Channel 4 has announced a new cartoon commission, 'Happy Families'. Written by Jack and Harry Williams, the series is intended to rival successful long-running animated sitcoms from the USA.
It focuses on the life of an 'average' family, consisting of put-upon Edgar who works for his self-obsessed father-in-law Ken Lavender; his house-proud wife Wendy; and their three very different children: freaky weirdo Dusty; amiable idiot Jason; and highly strung 'emo' Eve.
The show will feature Fonejacker's Kayvan Novak, Simon Greenall (I'm Alan Partridge), Rosie Cavaliero, Lucy Montgomery and Darren Boyd in the main roles. The series has been designed by artist Alex Scarfe, son of political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, and will be animated by Los Angeles-based studio Rough Draft, which counts Futurama and The Simpsons Movie amongst its past credits.
Channel 4 commissioner Nerys Evans said of the show: "The combination of slick American animation with quintessentially British humour gives 'Happy Families' a really distinctive feel. Not only is the dialogue laugh-out-loud funny, it's packed with fantastic celebrity cameos and satirical swipes at every turn."