By Troy Stegner
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers will be adapted as an eight episode animated series. Adam Devine and Blake Anderson provide voice work for two of the show’s four leads.
“We connected so much to these characters,” Devine and Anderson said in a joint statement. “They’re just trying to enjoy life while understanding the world around them, and the adventures they go through along the way had us fully giggling while simultaneously making us think. When the opportunity arose to get involved not just as talent but also on a creative level, we jumped at the chance and also weed, man!”
You read that correctly. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothersfocuses heavily on drug culture from the 1970’s. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers is an comic by Gilbert Shelton that first published in 1968 by an underground newspaper in Austin, Texas called The Rag. Due to it’s popularity it was eventually printed as a series of comic books.
The Freak Brothers are not actually siblings. They are just a trio of stoners that hang out together. Their lives center on the procurement and enjoyment of drugs, particularly marijuana. The comics present a critique of the establishment, while satirizing counterculture. Original prints of these comics are highly sought after by collectors.
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers consist of:
Freewheelin’ Franklin Freek is the laid-back and most street-smart of the trio. He appears to be older than the others. Tall and skinny, he has a big bulbous nose, a waterfall mustache, and a ponytail. He wears cowboy boots and a cowboy hat.
Phineas T. Phreak is the intellectual and idealist of the group. He has enough mastery of chemistry to create new drugs. He also takes an avid interest in politics. He is tall and skinny with a thick bush of black hair, a beard, and glasses.
Fat Freddy Freekowtski is the least intelligent of the trio. He is often preoccupied with food. He is fat, with curly yellow hair and a mustache. Fat Freddy frequently gets “burned” during drug transactions. When he does “score” he typically contrives to lose the drugs in various ways.
Fat Freddy’s Cat appears mainly in his own separate strip at the bottom of the one page Freak Brothers strips. He sometimes finds himself confronting an organized army of cockroaches or a huge tribe of mice who share the apartment with the Freak Brothers. He is far smarter than his owner (whom he frequently refers to as “the obese one”) and regards the Freak Brothers with amused contempt.
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers has not named a distributor yet, but they do have a panel scheduled during Comic-Con International (San Diego Comic-Con) July 19 in Room BCF of the San Diego Convention Center. Much more information will be announced during that panel. Judging by the content alone, I would think the series would be on cable or one of the pay channels.