Before Seth Green Executive Produced stop-motion animation shorts featuring action figures in unlikely situations reciting uncharacteristic lines of dialogue for television’s Comedy Central, he Executive Produced more or less the same program for the web.
Sweet J Presents was the original Robot Chicken. Green and Matthew Senreich created, wrote, and produced the show for Sony’s ScreenBlast.com way back in 2001 during the internet’s first online video craze. It lasted one full 12-episode season before it’s funding disappeared when the Dot-com bubble popped. 10 years, a wildly successful television series based on his original web show, and an original reality web series later, Green is once again starring in a Sony web program featuring alt superhero-focused and action figure-oriented animated comedy.
Issues is what happens when you take those Jerry Seinfeld and Superman Amex commercials off the streets of New York City and into a pschyologists’s office. The six part series brought to the web by Sony’s Crackle.com is created by Matt Oakes and Josh Cooke and stars Cooke along with cameos from at least a half dozen talented actors and comedians (including Green, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet, Greg Grunberg, Ron Livingston, and Eddie Kaye Thomas) voicing cartooned superheroes with neuroses in front of a live-action human therapist.
Cooke, whose character’s childhood dream it was to be a psychologist to the comic book stars, sits opposite a rotating cast of animations with superhuman powers. He does his best to evaluate their psychoses and administer proper psychological care, but superheros saying and doing very unlike superhero things are surely the kind of clients that could drive a therapist nuts.
Issues premieres July 20 exclusivley on Crackle. And if you happen to be at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, be sure to check out the Issues panel on Friday, July 22 at 9:30PM.