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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Santo Cilauro says animated series Pacific Heat is more Scooby-Doo than Archer

New animated series from Working Dog … Pacific Heat.. Scene from the Emmy-winning animated series Archer.
Nanjing Night Net

Santo Cilauro … “I’ve always thought this is a little bit CSI Miami, a little bit Scooby Do.”

For a production company that has come up with more successful ideas across film and television than just about anyone, Santo Cilauro​ seems amused and a little bemused by the suggestion that Working Dog’s new animated TV series Pacific Heat is not that original.

When news of the series broke on the weekend, there was no shortage of online chatter that suggested it seemed a lot like the hit American animated series Archer.

Pacific Heat centres on an undercover special unit “established by police authorities to tackle everyone from petty crooks to international drug cartels”, with agents voiced by Working Dog’s Cilauro, Rob Sitch and Tom Gleisner as well as Rebecca Massey and Lucia Mastrantone​.

The Emmy award winning Archer, on the other hand, centres on a maverick secret agent and the spy team run by his mother.

“Why does this look like an Archer knock off?” tweeted ‘thedudestv’, based on an image run by Variety. “Same animation style as Archer and from the look of it, the same tone and basic premise (switch CIA for PD),” posted ‘IndustryMexican.’ Am I seeing things or does this look very familiar? [email protected]://t.co/MBFsmtopO8— Samantha Perez (@samperez242) September 30, 2016Hmm I think @ArcherFX might want a word with @workingdogprodhttps://t.co/HkI7FckdQR— [[Snuff-Horror]] (@SilentHamish) September 30, 2016

Cilauro says he is not a great watcher of animation but has seen “bits of Archer so I know it’s about a suave international spy who gets up to all sorts of things.

“I’m really not sure [about similarities] but I guess people will make up their own minds. I know this is specifically a police procedural; that’s what we love.

“Funnily enough, we kept away from the spy/espionage [genre] because we didn’t think it was Australian enough.”

Cilauro thinks Pacific Heat is actually closer to another famous animated series.

“In a way, I wouldn’t be surpised if the makers of Scooby-Doo got upset,” he says. “I don’t know about Archer but I’ve always thought this is a little bit CSI Miami, a little bit Scooby-Doo.”

Commissioned by Foxtel in 2014, the 13-episode series and will premiere in Australia on Foxtel’s Comedy Channel on November 27 before screening in other countries through Netflix.

As he thinks it over, Cilauro thinks Pacific Heat might have similarities to Archer.

“It’s a comedy; it’s animated,” he says. “It’s a little bit sexy and I know in Archer you see curvaceous women and good-looking guys.

“It’s got a bit of that but I don’t know how many other animations do the same thing. And in terms of the look of it, we basically went for what is the quickest way we can make the show.

“We didn’t want it to look as simplistic as South Park, even though it would have made it a lot quicker and easier for us to do. We didn’t want to make it look like anime because that would have taken too long.

“So we just kept looking at different designs and said ‘you know what, this is the quickest way to get [what started as a] radio play into a visual form.’ We didn’t pay too much attention to who it looked like, what it looked like, whether it was reminiscent of something else.

“We just said that’s the way we pictured it in our heads.”

Since breaking through with the television comedy series The D-Generation in the 1980s, Working Dog’s prodigious output includes The Castle, The Dish,Any Questions For Ben? and the documentary The Campaign in film plus The Late Show, Frontline, The Panel, Funky Squad, A River Somewhere, All Aussie Adventures, Thank God You’re Here, The Hollowmen, Utopia and Have You Been Paying Attention? in television.

As well as co-writing a third series of Utopia, Cilauro hosts a football podcast with Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee along the lines of their comic football shows for SBS and Foxtel.

The radio play that inspired Pacific Heat dates back to the team’s breakfast radio show on Triple M two decades ago.

“We used to do a thing called FM Playhouse,” Cilauro says. “One of the main topics for our radio plays were police procedurals …

“Funky Squad actually started out as a radio play, which we did more than 20 years ago. There are other shows we did called Johnny Swank, which was a spy radio serial.

“But police procedurals are the ones that have always stuck with us. We grew up with Hawaii Five-0 and we’re always amused that Hawaii Five-0 is still on now.

“There’s never an end to all the tropes of police procedurals so we thought why don’t we revive one of our old ideas, which is a just crack, sexy squad, and we thought the best was to put pictures to the radio play in an animated form.”

Pacific Heat is described as an animation for adults, which Cilauro says just means “it’s not Blinky Bill, it’s not a kid’s show” rather than a reference to any ‘mature’ content.

“If you look at the content, it’s not incredibly challenging,” he says. “It’s silly jokes with silly visuals.”

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