FOX Entertainment has released the first of two football-oriented Dogs Playing Poker 2D animated shorts they’ve produced with Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Denis Leary, based on the Icebox animated series Poker Night, inspired by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s iconic 1900s art series, “Dogs Playing Poker.” The first Dogs Playing Poker short aired this past Saturday during FOX’s NFL Pregame Coverage.
Dogs Playing Poker centers on five dog friends – Brownie (Leary), Daphne (Elaine Hendrix, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), Ditka (Roy Wood, Jr., The Daily Show), Froyo (Bobby Kelly, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and Stan (Adam Ferrara, Rescue Me) – as they banter about football and other timely sports topics.
Leary co-wrote, executive-produced and voiced the lead character in each short. Dogs Playing Poker is part of Leary’s recent broadcast-direct deal with FOX to create, develop and produce comedy, drama, and animated content for the network.
Take a a minute and 30 seconds to enjoy a group of football-loving dogs playing poker:
“At long last FOX lets America find out what we dogs think about football,” said Leary. “Spoiler alert: we’re very upset there isn’t a single NFL team named after a canine. Cats, horses, birds – even dolphins – all have their own teams. Not one dog! Throw us a bone, guys. Literally and figuratively.”
The show is created by, co-written and executive-produced by Emmy-winning writer-producer Jim Margolis (Veep, The Daily Show) and produced by FOX’s animation studio, Bento Box Entertainment. Jack Leary (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), Rob Greenberg (The Moodys, Frasier) and Howard Gordon (24, Homeland) will also executive produce.
The second short will debut on Sunday, January 17, when FOX NFL playoff coverage continues. After their linear telecast during FOX NFL, longer versions of each Dogs Playing Poker short will be available on FOX-owned-and-operated digital platforms, as well as on select social platforms.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.