Mr. Pickles is an American animated television series created by Will Carsola and Dave Stewart for Adult Swim. The series revolves around the Goodman family, especially their 6-year-old son named Tommy and the family's border collie, the demonic Mr. Pickles. The series was picked up for 10 quarter-hour episodes for its first season, which premiered on the network on September 21, 2014, and ended on November 23, 2014. It was renewed for a second season, which premiered on April 17, 2016, and ended on June 26, 2016.
|Created by||Will Carsola
|Written by||Will Carsola
|Theme music composer||Mark Rivers|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||21 (and 1 pilot) (list of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||Micheal J. Rizzo
|Running time||11 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television|
|Original network||Adult Swim|
|Picture format||1080p (16:9 HDTV)|
August 25, 2013
September 21, 2014 – present
On July 2, 2016, Adult Swim renewed the series for a third season.
In the small, old-fashioned world of Old Town, the Goodman family and their innocent 6-year-old son Tommy own a border collie named Mr. Pickles. The two spend their days romping around Old Town, while unknown to Tommy and the family – except for Tommy's grandfather – Mr. Pickles' secret evilness drives him to slip away, kill, mutilate, and rape his countless victims.
- Kaitlyn Robrock as Tommy Goodman, Candy
- Brooke Shields as Mrs. Goodman
- Jay Johnston as Mr. Goodman
- Frank Collison as Grandpa, Mr. Bojenkins
- Dave Stewart as Floyd, Linda, and Deer Hunter #2
- Will Carsola as Sheriff, Boss, and Deer Hunter #1
- Joey Lauren Adams as The Girl
- Pamela Adlon as Mary
- Bob Bergen as Crime Man
- Sean Conroy
- Mark Rivers
- Andy Daly as Doctor
- Colton Dunn as Rich Snob, Darrel
- John Ennis
- Dave Foley as Scientist
- Vivica A. Fox as Poison
- Brett Gelman as Cheeseman
- Barbara Goodson as Old Lady
- Elaine Hendrix as Lorena
- Carrie Keranen as Lisa
- Christine Lakin as Blonde Girl
- Michelle León
- Tom Kenny as Sidekick Boy
- Candi Milo as Butt-Faced Woman
- Tracy Morgan as Skids
- Iggy Pop as Texas Red
- Amy Sedaris as Sally
- Steve-O as Pizza Delivery Guy
- Frank Vincent as Jon Gabagooli
- John Waters as Dr. Kelton
- "Weird Al" Yankovic as Vegan Member
- Rob Zombie as Vegan Cult Leader
The series was created by Will Carsola and Dave Stewart – of Funny or Die Presents notability – and executive-produced by Will Carsola, Dave Stewart, and Michael J. Rizzo. The series was one of several shows pitched to Adult Swim, according to the creators, who also operate under the name "Day by Day". Stewart recalled promoting it as a "one-line sentence", while Carsola remembered that it derived from a "write-off" session, where the two present ideas to each other in the form of scribbles for their amusement. Carsola explained that ideas in this process are released from the pressure "of them being good", occasionally finding "one that sticks". They later explained at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International that the idea was based on Lassie, but has become "more of its own thing since then".
Stewart's own female pet dog served as inspiration for the animators on the character of Mr. Pickles.[a] Animation director Mike L. Mayfield recorded Stewart's dog playing around on video, with animators using the resulting footage as a basis for the character's movements; the series is animated using Adobe Flash.[b] Its setting is roughly based on Richmond, Virginia, where the creators started out in entertainment before moving to Los Angeles. The creators are given creative freedom by the network, with Stewart explaining the notes received by them as "minimal", much to their surprise. The creators observed some inconsistencies as to what is considered unacceptable, but try not to question it and compromise instead.
Elaborating on its 11-minute running time, Carsola described it as a 22-minute show "squished" into a quarter-hour. Among the voices for the characters include Brooke Shields, Frank Collison, Jay Johnston and Carsola and Stewart themselves. Shields' role in the series came after looking at the creator's work for Funny or Die and obtaining the script for Mr. Pickles. According to Carsola, the two were dubious over her interest in the series, but after being cast she provided lines in a recording booth in New York City while the creators supervised over Skype.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilot||1||August 25, 2013|
|1||10||September 21, 2014||November 23, 2014|
|2||10||April 17, 2016||June 26, 2016|
Broadcast and receptionEdit
The series was picked up for ten quarter-hour episodes for its first season, premiering on the network on September 21, 2014 following the ninth-season premiere of Squidbillies. In July 2013, the pilot episode was released online as part of a presentation of in-development shows for the network, partnered with KFC; viewers could vote for their favorite pilot, with the winner being broadcast on August 26, 2013. The series lost to Übermansion, a Stoopid Buddy Stoodios production, although the presentation as a whole won an Internet Advertising Campaign Award in 2014 for "Best TV Integrated Ad Campaign". The pilot was later published on the network's website on January 23, 2014, and on YouTube on March 10 of the same year, becoming viral with over 700,000 views after roughly a month later. A second season was mentioned at the 2014 Comic-Con.
Reception for Mr. Pickles has been polarized. Writing for Strange Kids Club, Mat Spitkovsky stated the series' extreme content matter left him at a loss for words as well as confused. Afterwards, he found it lacking in "class, creativity and goddammit, originality" in the vein of Superjail!, although its "brazen approach at crass offense ... all in good fun" was "kind of cool." Aaron Simpson of Cold Hard Flash called the series an amalgamation of Lassie and Superjail!, while observing some social commentary "to ensure this is more than just a multi-episodic sketch." Mike Hale of The New York Times labeled it "the less tasteful but more mainstream" counterpart to Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories, another addition to the network. He wrote that the show was "more grisly than funny," but predicted it to have a cult following and that Shields' voice would add "surreal-pop-culture cachet".
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