Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas are returning to the small screen this fall as the beer-swilling McKenzie brothers in The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie. The cartoon, which will air on Global this fall, has just been picked up by Fox — a network with considerable success in launching new cartoon series. (And a penchant for cancelling them too, I might add)
The hoser icons have been on an upswing recently, showing up in Disney's Brother Bear films as moose and last year's Two-Four Anniversary Special. It's quite the run for a couple of characters created as SCTV filler back in 1980. And it would only be cynical of me to suggest that the pair has few other prospects.
There will, of course, be a certain nostalgia factor in checking out the series, at least for Canadians. Like all good Canucks (or at least teenage boys of a certain vintage) I thought their movie Strange Brew was hilarious even though I'm positive it would not hold up to a repeat viewing these days.
It's not like you can update the characters, so it appears Moranis and Thomas are playing off the fact that the brothers are out of their decade. A press release describes the show as following the "exploits of the McKenzie Brothers as they do their best to "beat the system", avoid work, and have some fun in a changing Canadian society." We'll see.
I'm not positive if this pilot/trailer from ANIMAX Entertainment is what the basis of the show is, but seeing as Dave Thomas is one of the founders, I guessing so. If so, I hope they move away from flash animation for the prime-time series and ease up on the product placement.