HBO Max has finally set a release date for its highly anticipated satirical animated comedy about the British Royal Family. A trailer for The Prince dropped Wednesday to confirm the actual release date. The passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in April this year delayed the original release date. However, the streaming service is now dropping the first 12 episodes at 3 am on Thursday, July 29.
The Prince animated comedy drops on HBO Max
The new Gary Janetti-created cartoon gives a truly remarkable resemblance to each member of The Firm. The new animated comedy is a satirical twist on the daily lives of the British Royal Family seen through the lens of an animated, eight-year-old Prince George. In case you don’t know, George is the eldest son of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The prince is also third in line for the British Crown.
The satirical animated series features a number of A-listers, lending their voices to members of the Royal Family. Gary Janetti himself voices the character of Prince George. Iwan Rheon is the voice of Prince William, while Lucy Punch plays Kate Middleton. Prince Harry is voiced by Orlando Bloom, with Condola Rashad doing Meghan Markle.
The voice of Queen Elizabeth is Frances de la Tour, while Dan Stevens plays Prince Charles. Stevens also voices the late Prince Philip, who passed away in April at 99. As noted by the NY Post, that sad event delayed the premiere of the animated comedy.
How did the comedy come about?
Gary Janetti is known for his popular and hilarious Instagram profile, where he has often satirized royal news, pretending George has snide responses to them. These proved to be so popular, Janetti decided to turn his idea into a full-blown animated comedy.
A number of TV personalities will also be making guest appearances on the show. Among these cameos will be Andy Cohen, Kelly Ripa and Brad Goreski. The series will also feature a number of cast members from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, including Erika Jayne, Garcelle Beauvais, Teddi Mellencamp, Dorit Kemsley, Lisa Rinna and Kyle Richards.
Reaction to the trailer for The Prince
Judging from the comments to the trailer, most viewers compared the new show to Family Guy. One wrote, “Its [sic] like a show about a british stewie.” Meanwhile, another viewer noted that “Not every adult animation needs to look like Family Guy.”
Another critic wrote, “Surface level political satire, weird facial expressions, adults with low intelligence… yep, we got another low-bar adult animated show.” Another referred to The Crown, noting that every streaming channel loves to “tick off” the Royal Family. One viewer felt it was a “bit tacky” to go after Prince George. They wrote, “Even Fleet Street gives them until puberty before they start ripping into them.”
Despite the criticism, we have to say, the resemblances to the Royal Family in the trailer below are remarkable.
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