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Friday, 8 January 2010

"Archer" F/X (2010)







Archer is a new adult series from F/X. Before the details of what, how and, I guess, why, here's a sample of the humour. Sterling Archer, super spy and ladies man, is in bed with sultry Agent Lana Kane. That's amazing, she murmurs in admiration and pleasure, but is interrupted by a cell phone from his mum just as they are about to watch porn together. I can't believe you, she complains, but is told to turn it on anyway: "I can do both." If this is your cup of tea - and it made me laugh - then tune in on 14th January at 10:00 pm ET/PT. (I'm not so sure of when that time applies here in the UK but I'll be trying around then.) I'll just give you a taste too of the press blurb. "Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy set at the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS), a spy agency where espionage and global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other." It is tightly scripted, quick-fire witty and not as crass as some of the coarser animation aimed almost exclusively at juveniles, very well voiced by an experienced cast and there is a vitality about it, certainly judged by the trailers I've viewed. The artistic style is described by the artists as realistic, 1960's comic book style. The animation itself is best considered minimal with lashings of lip sync and well drawn. To view you'll need, I think, to install their station's movie player. Just a thought - I hope the episodes are available here in the UK. And to reiterate, it's aimed at mature audiences. I'll just about qualify. The image below is worth a click, revealing the artist's method. I hope the venture is successful and wish an enthusiastic team good luck.

3 comments:

Ian Lumsden said...

I'm adding a comment from "3d animation courses" placed against the wrong film. They said...
"This series is created by Adam Reed and the crew from 7030 Studios, now known as Floyd County Studios, who previously gave us Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo on [Fox Lite], I mean [Adult Swim]. Can't wait for this. After [AS] canceled Frisky Dingo, lots of fans of Dingo's keen pop culture references, inside jokes and running gags, were furious. Especially, since the series ended on a cliffhanger. Now the whole crew is back to give us something new. Let's thank FX for having the insight to pick up this show. It will be a hit, and all of us Dingo fans will again have something to keep us warm at night. [AS] will probably wind up syndicating it anyways. Idiots."

deepak said...

in bed with sultry Agent Lana Kane. That's amazing, she murmurs in admiration and pleasure, but is interrupted by a cell phone from his mum just as they are about to watch porn together. I can't believe you

Ian Lumsden said...

Hard to believe. Incredible but true. These secret agents get all the best jobs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfx_V2mYT1w

Maybe "sultry" is the wrong word but it seemed right at the time!