The protagonist of “Grimsburg“Looks and doesn’t act like jon hamm, although the actor lends his voice (and his support as executive producer) to the protagonist of Fox’s latest animated comedy. Detective Marvin Flute is a scruffy, paunchy drifter who has some ability to solve crimes, although not as much as he thinks. The flute is a far cry from the stylish guys Hamm is best known for, from Don Draper on “Mad Men” to Paul Marks on “The Morning Show.” But with animation, Hamm is able to separate his voice from his famously handsome face, even wearing down his trademark baritone to make it sound significantly less smooth. Changing mediums offers the opportunity to broaden the performer’s reach.
The namesake of “Grimsburg” is a small town with a high mortality rate. (Motto: “Come hiking, stay because you’re missing out.”) Created by Catlan McClelland and Matthew Schlissel and developed by Chadd Gindin, “Grimsburg” is an intensified riff on tracks like “Murder, She Wrote”: proceedings. set in rural villages which naturally raise the question of how such a limited population can produce so many criminals or sustain so many lost lives. Naturally, “Grimsburg” takes that suspension of disbelief to absolute absurdity. A murder mystery party takes place in a hybrid train mansion, called a “train”; a serial killer leaves animal bones at every crime scene, resulting in 20 minutes of non-stop puns.
Detective Flute’s return to Grimsburg after a nervous breakdown and time away serves as the series’ inciting incident, although he quickly finds himself surrounded by a circle of eccentrics, including his ex-wife Harmony (Erinn Hayes), a TV host. local news that he was literally raised by bears, and Dr. Pentos (Alan Tudyk), a Hannibal Lecter-like figure with a vaguely European accent and an ever-present orange jumpsuit. Some of the characterizations are broader than others: Flute’s son Stan (Rachel Dratch) craves her approval, a constant source of jokes and stories alike, while her boss, Boss Patsy (Wendi McClendon-Covey), It is a scattered mosaic of archetypes. From the beginning she established herself as an anti-vaccine fringe conservative, although that persona never seems to stick.
Altogether, “Grimsburg” is an all-too-easy parody of a culture obsessed with true crime, copaganda and gritty prestige. (Just a week after “Grimsburg” premieres on Fox, the final season of “True Detective” will premiere on HBO.) To match the joke-per-minute pace of a television comedy, “Grimsburg” offers a wide range of satirical stories. goals. The episode “trainsion” is a cover of Agatha Christie, “Clue” and “Knives Out”, while a horror plot set at a summer camp is reminiscent of the classic ’80s B movie “Sleepaway Camp.” Everything from horror to mystery is grist for the mill, as long as it comes with a body count and an opportunity for Flute and his colleagues to make fools of themselves.
“Grimsburg” often manages to provoke laughter at the expense of an industrial complex that has long since jumped the shark. At one point, a director decides to make a scripted show about Flute’s latest case while the investigation is still underway, then complains that the detective is going “too fast for eight very padded episodes.” But “Grimsburg” runs into the same problem as many parodies when it comes to cultivating emotional stakes, which are necessary for the longevity of any show, no matter how silly the premise. We’re never sure how seriously we should take any given turn; A murderer turns out to be a direct relative of a character, although the connection never arises again. The animation allows for some abstraction, and “Grimsburg” avoids the exploitative gore that marks many of its live-action benchmarks. However, to last long, even the most effective parody has to function as a story of its own.
The first episode of “Grimsburg” premieres on Fox on Sunday, January 7 at 8 p.m. ET.