‘Big Mouth’ Creators to Make New Animated Series for Netflix

Netflix has ordered “Human Resources,” a workplace comedy set in the world of the monsters from the creators of the Emmy-nominated series “Big Mouth.”

The announcement was made at New York Comic Con.

Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett, and Kelly Galuska will serve as creators and executive producers.

Kroll, Goldberg, Levin and Flackett recently signed an overall deal with Netflix under their newly formed animation production company, Brutus Pink. In addition to “Big Mouth” and “Human Resources,” Brutus Pink will create a variety of animated projects in both film and television that are adult, funny and emotional, according to a Netflix release.

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Netflix Signs Team Behind ‘Big Mouth’ to Multiyear Deal

Netflix has signed Brutus Pink, the newly formed animation production company from Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett — the creative team behind adult animated series “Big Mouth” — to a multiyear deal to produce animated series and films for its members worldwide.

“Big Mouth” is an Emmy nominated adult animated comedy about puberty. Inspired by Kroll and Goldberg’s childhood, it follows a group of friends and their hormone monsters as they navigate adolescence, human sexuality, and coming of age. Season three returns this fall and under the new deal Netflix has greenlit three more seasons of “Big Mouth.”

“’Big Mouth’ brilliantly captures the most awkward phase in a person’s life, puberty, in a hilarious yet heartwarming way,” Mike Moon, head of adult animation for Netflix, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue our relationship with Brutus Pink and bring more stories, more humor, and more hormones to Netflix members around the world.”

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“Netflix has given us the best creative experience imaginable, and we’ve been able to build an amazing community of talented writers, actors, producers and artists. We’re thrilled to be continuing with everyone for years to come,” the Brutus Pink team said in a statement.

The four creators are set to receive an award for comedy writers of the year at Just for Laughs this coming weekend. The annual festival held in Montreal is the largest international comedy festival in the world.

Operation Finale

Munich meets Argo in this low-key depiction of Israel’s secret mission in the years after World War II to capture Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and bring him to trial for his role in the Holocaust.

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Drama;
Box Office $17.61 million;
$29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for disturbing thematic content and related violent images, and for some language.
Stars Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz, Nick Kroll, Haley Lu Richardson, Peter Strauss.

At the end of World War II, as so many Nazi leaders were being captured, or committing suicide to avoid facing justice for war crimes, SS officer Adolf Eichmann managed to flee from Europe.

Widely considered to be one of the major architects of the Nazi Holocaust that resulted in the death of 6 million European Jews, Eichmann was considered a prime target for the Nazi hunters who popped up after the war, though his whereabouts remained a mystery for more than a decade. He was eventually spotted in Argentina, where many former Nazis fled because their ideology meshed well with local political movements at the time.

In 1960, Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, organized a secret mission to capture Eichmann and bring him to Israel to stand trial for war crimes.

Operation Finale dramatizes the key events of the mission, though not as intensely as other depictions of Mossad operations on the big screen, such as Steven Spielberg’s Munich.

So much of the story involves characters waiting around and getting the proper paperwork in order — not exactly riveting viewing. As a result, director Chris Weitz puts less emphasis on the process of finding Eichmann and the decision to capture him, and focuses more on the characters involved in the operation, particularly the growing rapport between agent Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) and Eichmann (Ben Kingsley). Fortunately, the performances are strong enough all around to hold audience interest.

One interesting affectation Weitz brought to his handling of the performances was an edict against artificial accents, so the actors use their normal speaking voice regardless of what nationality they are meant to be. It’s a noticeable choice but certainly not as distracting as an actor stumbling through an accent they have no mastery of.

Weitz also rearranges the chronology of events to ramp up the tension a bit, aided by a pulsating musical score by Alexandre Desplat.

In a solo commentary, Weitz says he thought of Operation Finale as a spiritual companion to another Spielberg film, Bridge of Spies, which takes place at the same time. As such, he included a brief scene of the Mossad agents hearing a news report over the radio of American spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers being captured by the Soviet Union.

Weitz also mentions how the story parallels that of Argo in that it too climaxes with an escape via plane before local enemies can figure out what is going on (in this case, Eichmann’s family and supporters conducting a manhunt to find him after he disappears), and how he went about structuring the sequence so as to avoid comparisons.

The Blu-ray also includes a six-and-a-half-minute “Inside the Operation” featurette about the making of the film with interviews from the cast and filmmakers.

A featurette about the actual events would have been an appropriate inclusion as well, but as long as the film encourages people to look into the real story more, it’s definitely a win for the study of history.

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Universal Releasing ‘Operation Finale’ Digitally Nov. 20, on Disc Dec. 4

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release MGM’s Operation Finale digitally Nov. 20, and on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Dec. 4.

Based on a true story, the film follows an Israeli intelligence mission in 1960 to capture high-ranking Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) in Argentina and prosecute him for the deaths of millions of Jews in concentration camps during World War II.

Directed by Chris Weitz, the film also stars Oscar Isaac, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Roz, Nick Kroll, Haley Lu Richardson, Joe Alwyn, Pepe Rapazote and Greta Scacchi.

Blu-ray and DVD extras include a feature commentary with Weitz and the making-of featurette “Inside the Operation.”

Comedy ‘Uncle Drew’ Due on Digital Sept. 11, Disc Sept. 25

The basketball comedy Uncle Drew arrives on digital Sept. 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD and on demand Sept. 25 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company.

Based on the Pepsi web series, the film tells the tale of a young team owner and Uncle Drew rounding up Drew’s old basketball squad to prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win. The film stars NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving (“Uncle Drew” Web Series); Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, TV’s “Friends of the People” and “The Carmichael Show”); four-time NBA champion and Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal (The LEGO MovieScary Movie 4); five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber (UnexpectedLike Mike); five-time NBA All-Star, Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold medalist Reggie Miller (He Got GameForget Paris); three-time NBA slam-dunk champion Nate Robinson (TV’s “Mike & Mike” and “Ridiculousness”); NAACP Award-winner Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5You Can’t Fight Christmas, TV’s “Survivor’s Remorse”); two-time WNBA champion, three-time WNBA MVP, four-time Olympic Gold Medal winner and Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie (Think Like a ManMartinInconceivable); Tiffany Haddish (Girls TripKeanu, TV’s “The Carmichael Show”); and Nick Kroll (Sausage PartySing, TV’s “The League”).

Special features on 4K, Blu-ray and digital include seven deleted scenes; three behind-the-scenes featurettes; an animated short; and an audio commentary with director Charles Stone III. Special features on the DVD include two behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Both the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and the standard Blu-ray disc will feature Dolby Atmos audio.