A Kardashian Animated Series Would Make A Lot Of Sense, Actually
If you're ready for a whole new level of entertainment from America's most heavily-documented family, steel yourself. It's rumored that we could be getting a Kardashian family cartoon. TMZ stated that Kris Jenner had a meeting with Harvey Weinstein's company earlier this month to pitch the show, which would be "a primetime pitch... and not for kids." Bustle has reached out to Jenner's representatives for comment, but did not receive an immediate response. Whether true or not, if you're now paralyzed by the question of if any of this makes sense, unable to move any further with your day, hit up your next meeting, call your mother, or fix a snack, let me clear this up for you. It makes all the sense in the world.
Sure, the family already has their dangerously addictive show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, plus its spin-offs like Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, Khloé & Lamar, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and Revenge Body, as well as the game for iPhone and Android Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. So, at this point, you'd be forgiven an eye roll or two. Do we really need more Kardashian content?
But that question is roughly equivalent to asking if you really need another scoop of your old friend Ben & Jerry's. Nobody needs more ice cream. But most people with functioning taste buds would already be a spoon deep into the tub before they'd even ask themselves that question.
That said, it's not just about the pleasure factor of getting more Kardashian content on the small screen. This rumor also feels logical because of the way cartoons operate now and the audiences that watch them. You're probably already aware that millennials love nostalgia and kids' content. How else do you explain 59 percent of The Lion King 3D's audience over opening weekend being people under 25? Or studios aiming to attract adults to what's supposedly a kids' movie — as with Disney's live-action remake of former cartoon classic Beauty and the Beast — by casting Emma Watson, an actor who speaks to "the millennial generation in an authentic way"?
So creating a show that's visually appealing to kids but that reaches out to adults (who may still err towards a childish aesthetic in their entertainment choices) is a seriously smart move.
Plus, in a generation of too much TV choice, one show stands the test of time: The Simpsons has the most episodes of any scripted TV show in U.S. history. It's easy to see why. Its mix of childlike visuals and adult humor means it reaches an incredibly broad audience. It's the same story with South Park, which is currently cable’s longest-running scripted primetime series. Cartoons are big business in the TV world.
Besides which, both cartoons have incorporated the family or members of the family into episodes like "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" (from what else — South Park) and "White Christmas Blues" (The Simpsons). This makes sense, since the family's enormous levels of fame make them an easy target for satire attempting to dissect what celebrity is all about. So why not launch their own cartoon to make fun of all the people who've made fun of them in the past?
It even makes sense visually, since they've got an immediately recognizable and very consistent look. When you think of the Kardashians, you think of the carefully tousled Disney princess hair and the closely fitting dresses, right? Just as you immediately recognize Daria or Beavis or Arnold onscreen, I'd imagine it would be a similar story with the animated version of the Kardashians.
While this is, again, just a rumor, even if it's fake news, it's giving me some very real feels. Watch this space. Given millennial love for both cartoons and Kardashians, I imagine it's only going to be a matter of time until they displace the Simpsons as your favorite cartoon family.