Fans of the View Askew universe will be happy to know that creator Kevin Smith has once again decided to delve deep into his back catalogue of cult characters. He is bringing back those lovable stoners Jay and Silent Bob, only this time in an animated form.
The last time we saw these two on the big screen together was in Clerks II, sequel to the film that the duo first made their big screen debut in. This is Kevin’s first animated feature, but it is not his first piece of animation. That honor goes to Clerks: The Animated Series, a 2000 series focusing on the antics of the Clerks crew. The world of animation meant that Kevin Smith could go wild with his stories and it seems the new film Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie is going the exact same route.
Below is the trailer for Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes latest adventure together, including an introduction by the pair that really sets the tone for what you can expect with this movie.
Using the same animator that creates Kevin’s SModcast shorts, they have given the film a very specific and childlike look, though the content is anything but. Fans of Red State may be disappointed to find out that this lacks the maturity of Smith’s later work and is basically another film for the hard-core fans of Jay and Silent Bob. Nods to other locations in the View Askew universe can be seen (RST Video and the Quick Stop appear in the movie) throughout the trailer, as well as a few stabs at blockbuster comic movies like X-Men, Batman and The Avengers.
The basic plot involves Jay and Silent Bob hitting it rich on a scratch card and deciding that the most logical step forward is to become superheroes. They run into problems when they encounter an arch nemesis in CockBlocker and his villainous crew. A few more videos have recently come on line giving us a look at how they hit it rich and how they get their super powers.
Like he did with Red State, Kevin and Jay took the film on tour with Q and A sessions following directly after the screenings. Now it seems the film is ready for mass public consumption, and is now available on numerous on-demand sites like Amazon Prime. Whether the film appeals to you or not will all depend on what enjoyment you get out of Kevin’s work. If you like his way of delivering gritty drama and showing the tensions of relationships, then this will not be the film for you. However, if you love his way with dialogue and constant references to very rude things, then this film should bring a smile to your face.
No matter what you think of the View Askew universe it seems Kevin is not quite ready to throw in the directing towel just yet, and with his upcoming Krampus movie it will be worth keeping an eye out for his work in the near future.
Image: SModcast Pictures