Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. A brokenhearted boy from Toronto, who is dating a high schooler, meets a girl from New York. The boy falls in love but learns that to date that girl from New York, he will have to fight her seven evil exes. Such is the premise of the story for Edgar Wright’s film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Mally’s Scott Pilgrim comic book series.
Now, Netflix is bringing back the cast of the live-action film to voice their respective characters for Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, an all-new animated series that is faithful to the art and style of the comics of the same name. And the streaming service has released a trailer that gives us a better look at the kinetic visual style, irreverent humor, and headbanger earworm score.
Executive producers and co-showrunners Bryan Lee O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinski shared the teaser at the NYCC this past weekend.
The visual language of the comic books helped inform Award-winning animation house Science SARU for the anime look and feel. It’s almost as if they reverse-engineered the series, taking what made the live-action film so wonderful and implementing a more animated feel to it. As such, we get what’s closer to a comic book in motion. Not so much what we’ve seen where some studios have made a CG and traditionally hand-drawn hybrid, but more closer to the classic anime look.
The anime series reunites the original film cast to reprise their roles, including Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Ramona Flowers), Satya Bhabha (Matthew Patel), Kieran Culkin (Wallace Wells), Chris Evans (Lucas Lee), Anna Kendrick (Stacey Pilgrim), Brie Larson (Envy Adams), Alison Pill (Kim Pine), Aubrey Plaza (Julie Powers), Brandon Routh (Todd Ingram), Jason Schwartzman (Gideon Graves), Johnny Simmons (Young Neil), Mark Webber (Stephen Stills), Mae Whitman (Roxie Richter), and Ellen Wong (Knives Chau).
The original film’s director, co-writer and producer Edgar Wright serves as executive producer alongside Marc Platt, Jared LeBoff, Adam Siegel, Michael Bacall, and Eunyoung Choi.
Scott Pilgrim Takes Off debuts exclusively on Netflix on November 17, 2023.