The Freak Brothers Wish "Poppa" Gilbert Shelton Happy 80th Birthday

Executive producers Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon wouldn't have their upcoming adult animated cartoon The Freak Brothers is it wasn't for one person: original The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers creator Gilbert Shelton. So to celebrate the 80th birthday of the "brothers'" big Poppa, Canton, Soloman, and our time-displaced heroes Freewheelin' Franklin Freek (Woody Harrelson), Fat Freddy Freekowtski (John Goodman), Phineas T. Phreakers (Pete Davidson), and cat Kitty (Tiffany Haddish), have gotten together for the following animated short. They also made the mistake of entrusting Freddy to get Shelton a birthday card, because that's definitely not what they get. Thankfully, Kitty has a back-up, though it's not exactly a "Hallmark Moment":

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The Freak Brothers wish their creator Gilbert Shelton a happy 80th birthday.

In 1969, life in San Francisco consists of free love, communal living, and political protest. Freewheelin' Franklin Freek (Harrelson), Fat Freddy Freekowtski (Goodman), Phineas T. Phreakers (Davidson) and their mischievous, foul-mouthed cat, Kitty (Haddish) spend their days dodging many things — the draft, the narcs and steady employment – all while searching for an altered state of bliss.

But after partaking of a genetically mutated strain of marijuana, the Freaks wake up 50 years later to discover a much different society. Quickly feeling like fish out of water in a high-tech world of fourth-wave feminism, extreme gentrification, and intense political correctness, the Freaks learn how to navigate life in 2020 — where, surprisingly, their precious cannabis is now legal.

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The Freak Brothers wish their creator Gilbert Shelton a happy 80th birthday.

Written by Dave Krinsky and John Althschuler (Silicon Valley), and Daniel Lehrer and Jeremy Lehrer (Highly Gifted), the eight-episode series has tapped Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland (King of the Hill) to serve as showrunners. The series is expected to premiere this fall, with work on the pilot reportedly complete. The series is currently considering distribution offers, and production on the remaining 22-minute episodes currently underway. Krinsky, Althschuler, Daniel Lehrer, and Jeremy Lehrer produce, with Workaholics alums Adam Devine and Blake Anderson executive producing. Canton and Solomon for WTG Enterprises, Gilbert Shelton, and Manfred Mroczkowski also executive produce, with Jeffrey S. Edell serving as co-executive producer. Starburns Industries (Rick and Morty) and Pure Imagination Studios (The Simpsons) are handling animation.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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