Regina King, John Witherspoon, Mos Def and Charlie Murphy, can't ask for better casting.
'The Boondocks' Adult Swim Debut Scheduled
Cartoon Network has recently announced their plans to air the original animated television series The Boondocks as based on the hit comics strip by Aaron McGruder, on October 2nd, 2005, on the incredibly popular late-night programming block Adult Swim. Certainly the best place on television for animation geared towards a more difficult to reach demographic, Adult Swim welcomes McGruder's work in moving-picture form with open arms.
Wonderfully cynical and outstandingly comedic, The Boondocks will debut along with a unique celebrity cast as well. Aaron McGruder is serving as executive producer of the animated television series, offering fans of the original comic and fans of the animated medium a smooth transition of concept. The television series, produced by Rebel Base and Hudlin Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television, at present has fifteen episodes in production. Cartoon Network has released the following press article:
Based on Aaron McGruder's award winning and politically charged comic strip of the same name, The Boondocks will premiere on October 2nd, 2005 at 11 p.m. (ET, PT) on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's late-night sister network showcasing animation for adults. Regina King (Miss Congeniality 2, Ray) and John Witherspoon (Friday After Next) are among the actors who have signed on to voice characters on the highly anticipated animated television comedy. King will do double-duty, as the voices of brothers "Huey Freeman" and "Riley Freeman"--the two characters central to the strip and series--while Witherspoon will be voicing "Granddad," the boys' cantankerous grandfather.
In The Boondocks, when Robert "Granddad" Freeman becomes legal guardian of his rambunctious grandkids, he moves from the south side of Chicago to the quiet and safety of "The Boondocks" (in this case, suburban Woodcrest), hoping that he can ignore them altogether and enjoy the fourth quarter of his life in peace.
But Huey, a 10-year-old left wing revolutionary, is determined not to enjoy the affluence of suburbia. This attitude is seconded by his 8-year-old brother, Riley, a proud product of contemporary rap culture. Although they torture each other and provoke the neighborhood, the two aren't any match for Granddad, who is eccentric even by "crazy-ass-old-black-man" standards.
King, who starred in Miss Congeniality 2 opposite Sandra Bullock, has also appeared in the Oscar-winning film Ray, opposite Jamie Foxx; Cinderella Story, opposite Hilary Duff; Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, opposite Reese Witherspoon; and the Oscar-winning movie Jerry Maguire. Witherspoon has earned the reputation of playing one of America's funniest fathers in films such as Friday, Friday After Next and Boomerang. His television credits include The Tracy Morgan Show and The Wayans Brothers. Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911), Gary Anthony Williams (Malcolm in the Middle), Gabby Soleil (Johnson Family Vacation) and Jill Talley (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) are also among the show's principal cast.
Meanwhile, hip-hop artist turned actor Mos Def (The Italian Job), Ed Asner (Elf) and Charlie Murphy (Chappelle's Show) are among the eclectic mix of actors who have been enlisted to voice guest characters on the show.