Fox may have surprised many with its renewal of The Great North animated series for a second season even before the first one has premiered. But not me. Come on, anything to do with the sublime magnificence of nature called Northern Lights absolutely deserves special treatment!
The Great North is an animated comedy that follows a single dad raising his weird bunch of children in the unforgiving Alaskan lands.
The show has been renewed for a second season months before its premiere and such is the confidence in its creators who were also behind the series Bob’s Burgers.
The guys at Fox have come forward to say that the show seems to have embodied the spirit of their animation division like never before!
“Wendy, Lizzie, Minty and Loren delivered a show that embodies our animation brand so strongly, they left us no choice but to give this stellar series an early renewal ahead of its midseason debut,” said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, for Fox Entertainment.
Beef, played by the brilliant Nick Offerman, does his best to keep the Tobins closely knit. The one most troublesome is of course his only daughter and art-enthusiast Judy (Jenny Slate), whose dreams are calling her into the glamorous world of the local mall.
Then there is Judy’s older brother, Wolf, (Will Forte) and his fiancé, Honeybee (Dulcé Sloan), her middle brother, Ham (Paul Rust), and ten-year-old little brother, Moon (Aparna Nancherla).
In the absence of a motherly figure for guidance in her life, Judy imagines a voice in the Northern Lights. It belongs to Alanis Morissette (guest-voicing as herself).
The series comes from writers Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Minty Lewis, who also serve as showrunners and executive producers.
It may be noted that the Molyneux sisters have an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard also serves as executive producer. The animation is produced through Bento Box Entertainment which was acquired by Fox Entertainment in 2019.
The Great North is scheduled for premiere in 2021 along with another of Fox’s highly anticipated animated productions, Housebroken. Animation is the future and Fox knows it.
This season the production house is especially leaning on animation given the delays caused by the COVID-19 epidemic for real-action entertainment. Animation production, however, has continued uninterrupted remotely.
Longtime hits like The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy will be return this fall along with the sophomores Bless The Hearts and Duncanwille.