Tubi is making further moves into the adult animation space with the announcement that they had greenlit the series ‘Breaking Bears’ for their ad-based streaming service. Cartel Entertainment developed the series which was created by Julien Nitzberg (‘The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia’) and Tom DeLonge’s To The Stars Media (‘Monsters of California,’ ‘Unidentified’). Describing the show as ‘Yoga Bear’ meets ‘The Sopranos,’ it will parody and satirize other crime family films and TV shows.
“BREAKING BEAR follows the escapades of three bear siblings who decide they have to start selling drugs in order to raise money and save their home after gas companies start fracking next to their cave. The bears soon enlist other forest animals in a scheme that will pit them against oil companies, The Russian Mafia, local Hell’s Angels and polar bears who hate anything that isn’t white,” Tubi says on their website.
They also released a “first look” at the main character designs:
Tubi Chief Content Officer Adam Lewinson expressed his excitement for the project, saying, “When The Cartel pitched a series with cartoon animals as mobsters, I knew it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
He continued, “This is the perfect project to expand our adult animation offering after the stellar success of THE FREAK BROTHERS, cementing Tubi as a destination for adult humor.”
Stan Spry (‘Creepshow,’ ‘Day of the Dead’), Jeff Holland (‘Creepshow,’ ‘Day of the Dead’), Bradford Bricken (‘Twelve Forever’), and Eric Woods (‘Creepshow,’ ‘Harland Manor’) join DeLong and Nitzberg as executive producers for ‘Breaking Bears.’
This is the second original adult comedy from Tubi following ‘The Freak Brothers‘ which was renewed for a second season. The show is based on a 1968 comic strip in the pages of the underground newspaper ‘The Rag’ published in Austin, Texas. They would later appear in ‘Feds ‘n’ Heads,’ ‘Playboy,’ ‘High Times,’ and ‘Rip Off Comix.’ There would be a number of compilations including ‘The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Omnibus’ which was released in 2008 by Knockabout Comics.