Misery Bear creators getting 'All Grown Up' for FOX
Thanks to the surprising success of Seth MacFarlane's R-rated comedy Ted this past summer, stuffed animals that act like adults appear to be a new trend. Now FOX is getting in on the action with a new single-camera comedy from the British creators of the Misery Bear series of short films.
Bearing the title All Grown Up, the project is described as "Toy Story—fifteen years later." It's a raunchy live-action comedy about a young man who moves back in with his parents after losing his job. While this scenario is nothing new in television, the twist is that his childhood toys come to life and assist him in pulling his life back together.
Executive produced by Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, All Grown Up will be written and directed by Nat Saunders and Chris Hayward. The British duo wrote and directed a series of short films for the BBC website chronicling the depressing existence of the saddest, loneliest, most suicidal teddy bear in the whole world, aptly titled Misery Bear. Making his first appearance in 2009, Misery Bear has appeared in 14 shorts in total highlighting his alcoholic lifestyle, anger management issues, and lack of a job, a relationship, or any real friends.
I had never heard of Misery Bear before, but the short films are quite creative and sadly funny. In the hands of Saunders and Hayward, the concept of All Grown Up has tons of potential depending on the childhood toys they get to play with. Will they be able to use real toys like Transformers, GI Joe, and He-Man or will it be generic teddy bears and action figures? Either way, this project is one to keep an eye on.