Matthew A. Cherry isn't quite done with the Young family from Hair Love, not by a longshot. The filmmaker is teaming with Sony Pictures Animation for Young Love for HBO Max, an all-new, 2D animated series based on his Academy Award-winning short. The series was created by Cherry, who is set to serve as co-showrunner alongside animation creative veteran Carl Jones (The Boondocks, Black Dynamite). Blue Key Entertainment's Monica A. Young (producer, Hair Love) and Lion Forge Animation's David Steward II and Carl Reed are set to executive produce.
Hair Love centered around the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter Zuri, and the most daunting task a father could ever come across: doing his daughter's hair for the first time. Cherry welcomes the opportunity to further explore the world of his award-winning family: "I am beyond excited to continue telling the story of Stephen, Angela, and Zuri and further explore the family dynamics of a young Black millennial family we established in our short film Hair Love as an animated series. Couldn't ask for better partners in Sony Pictures Animation and HBO Max in helping us get Young Love out to the world."
The all-new animated series Young Love expands on the family introduced in Hair Love. Filled with comedy and heart, Young Love is an honest look into the world of the Young family – including millennial parents Stephen and Angela, their daughter Zuri and her pet cat Rocky – as they juggle their careers, marriage, parenthood, social issues, and multi-generational dynamics all while striving to make a better life for themselves.
Karen Rupert Toliver, executive vice president of creative for Sony Pictures Animation and Oscar-winning producer of Hair Love, looks forward to what their collective creative futures hold: "It's a privilege to continue our partnership with Matthew Cherry, who has a gift for tapping into meaningful stories that touch our hearts. I personally can't wait to collectively laugh and cry with the Young family."