A wealth of new information about Smiling friends were revealed during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, ranging from trivia about season one to exciting details about the upcoming second season.
As for Season 1, fans learned a few neat things about planned guest stars and scrapped concepts. Read all the details below:
- Kirk Douglas and Norm Macdonald were wanted guest stars.
- Originally Pim was the one to die in the finale, but Charlie having more to learn made more sense. The episode’s pitch even had a drawing of a dead Pim on it.
- Sir. Frog was the first character created for the show and is not based on any celebrity. He is mostly based on author Hunter S. Thompson’s daily schedule, which was filled with drug use and wild activities.
- The Boss is partially based on John McAfee of McAfee Antivirus.
- Glep’s wife is canonically named Marge Simpson, even in the pitch bible, and the red-haired woman who dressed up as a mouse in the Halloween episode is Charlie’s girlfriend.
- The city in Smiling friends is an amalgamation of Philadelphia, Kansas and Australia, where Zach and Michael grew up and lived.
- There was originally another member of the main group who can be seen in the pilot. He was a blue janitor whose gimmick made things dirtier. He was dropped because of the lack of ideas the staff had for him and because his lack of speech made him similar to Glep.
- There was a longer theme song that series co-creator Michael Cusack wrote, but despite being fully composed, it was cut to allow more time to be spent on the stories of the episodes themselves.
Some additional details involving the upcoming second season were also revealed, which you can read below:
- It is unlikely that former customers of De Smilende Venner will return, and if they do, it will be with new problems. Smiling friends co-creators Zach Hadel and Michael Cusack prefer to work on new characters and ideas.
- One of the characters could potentially become president in an episode of season two.
- The boss’s house will be featured in season two.
“Smiling friends follows the employees of a small company dedicated to bringing happiness to a bizarre but colorful world,” reads the official synopsis of the series. The series was created by Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel, two popular Internet animators who also voice, respectively Pim and Charlie Before Smiling friendsCusack also created the swim series for adults YOLO: Crystal Fantasy.