I sometimes like to show off my gift for alliteration with my post titles, but this one was like shooting fish in a barrel. The folks over at Grass Roots Films have posted a teaser trailer on You Tube and Video Google for the stop-motion animated feature adaptation of the underground comic classic The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. The fabulous ones in question are Fat Freddy, Phineas, and Freewheelin' Franklin, along with the real brains of the operation, Fat Freddy's Cat. The comic, created by Gilbert Shelton, appeared in several forms from 1968 until 1992, with the newest Freak Brothers strip just recently appearing at the Freak Brothers official website. The Freaks' often hilarious adventures usually involved their battle against the establishment and several metric tons of the finest marijuana available.

The trailer seems more like animation test footage than an actual preview, but the potential is definitely there, and the footage looks sort of like an excerpt from Wallace and Gromit Meet Cheech and Chong (now why isn't anyone making that movie?). This trailer is quite a bit longer than the short sample that was posted back in July. The big question is: How well will the strip, which originated as part of the counterculture of the 60s and 70s, translate to a twenty-first century audience? Stoner humor is still around thanks to the likes of Harold and Kumar Go To Whitecastle, and the films of Kevin Smith, but the Freak Brothers as they appeared in the comics were often gleefully offensive. Personally, I'm dying to see where this goes. The film is obviously in the very early stages, as the Grass Roots Films site has information for anyone interested in investing in the film. For those of you with dreams of becoming a movie mogul, this may be your big chance.

[Via Ain't It Cool News]
categories Cinematical