Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Jonah Hill Says Working On Animated Series 'Allen Gregory' Is A "Dream"

Photo of Katie Walsh By Katie Walsh | The Playlist October 24, 2011 at 7:29AM

Creator/Writer/Producer/Voice of Allen Gregory Shows Another Side of His Unique Brand of Humor On The Small Screen"Allen Gregory" is Jonah Hill's new animated series on Fox, about Allen Gregory de Longpre, a precocious, pretentious 7 year old navigating elementary school life for the first time. During a presentation of the pilot and subsequent Q&A at USC on Sunday, Hill, the cast and crew talked about the making of "Allen Gregory" and their creative process with this new venture. In addition to creating, writing and producing the series, Hill voices the miniature Allen Gregory, who talks like a combination of an Upper East Side grandma and Ari from "Entourage." He has two dads, the snarky/urbane Richard, voiced by French Stewart, and the hunky, warm, possibly straight Jeremy, voiced by Nat Faxon, the comedian who also wrote "The Descendants."
0

Creator/Writer/Producer/Voice of Allen Gregory Shows Another Side of His Unique Brand of Humor On The Small Screen



"Allen Gregory" is Jonah Hill's new animated series on Fox, about Allen Gregory de Longpre, a precocious, pretentious 7 year old navigating elementary school life for the first time. During a presentation of the pilot and subsequent Q&A at USC on Sunday, Hill, the cast and crew talked about the making of "Allen Gregory" and their creative process with this new venture. In addition to creating, writing and producing the series, Hill voices the miniature Allen Gregory, who talks like a combination of an Upper East Side grandma and Ari from "Entourage." He has two dads, the snarky/urbane Richard, voiced by French Stewart, and the hunky, warm, possibly straight Jeremy, voiced by Nat Faxon, the comedian who also wrote "The Descendants."

The show came about as a passion project for Hill and his friends/neighbors, writing partners Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, when Hill, who lived upstairs from Paul, felt bad about passing on one of their scripts. Fox had asked Hill to voice an animated character, but he wanted to take it the step further and create his own show as his first foray into that world. Hill, Paul and Mogel started playing with ideas around pretentious, delusional people who have no self-awareness, which they find both funny and disgusting. Hill also pondered, "What character can I play that I can't play in real life?" And the image of a tiny, cute, bespectacled asshole named Allen Gregory deLongpre was born.

The show is an exercise in fast-paced, densely packed writing and the jokes fly furiously with barely a pause to let it all sink in. Hill and co. are also taking advantage of their turf on Fox, where envelope pushing cartoons like "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" have been nurtured (another one of Fox's new animated series happens to be "Napoleon Dynamite," with the entire original cast back for voice work). They don't pull any punches on smart-raunchy content (emphasis on the "smart") and it's all the more hilarious for it, though Hill mentioned the FCC mainly had issues with the scatological elements of the humor more than anything else. The show has a modish, 60s look, though realistic, done by the animators at Bento Box. The team gave the designers "New Yorker magazine," "Capote," and "Wes Anderson" as directives in creating the visuals for the show. Hill also praised composer Josh Sitron for his contributions, saying he "makes the show funnier with his music."

Hill also talked about Judd Apatow's advice in working on the small screen (Apatow's wife Leslie Mann voices Gina Winthrop, Allen Gregory's teacher/nemesis). Apatow, who had two brilliant shows on the air for only one season ("Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared") told Hill to never let the show "not be what you want it to be," and that "let it be cancelled and remembered as one season of something awesome." Hill's putting on his big boy (or small boy, as it were) pants on as executive producer on "The Sitter," "21 Jump Street" and "Allen Gregory." He mentioned that his tactic in meetings with executives is to "fight, but just fight in a polite way" noting that "as a producer you have to be very involved and very annoying." And not just in the making of it either, as he takes marketing just as seriously, saying, "The way it's shown to the world is important." In fact, they played the red band trailer for "The Sitter" before the "Allen Gregory" presentation to get everyone warmed. Though he's still a jokester, shouting out "Just play the fucking show!" from the back row as the presentation was introduced, riffing with Faxon onstage, and describing pranking his writing partner Jarrad Paul's imdb message board.

Seven episodes of "Allen Gregory" have been shot, with six more scripts written. It premieres on October 30th, after "The Simpsons," so it has a great lead in and Fox is betting big on it. There's no dearth of high profile talent behind the mic either, with Will Forte, who voices the school board superintendent, Renee Taylor as the older principal Allen Gregory crushes on, and Jeff Goldblum will appear in an upcoming episode as dad Richard's nemesis. Hill calls the project "the dream of my entire life" to work with people he genuinely loves, and it comes across in their easy camaraderie. It's a razor sharp dark comedy, but it has a heart of gold and it genuinely tugs at the heart strings when little devil Allen Gregory asks if the kids at school will like him. We'll have to see if audiences agree when "Allen Gregory" debuts on Sunday.

This article is related to: Actors, Jonah Hill


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates