Jay & Silent Bob Get Animated

Kevin Smith announces US film tour

Though he’s a lot more focused on his future these days, with podcasts, TV shows, Q&A tours and a lot more planned, Kevin Smith has decided to revisit one of his best-loved creations for a new animated film. Work on Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie has been underway for a while now, and Smith is ready to take it on tour.

Produced by his partner-in-snoogans Jason Mewes, the film finds stoners Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) realising they can no longer stomach the ever-growing weed of suburban crime. Jay & Silent Bob take on the mantles of costumed avengers Bluntman & Chronic, smashing super-villains they accidentally create. Can the Doobage Duo save their beloved Jersey ‘burbs from their new archenemies, the League of Shitters?

With a thrifty budget of $69,000 (yes, go ahead and titter; Kevin and Jay certainly have been), the film features the voice work of Eliza Dushku, Tara Strong, Ralph Garman, Neil Gaiman, Ben Gleib, Jon Lovitz and the various personalities who make up the SModCo podcast network. It’s been created by Steve Stark, a Canadian animator who approached Smith and Mewes with a YouTube ‘toon he crafted based on a SModcast episode.

The film is on tour (with bonus Q&A appearances from the cast) around the States from April 20, with full details here and tickets going on sale on March 1. As for UK screenings, we’ll have to wait and see, though we suspect it could happen or Smith may make one of the screenings available at cinemas.