Animated political satire never goes out of style, which is why Fox is resurrecting Berkeley Breathed’s 1980s comic Bloom County for a new series.
In development at FOX Entertainment, Bento Box Entertainment, Miramax, Spyglass Media Group and Project X Entertainment, Bloom County will be co-written and produced by Breathed himself. According to a press release, the series “centers on a collapsed lawyer, a lobotomized cat, and a penguin in underpants and a fruit headgear living in the world’s last boarding house in the world’s most forgotten place, the heart of the dandelion wilderness of FlyWayWayOver Country. Namely, America today at a glance.
Breathed made his cartoon debut at the University of Texas at Austin, where his comic The academic waltz appeared in the student newspaper The Texas Daily. His brand of outrageous political satire caught the attention of The Washington Post, who commissioned Breathed to create a nationally released comic.
The result, Bloom County, ridiculed American politics through the antics of Opus the Penguin and his friends at the Bloom boarding house in a small Central American town. The strip originally ran from 1980 to 1989, and in 1987 Breathed won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. But that wasn’t the end – some of these characters had continued adventures in the Breathed follow-up tapes, Outland and Opus, and in 2015, inspired by the madness of the Trump campaign, he began publishing new Bloom County cartoons on facebook.
Breathed discussed Bloom County‘s second (third?) to come in a typically dry, self-aware statement. “At the end of Extraterrestrial, we saw cuddly Sigourney Weaver fall peacefully into cryogenic hypersleep after being chased by a saliva-spewing maniac, only to be woken up decades later in a world full of much worse,” he wrote. he declares. “Fox and I did the same to Opus and the rest of the Bloom County gang, may they forgive us.” If the world insists on reminding us that things can always get worse, at least family guy and The simpsons will have a new companion on Sunday evening.
Fox is currently on a nostalgia spree; the entertainment giant recently acquired gummy and announced plans to develop a cross-platform Gumbyverse.