We love a good ole success story here at Nerd Like You. So we were delighted to hear that Brett Snelgrove and Freek Van Haagan’s animated Web-series, New Eden, has been picked up by ChannelFlip’s adult cartoon channel HuHa. If you’ve not heard of the show yet, then there’s no time like the present to check it out.
The show follows the adventures (or perhaps that should be mis-adventures) of two spaceship crewman – the hapless Hamilton (Jonathan Rhodes) and the mischievous Murray (Kevin Shen ) – after they crash land and become stranded on an Alien planet. To me, the show feels like a cross between Red Dwarf and Star Trek and as these are both great shows, that’s a pretty good comparison. However, I can’t deny that the dark comedy of the show is one of my favourite aspects. In fact, I defy you to watch episode 3: Mummy and not find yourself shaking your head in horror, whilst also having a guilty chuckle at the ending.
You can check out the New Eden promo below (and you can check out the rest of the series by visiting the show’s YouTube channel, NewEdenseries)
ChannelFlip is the UK’s leading online video broadcaster (they recently teamed up with Ricky Gervais to bring The Office’s David Brent to YouTube) and their Content Director, Jamie Lennox had this to say about the show:
“The second we saw the pilot, we knew it was something we wanted for our channel. It had the right mix of original visuals, slacker comedy sensibility and alien vomit. We’re so excited to be able to bring Brett and Freek’s work to a wider audience.”
Buzzing with their recent success and their soon to be domination of the internet, they granted NLY an interview to discuss New Eden, time travel, success and life in general.
Brett Snelgrove and Freek van Haagen: The Interview
I’d just like to thank you both for taking the time to talk to Nerd Like You. Can you tell our readers a little about yourselves, what your creative influences are and what you nerd out over?
I’m a dutch illustrator /animator working freelance for various clients. I’ve done some commercials, web games but also do stuff for print. I think my biggest influence on the animation front are the Disney films (who isn’t influenced by them) but when it comes to illustration and story I think it’s comics. I grew up with Spider-Man, X-Men etc etc and loved to watch shows like He-Man, Thundercats. All the stuff that was made in the 80-ties I guess. Also non-animated shows like Buck Rogers, Knight Rider, films like Indiana Jones, The Goonies. I can geek out over comic book movies (cant wait for the new Superman film) and animated films (Pixar especially).
In an Australian expat now living and working in London, UK. I come from a television production background and here in London have been heavily involved in social media and creating my own projects. Despite growing up on the other side of the world from Freek, he and I share pretty much the same tastes when it comes to sci-fi, comedy, comic books, cartoons – which is probably why we work so well together. I love comedies like The Young Ones, Seinfeld, Red Dwarf, Arrested Development, Black Adder, Family Guy, South Park, The Office, Archer, The Thick Of It and Community. For my money, the Marvel cinematic universe is hitting it out of the park at the moment. I am just so ecstatic to see the likes of Mark Millar and Joss Whedon overseeing Marvel’s film and television output. It’s a real golden age for geeks at the moment.
You’re the creators of the hit web-series New Eden – can you tell us about the shows inception and what the inspiration behind it was?
This is one more for Brett I think. When I came to the party I wanted to bring comedy in illustration and develop myself in animation and storytelling. Also, I wanted to direct more and concentrate on the bigger scope of things. See the process through from start to end instead of just animating a little piece.
I’m a huge Star Trek and Star Wars fan but New Eden came about because I wanted to write something as far removed from Roddenberry’s altruism and Lucas’ mythos as possible. It all started with the red button gag in the pilot and grew from there. It’s not so much satire or commentary though. It really revolves around Freek and I trying to make each other laugh by throwing the right mix of action, surprise and gross humour at the screen.