McCulloch of Tick cartoon fame and Patrick Warburton of live Tick
fame have a new project called The Venture Bros. The pilot episode
aired on Cartoon Network on Sunday, February 16th at 11:30.
have been told that the show will be picked up for 13 episodes.
The show is being written now by Chris McCulloch and Eric Hammer
and at least one episode is being written by Ben Edlund, creator
of The Tick.
the intent is to start animation in June, and the first episodes
will (hopefully) air next February or March. Tentatively, the
show will air at 11 pm Sunday nights on Cartoon Network.
Chris McCulloch, creator of The Venture Bros. and writer from
The Tick animated series and The Tick live series:
called "The Venture Bros." and at it's core it's kind
of a parody of the old Jonny Quest cartoons from the mid-sixties,
as well as The Hardy Boys and Tom Swift boys' adventure novels
of the past. So it's got elements of adventure, spy, science fiction
and even some comic book genre stuff. The Venture brothers, Hank
and Dean, are fraternal twins; teenaged idiots who think, act
and talk like it's the sixties (though it takes place in the present).
They're the sons of Dr. Venture, a world renowned scientist (mostly
world renowned due to the reputation of his late father, who though
we don't see him in the pilot was about as cool as Doc Savage
in his day) who can't really stand them. Doc pops "diet pills"
like candy and reeks of
failure and unrealized potential. Their family bodyguard, Brock
Samson, is a former secret agent who responds to any and all crises
with relentless, remorseless brutality. He's kind of a white trash
James Bond/Steve McQueen.
the pilot episode, the family travels to New York City because
Doc is scheduled to present his latest invention at an international
science convention at the United Nations. They are pursued by
The Monarch--a megalomaniacal, butterfly-themed supervillain unworthy
of James Bond or the Fantastic Four with a long time hatred of
Dr. Venture--and a mysterious
ninja, Otaku Senzuri, who wants to get his hands on the Doc's
invention. While Doc gives his presentation uptown, the boys get
lost in the city's seamy downtown--meeting hookers, muggers and
drug dealers as they flee The Monarch. And of course, no family
science fiction action adventure story would be complete without
supersonic jet airplanes, mummies, crocodiles and army guys."
Urbaniak ("Henry Fool", "Confessions of a Dangerous
Mind") as Dr. Venture
Patrick Warburton ("The Tick", "Seinfeld",
"Men in Black 2") as Brock Samson
Michael Sinterniklaas (voice of Leonardo in the new "Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles") as Dean Venture
the music of Steroid Maximus, Foetus and Manorexia (all of which
actually J.G. Thirlwell)