It seems like it was only yesterday when we learned that Big Mouth would be launching a Netflix series based on its fictitious depiction of puberty, but it’s been over two years, and we’re finally hearing casting news for Human Resources. What started off as a cartoon about people and hormone monsters has evolved into a show in which a variety of anthropomorphized beings affect the whims of young people, and the spin-off now features some pretty outstanding voices.
Nick Kroll and Maya Rudolph will star in the play, according to Variety, while Randall Park, Aidy Bryant, and Keke Palmer are among the stellar cast members that will help bring Human Resources to life. The announcement was made during the Annecy Animation Film Festival, which included some video teasers from the series as well as statements from show creator Nick Kroll on what Park will be doing: portraying a rock named Pete. They were also briefly visited by Park, who provided a first-look photograph of his character, a Logic Rock named Pete. “We also know now that the Shame Wizard, played by David Thewlis, would “feature heavily” in the new show:
“I’m very much a logic rock,” Park said when asked if he related to any of the monsters from the “Human Resources” world. “I felt like this part was written for me, was it? I’m very logical, organized, clean. Pete does everything by the book like me. He has rock hard abs…” he trailed off to laughter from the panel.
The presentation included two movies, the first of which was taken from Season 5 of Big Mouth and featured the Human Resources department for the first time. The other was allegedly an HR-style welcome video that looked eerily similar to what you’d expect from a company that regulates human emotions. Kroll also hinted at what Park’s Logic Rock and other shows will be like, calling it a “pleasure” to expand on these ideas in a full-length series:
“You have these characters that represent a major force in the human condition,” Kroll explained of the major difference in creating the two shows. “The challenge has been that these characters don’t only function according to the one thing they do professionally. The Logic Rock is filled with a lot of emotion and love and that defies his nature. Building out the characters in that complex way has been a joy.”
Any animated show starring Maya Rudolph is worth watching, and given the popularity of Big Mouth on Netflix, this appears to be a foregone conclusion. However, it appears like things are moving in a very fascinating way.