Since Worker Studio announced development of Phil Hartman's Flat TV, with producers Paul Hartman, Angel Rosenthal and executive producers Leo/Hartman Productions, buzz has stirred up on industry, comedy and animation sites. Here's what they're saying:
The Comic's Comic - "Rare posthumous recording from from the 1970s, "Phil Hartman's Flat TV," to receive animation treatment"
And from Michael T. Scott, partner and head of story at Worker Studio, this reflection: "Phil was not just a tremendous influence on my comedic sensibilities; he had a hand in personally molding them with his generous and thoughtful feedback. To think that I’m getting a chance to collaborate with one of my heroes is very surreal, especially given these circumstances. It’s an honor to be bringing Phil back into the forefront of the public consciousness. I’m thrilled to be working with both the people that knew him best and an extremely talented and creative team to make this happen."
A.V. CLUB - "Phil Hartman's Flat TV lets the late comic performer voice one final cartoon."
Hi there! You might remember the late Phil Hartman from Saturday Night Live, NewsRadio, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, or as the man who voiced The Simpsons’ Troy McClure—who you might remember from such films as “P” Is For Psycho and The President’s Neck Is Missing. You might also remember that death typically precludes performers from producing new material—unless, like Tupac Shakur, Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, and Phil “The Glue" Hartman, those performers left behind an unreleased backlog of recordings
OWEN SOUND SUN TIMES - "Phil Hartman film in the works"
Interview with Phil Hartman's Flat TV producer and Phil's brother, Paul Hartmann.
“Boy, he does John Wayne, he does Peter Lorre in it, he does Jimmy Carter doing an impression of Henry Kissinger which is pretty funny and it's got some great bits in it,” Hartmann said. “But what's really interesting about it is it's unedited Phil and uncensored Phil.”
KHOU Houston, Texas - "Phil Hartman's comedy album being developed as animated film"
Phil Hartman fans have something to look forward to: the late comic’s work lives on as part of a new animated film based on his album Flat TV.
ANIMATION WORLD NETWORK - "Worker Studio Announces Phil Hartman's Flat TV Feature"
Animation and visual effects company Worker Studio, in collaboration with producers Paul Hartmann and Angel Rosenthal, has secured the option to produce an animated property based on the comedy album, Phil Hartman’s Flat TV.
SPLITSIDER - "Phil Hartman's Comedy Album Is Being Turned Into an Animated Movie"
Flat TV is a 22-track album of sketches written by and starring Hartman that revolve around a dysfunctional family, with TV shows they consume interspersed throughout. It's a little Simpsons-esque nearly 10 years before The Simpsons was a thing
INDIEWIRE's Animation Scoop from Jerry Beck - "Worker Studio to Produce Phil Hartman's Flat TV"
Colorado based animation studio Worker Studio, in collaboration with producers Paul Hartmann & Angel Rosenthal, have secured the option to produce an animated property based on the comedy album, Phil Hartman's Flat TV.
LAUGHSPIN - "Fifteen years after his death, Phil Hartman animated project in the works"
Worker Studio in Colorado is now beginning to collaborate with the Hartmann family to develop animation around the 22 vignettes featured on Hartman’s album. “The tracks all work together as a feature film about the day in the life of the Sphincter family, but Phil brilliantly wrote and performed each vignette as a stand alone piece, which will also give us 22 unique animated shorts,” Jason Cangialosi of Worker Studio, tells Laughspin.
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