– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If there’s one Saturday Night Live sketch that no one could have predicted would hit it big, it’s “David S. Pumpkins.” It’s dumb, it’s silly, and it makes absolutely no sense. Though perhaps that’s the appeal. Regardless, thanks to the character’s success, this Saturday, audiences will have a chance to see a 30-minute animated special with the character.

However, if you’re hoping that the special will have the character take up a whole lot of screen time, then you’ll be sadly mistaken. Speaking with TheWrap, writers of the upcoming special Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell clarified just how much he’d have to say in the animation.

“We had a rule that he could never speak more than three lines consecutively because he’s kind of annoying,” Seidell said. “Like, he’s an annoying dude.”

Day added:

“We sort of applied a ‘Beetlejuice’-esque formula to it. Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) isn’t in the Beetlejuice film that much, but you definitely remember him and you don’t want to get sick of him, because he’s a lot. David Pumpkins is a lot. If he’s at your party, he’s a lot to take in. So we tried to carefully weigh out doses of putting him in there.”

So if you feared the upcoming special would result in David S. Pumpkins overexposure, then it sounds like we have nothing to worry about.

The special will follow David Pumpkins and his skeleton sidekicks as they attempt to teach a boy and his sister the true meaning of Halloween, “answering none of their questions along the way.”

The special is set to hit NBC this Saturday at 11:30pm ET.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.