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Hulu’s coming-of-age comedy sequence PEN15 is about to get an entire lot extra surreal and unusual. In an unique interview with Vainness Truthful, cocreator, author, and Anna Kone actress Anna Konkle revealed the upcoming season two episode “Jacuzzi” shall be fully animated. The episode hits Hulu on August 27, hopefully not too lengthy earlier than the sequence returns with the second half of season two.
In keeping with Vainness Truthful, the episode takes place instantly after PEN15‘s midseason finale and follows finest pals perpetually Anna (Konkle) and Maya (Maya Erskine) as they take a household trip to sunny Florida. In keeping with Konkle, the episode digs deep into her personal recollections of household holidays to Florida and the way it was “by no means actually […] what you thought it was going to be.” Konkle expanded, saying:
“I grew up going to Fort Lauderdale, the place my grandparents lived in a retirement facility. I used to be excited to go, however then I might get there and bear in mind, Okay, Anna, you’re sleeping on a mattress within the sunroom. So that you’re going to get up in a pool of sweat on rubber. And you’ll not see an individual your age for per week, and if somebody agrees to play playing cards with you, you’re fortunate.”
Whereas “Jacuzzi” was initially alleged to be a 40-minute live-action particular using “digital camera methods and prosthetics” to higher showcase and signify how Maya and Anna internalized their weird trip, the workforce in the end settled on switching over to animation even earlier than COVID compelled their hand. Nevertheless, regardless of the pivot to animation, the episode will nonetheless be framed round Maya documenting the journey on her camcorder. When requested why, Konkle mentioned the inspiration got here from her personal experiences together with her dad being “actually f*cking annoying together with his camcorder,” in addition to to higher convey the episode’s message.
“It feels extra true to the trivialities of on a regular basis life, form of soiled and various,” Konkle advised Vainness Truthful. “And we might direct in any approach that [we wanted] to make using the VHS cool, not being restricted to live-action camcorder.”
The Emmy-nominated sequence has but to announce when the second half of its second season will hit Hulu, however right here’s hoping the upcoming particular means it’s not far off.