoon sequence out there for viewing by means of the streaming service when it launches. Suffice it to say, it will likely be attention-grabbing to see what the reboot has to say concerning the state of issues in its new kind, and whether or not it manages to have the identical cultural influence as its predecessor. In any case, there’s an entire lot of fabric that McGruder and his collaborators can draw from as they write the present’s newest episodes.
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The Boondocks revival will premiere within the fall of 2020.
Supply: HBO Max
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