ComingSoon editor-in-chief Tyler Treese spoke Intergalactic stars Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi and Jessica Williams on the Netflix animated event, which will begin streaming on September 30, 2022. Mescudi also co-created the TV event with Kenya Barris.
“An original, immersive, animated story about a young artist named Jabari – voiced by Mescudi – as he tries to balance love and success,” the synopsis says. “Finding the latter brings Jabari one step closer to the former as moving into his dream apartment introduces him to his new neighbor, photographer it-girl Meadow – voiced by Jessica Williams. An explosion of art, music and fashion, Intergalactic takes place in the only city that can do all three: New York.”
Tyler Treese: Scott, I’ve been a huge fan of your music and one thing you’ve always been able to do is create a vibe for the listener through the production, your lyrics, and even just your hum. With Entergalactic you get an extra layer to play with, with the visuals looking just amazing. So how important was just having a good look to the series to really advance the art?
Scott Mescudi: Man, I think you know, with me, I think my whole career has always been about how I push it. How do I bring new experiences to the listener, to the fans? And with this, before I started, it was like I was in this place where I was really tired of recording an album and just putting it out and making two music videos and then that would be it, you know? And I’ve always wanted to do some visual album, but it’s been done before and I was just trying to figure out my angle.
So when this came up, it was kind of like, “Oh, this is perfect.” You know, I can kind of make something where the music is as important as the visuals and it drives the story. And it’s something new, and the animation can be new and groundbreaking and different, you know? Everything is increased, the music is increased, the animation is increased. And meet with [director Fletcher Moules]he was the key, our director, and found exactly what I wanted with the animation.
We went back and forth for months just trying to get it right. He was a real big help. You know, the first mockup he did of the character was pretty much spot on. I felt we put it in good hands with Fletch. So it’s very important to me to just push it and make sure kids experience something they’ve never seen before.
Jessica, there is a really good love story here. What element of Jabari and Meadow’s relationship did you find the most touching?
Jessica Williams: The element of Meadow and Jabari’s relationship that I found most touching was when she jumped on the back of his bike. That, I think about that a lot, it’s stuck with me, and we’ve been doing this project over a couple of years. I like the symbolism of it and I like how cute it is. It’s as simple as that for me. It’s a really nice action between the two of them, and I also think it fits our film really well. Yes, I like it.
Mescudi: Yes. I agree.
This is one of the most incredible casts I have ever seen in a televised event.
Mescudi: I know. I am so lucky.
Similar to an album where you get features. What was it like just getting all your friends involved, all these amazing actors, and wanting them to be a part of your vision?
Mescudi: Man, I remember when we first started, I was talking to [executive producer Karina Manashil] and the team, and I was just like, “Man, we’re going to find out who can do this. Do you think they’re going to do this?” Like, names would come up and like, Jessica’s name comes up and I was like, “Okay, she’s in this Fantastic beasts movie, this huge movie, do you want to do this?”
You know, and it’s like asking Timothée, even though Timothée is my boy, I know that Timothée has Dune and all the other stuff going on, these big movies, would he like to do my little animated show? It really just warmed my heart to see so many people just get behind it and get behind my idea, you know?
And when we did that junket when we were all together a few months ago, and then we had that question where we were like, “What brought you all into the project?” and all of you [said it was because of me]. Like, that moment right there was like, “Oh my God.” I just felt so good, you know? Because anybody, any artist, especially when you’re trying new things and you’re going on a journey and everybody involved knew that this was something different and new, it’s just… It just means so much that there’s so many people who are willing to take that trip with you, you know? They are willing to trust you throughout this journey.