“Slacker Cats” shake up Disney image
ABC Family Channel, owned by the Walt Disney Co, is playing against type in a press kit to promote its edgy new animated series, “Slacker Cats.”
Disney, which is famous for its immaculate presentations of its G-rated products, sent out a booklet describing the new show with an apparent coffee stain on the cover and containing the un-Disney-like phrase “half-assed” to describe the antics of the two feline main characters.
The pilot, created by “The Book of Bunny Suicides” cartoonist Andy Riley and “Little Britain” writer Kevin Cecil, makes reference to faking purrs, mind-altering drugs, “kitty” porn and credit card theft, in the first 15 minutes.
ABC Family has scheduled the launch of its “outrageous and decidedly grown up” foray into animation waaaayyy past kids’ bedtimes — at 10 p.m. Aug. 13.
(By Gina Keating in Los Angeles)