It's not painless in the first trailer for the live-action/animated hybrid TV series SON OF ZORN

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Gosh, it seems like just yesterday that Craig was telling us all about the upcoming live-action/animated comedy TV series Son of Zorn which stars the voice of Jason Sudeikis as the animated barbarian Zorn, who returns to reconnect with his live-action ex-wife and son. Wait a minute, it was yesterday. And now I have no idea how to finish this so I’ll just use a full stop and hope no one notices.

So let’s watch the trailer, and just in case you missed it here’s the lengthy plot synopsis:

Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis (THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, “Horrible Bosses,” “We’re the Millers”), SON OF ZORN is a new hybrid live-action/animated comedy about an animated warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean – where everything and everyone is animated – who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son. ZORN (Sudeikis), the Defender of Zephyria, Conqueror of the tribes of Agon, decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith, has fought in countless epic battles throughout his life, but may find the greatest challenge of all when travels back to suburbia to reconnect with his family.

Once there, Zorn finds himself estranged from his son, ALANGULON or just “Alan” (Johnny Pemberton, “21 Jump Street”), a 17-year-old with a mellow, P.C. attitude; and Alan’s mother, Zorn’s ex-wife, EDIE (Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), a former wild child now living the life of an upper middle class mom. Zorn’s efforts to win them back are complicated by the fact that Edie is now engaged to CRAIG (Tim Meadows, “Saturday Night Live”), an online psychology professor and a stable presence in their lives.

Nevertheless, to be a good dad, Zorn commits to remaining in Orange County for the long haul, renting an apartment and even working in the exciting field of industrial soap sales under his boss, LINDA (Artemis Pebdani, “Scandal,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who likes his passion, but just wants him to rein it in at the office. As he adjusts to life in the suburbs, Zorn is the classic fish out of water, navigating his way through fatherhood, divorce and a boring office job. Sure, as an overlord of pain, he defeated glombeasts, wolf-bats and bloodthirsty arachnobots, but now he’ll go toe-to-toe with a new set of enemies: meter maids, dress codes and the DMV.

I was really intrigued by the premise of this show when reading about it yesterday and after watching the trailer I’m feeling… conflicted. I love the sheer ridiculousness of it and there’s some excellent banter and fish-out-of-water humour, but some of the jokes also just seem to fall flat. What do you think?

Son of Zorn is set to air on Sunday evenings later this year on FOX as part of their new fall (our spring) season line up. It stars Jason Sudeikis’ voice, Cheryl Hines, Cameron Monaghan, Artemis Pebdani and Tim Meadows.

Last Updated: May 17, 2016

Trevor Davies

I like pie, I think.

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