Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel) heads up Amazon’s upcoming adult animation series Undone in the first teaser trailer for the new show. The series is the first foray into adult animation for the streaming service, and considering the bona fides of the people involved, it sounds as though Amazon’s wait will pay off. The series hails from Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg of BoJack Horseman fame, which means it will be well equipped to explore some complex ideas in an original and entertaining way.
In addition to Salazar, the series also stars Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk, Sex and the City’s John Corbett, and Enlisted’s Angelique Cabral. And while the impressive cast and creators will certainly be a draw (no pun intended) to the animated series, its impressive rotoscope visuals will likely be what brings all sorts of interested viewers. Amazon said in a release that the technique has never been “used before in episodic television,” and “the unique look of the animation, under the direction of Hisko Hulsing (Montage of Heck), utilizes a variety of mediums, including oil painting on canvas to render the backgrounds.”
The series certainly looks unique and it also appears to have a story to match the surreal visuals. Those visuals look very similar to what Richard Linklater did in his adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, though given that that film was released roughly 13 years ago, it looks as though the technique has advanced somewhat, in addition to becoming versatile enough that a television series can make use of it. Check out the teaser trailer for Undone below along with a synopsis of the series:
“From acclaimed creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) comes Undone, a groundbreaking and genre bending animated series about a young woman’s complex journey to unlock her past and solve the mystery of her father’s death.
Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar, Alita: Battle Angel) takes her mundane life one day at a time until a near fatal accident induces visions of her late-father, Jacob. Through these persistent visions he urges her to tap into a mysterious ability that allows her to travel through space and time with the hopes of preventing his untimely death. This quest challenges Alma’s relationships and brings into question her mental wellbeing with those closest to her.”
With its impressive visuals and cast, Undone looks to be a departure from the Hollywood satire of BoJack Horseman, though it may still retain some of that show’s sardonic sensibilities. Amazon is screening the first two episodes of Undone at ATX TV Festival, so expect some reactions online afterward.
Undone will premiere late in 2019 exclusively on Amazon Prime.