Smiling Friends co-creators Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel just want to go around and put smiles on your faces. They may accomplish that mission on the new highly laughable and definitely bizarre series that premiered on Adult Swim.
Smiling Friends follows the employees of a small company dedicated to bringing happiness to a bizarre yet colorful world. The company consists of cynical Charlie and star employee Pim, each tasked with out-calls to cheer people up. There’s also meticulous Allen who keeps things in order, mysterious Glep, and the unpredictable billionaire Boss who founded the company.
Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel created the series for Cartoon Network’s block of Adult Swim. The pair provides most of the voices for the cartoon series, including Pim and Charlie, respectively.
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with co-creators Zach Hadel and Michael Cusack about this wonky and delightful series. We spoke about the originations, the worldbuilding, the characters, their mission, and even why there are human beings in the cartoon.
Zach Hadel is an animator and YouTuber. He is well known for his animations, including Hellbenders. Also, he is a podcaster, in which he hosted Schmucks from 2017 to 2019, and a regular member of SleepyCabin podcast. His YouTube channel psychicpebbles has over 1.44 million subscribers.
Michael Cusack is an Australian web cartoonist. He is well known for his Adult Swim series YOLO: Crystal Fantasy. Along with Zach Hadel, they appeared together in Twitch Adult Swim meeting live streams.
Smiling Friends premiered this past weekend on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
Listen to the audio interview with Zach Hadel and Michael Cusack below. Let us know what you think of the interview.