If you are into adult animation, here’s a great piece of news. Facebook Watch, in its efforts to more attract viewers to its video streaming platform, has launched a cartoon show, set in the prehistoric era. An animated comedy series, ‘Human Discoveries’, transports us to the dawn of human civilization. Co-produced by ShadowMachine (‘BoJack Horseman‘, ‘Pinocchio’ and ‘Robot Chicken’) and Ninjas Runnin’ Wild, it is created by Chris Bruno and David Howard Lee.
Human Discoveries: Who is in it?
‘Human Discoveries’ features a talented, star-studded cast, including Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Lamorne Morris, Jillian Bell, Paul Scheer, and Lisa Kudrow. Efron and Kendrick serve as the voice-over artists for two of the central protagonists. The duo already has some experience of working in the voice-acting world. While Efron gives his voice to Univeral’s animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Lorax’, Kendrick voices the character of Princess Poppy in DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Trolls’ franchise. Scheer portrays the role of a muscled, hunter-type character.
Human Discoveries Plot: What is it about?
‘Human Discoveries’ joins Facebook Watch’s slate of animated programming, which includes shows such as ‘Liverspots and Astronots’ and ‘Human Kind Of’. The story revolves around a group of friends who lead a livelihood in the dawn of human civilization. As the episodes unravel, we witness how they discover basic necessities including fire and the wheel. They also, for the first time in history, unearth humanity’s best and worst creations, comprising art, alcohol, fashion, racism, gossip, and monogamy. As we witness some of the modern idiosyncrasies via a prehistoric lens, we see how these fictional characters suffer their first hangover after drinking rotten grape juice. It is also interesting to note their confused reactions when they stumble upon the concept of monogamy!
Set 10,000 years ago, this show, in its own comedic way, portrays how our early ancestors try to understand the norms of the first-established society and navigate its various challenges. Somehow, the situations they face do resonate with the modern scenarios of today. For instance, letting other people be jealous when they go on vacation, getting fully hammered at wild parties, and spending more than planned the following day. There are also issues related to gender equality. Overall, it sounds pretty much like social commentary, minus the more serious tone.
Human Discoveries Season 1 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Human Discoveries’ season 1 premieres on Facebook Watch on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. It is a part of the video-on-demand streaming platform’s endeavor to create original content that builds a fan base via interactive social features like Groups and Watch Parties. As per Matthew Henick, Facebook’s head of content planning and strategy, “Investing in content that drives meaningful interactions is core to our strategy.” He further added, “Shows like ‘The Real World’ and ‘Human Discoveries’ not only have the potential to be buzz-worthy and immersive, but their concepts also make it possible to leverage the social fabric of Facebook in unique and creative ways.” As per the statistics of 2018, Facebook Watch attracts 75 million global Facebook users who spent a minimum of one minute per day on the channel. This sums up to an average of 20 minutes of video being streamed daily.
Now, as far as a renewal is concerned, we have not received any official update from the creators yet. Moreover, a final decision depends on whether ‘Human Discoveries’ would succeed in drawing enough dedicated fans on Facebook. We do know that Watch has introduced some pretty decent content in the recent past, including ‘Sorry for Your Loss‘, which is a critically acclaimed series. So, although the progress is a tad slow, we are sure that the platform will soon be huge enough to compete with the likes of Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon.
Below is the official trailer for ‘Human Discoveries’ season 1. You can check it out below in order to get an idea of what this series is all about. You can also head to their official site if you wish to be regularly updated with the latest news, videos, and clips regarding the show.
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