Witches, swamp hillbillies, and snake gods. What do these all have in common? Fancy hats! Well yes, but alongside aliens and old men, voodoo dolls and the ever-important debate of hamburgers vs. tacos, you’ll find them in Adult Swim Canada‘s first original animated series, Psi Cops.
The animated comedy series, commissioned by Corus Entertainment and produced by Wind Sun Sky Entertainment, Oddfellows Labs and Skybound Galactic follows coworker friends forever (CFFs) Kydd (Chris Nielsen) and Felixx (Bart Batchelor) who are top detectives at the paranormal agency Psi Cops where they solve mysteries and supernatural crimes using their overly competent incompetence.
Alongside a rag-tag group of “experts,” we follow Kydd and Felixx out in the field as they investigate alleged sightings of aliens, ghosts, demons, and other hocus-pocus nonsense.
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DIRECTORS: Bart Batchelor and Chris Nielsen
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Catherine Winder, Chris Fergusson, Robert Kirkman, Dave Alpert, Brian Kavanagh Jones, Bart Batchelor and Chris Nielsen
SUPERVISING PRODUCER: Krista Kelloway
CGI DIRECTOR: Paul Furminger
MEDIUM: Adult Animated Comedy- TV Series
CAST: Chris Nielsen Bart Batchelor Tina Grant Tiana Jung Jeff Shorkey Brian Drummond Dejan Loyola Julie Lemieux Ronald Dario
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Building on our legacy of adult animation, Wind Sun Sky teamed up with OddFellow’s lab to develop and produce this innovative adult comedy- the first ever adult animated show commissioned by Corus Entertainment. As WSS love to sink its’ teeth into new creative challenges and styles, we teamed up with creators Bart and Chris to develop a tailored workflow and pipeline to bring their vision to life.
One key innovation in our journey was the integration of Daz3d into our animation pipeline. It allowed us to depart from traditional design methods, which often entail starting from scratch. Instead, we harnessed Daz3d’s character creation and background tools, expediting the design process, streamlining the development of original aesthetics, environments, props and arguably marks “Psi Cops” as the first traditional broadcast series to fully incorporate Daz3D into its pipeline. This transformative step brought efficiency, innovation, and a unique look to the series, setting it apart in the animation landscape.
Amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our team adapted to remote work, enhancing communication through digital tools like Slack and Zoom. We documented directors’ notes, recorded Zoom meetings, and organized “Daz3d hack sessions” to facilitate knowledge sharing among our designers. When we could, we kept key creatives on-site in a socially distanced way to foster real-time creative problem-solving, ensuring that the project maintained its artistic cohesion.
A creator-driven studio, a defining element of our success was our close collaboration with creators Bart and Chris. Their clear vision and deep understanding of the show’s essence allowed us to remain true to their artistic direction. The end result produced a show unlike anything else out there, emphasizing the importance of creativity and innovation in every step of the process. As we look to the future, we remain committed to pushing the boundaries of creativity in animation and embracing new possibilities.