Magazine article Variety

Ken Kwapis Tells Truth through Toons

Magazine article Variety

Ken Kwapis Tells Truth through Toons

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Showtime's mordant comedy series "Happyish" has drawn praise for its offbeat blend of animation and live action. The program, created by Shalom Ausländer, utilizes animation by Vadim Turchin as a means of expanding upon and, at times, exploding elements within each episode.

When lead Steve Coogan frets that the new bosses at his ad agency may fire him, his concerns materialize as a dream involving his client - Keebler Cookies - and benevolent elf mascot Ernie Keebler, who goes postal over his own impending dismissal. The result is anarchic and altogether unique, which satisfies the goal of director/executive producer Ken Kwapis ("The Office") to use animation as a means of expressing ideas in a manner that may elude dialogue.

"(Animation) gives us more room to tackle weighty issues if we include fantastical elements," Kwapis says. …

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