Life in Dog River is about to get a lot more animated. After a trailblazing 107-episode, six-season run and a 2014 movie, Bell Media’s The Comedy Network announced has greenlit an all-new animated version of Corner Gas.
The 13-episode, half-hour series will be produced in 4K and air in the 2017-2018 broadcast season.
The new series comes from Corner Gas executive producers Brent Butt and David Storey and Virginia Thompson from Moving Mountoons (Vérité Films).
“I’ve always loved animation,” said creator, executive producer and star Brent Butt. “After high school, I was accepted into the animation program at Sheridan College, but I chose to pursue stand-up comedy. It’s been a huge amount of fun creating animated scripts for our Corner Gas gang. We used to come up with some pretty wild fantasy sequences and bizarre flashbacks in the old story room, but were limited with what we could do in the real world. Buckle up! We’re not in the real world anymore!”
The series begins pre-production in January 2017 in Vancouver and Toronto, with the main cast confirmed to return.
Producers also confirmed that beloved character Emma will live on in the animated world with the blessing of the late Janet Wright’s family. Casting for the voice of Emma is currently underway.
“We are thrilled the original cast is back and that the Emma character will live on in the animated series,” said executive producer Virginia Thompson. “Emma will remain funny and fearless in the new series and will pay tribute to Janet Wright for many years to come.”