Celebrity biopics are gaining increasingly frequent acclaim lately with works such as ‘Cobain: Montage of Heck’ and ‘Amy’, and it appears this influence is spreading to the world of stop-motion animation. Starburns Industries, the TV animation company that made a notable entrance to the feature realm with last years critically acclaimed ‘Anomalisa’, is now moving onto their second stop-motion film, ‘Bubbles’ - an unauthorized biography of Michael Jackson, told from the point of view of his chimpanzee, Bubbles.
Starburns partner Dan Harmon, creator of hit series ‘Community’ and ‘Rick and Morty’, will produce the film with Andrew Kortschak of End Cue, which is to be based on a spec script by Isaac Adamson. Adamson will also exec produce with Lee Stobby.
‘Bubbles’ will give a unique perspective to Jackson’s life and history from the point of view of the pet Chimp who lived alongside the musician after being adopted by Jackson from an Austin, Texas research facility and given residence at the Neverland Ranch in 1983. Jackson formed a close bond with the Chimp over the next twenty years, with Bubbles sleeping in the same room, traveling, and watching movies with Jackson. He was seen as a constant companion until becoming overaggressive and moved to a sanctuary in Florida.
The script has been heralded as a creative way to tell an unauthorized story of Jackson without needing permission.
While it is still too early to know if the film will make its way into production, with people like Harmon at the helm it is no doubt set to cause excitement among audiences. It also signifies yet another great leap for the animation industry, bringing a quirky and unique style to the adult market that has increasingly demonstrated that animation is a style not merely for children.