The Borgen episode in which a group of nerds are trapped in a video game, played out over a decade ago, has become a cult classic among fans.
That said, the series’ current director of animation, Tom McCarthy, admits he has “never watched anything” with the Borgen name on it, and says that he “never really understood the Borgens” appeal.
“I was a fan of ‘Star Trek’ and ‘The X-Files,'” McCarthy said in an interview with Vulture.
“But the Borgans are the best.”
McCarthy has spent decades as an animator, animating many popular series like “Porky Pig” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” as well as shows like “The Office,” “The West Wing,” and “Duck Dynasty.”
He’s also worked on such hit TV shows as “Scandal,” “House of Cards,” and the upcoming “Orange Is the New Black.”
But the work McCarthy is best known for is his work on the “Star Trek” animated series, which has earned him two Emmy nominations and three Emmys, and he’s now on board for a new series called “Borgens.”
“Borg” is about the “Bionicle” comic book series, and the team of Borgens (a group of aliens who inhabit a universe) try to find a way to survive in the face of a mysterious new threat.
“Bobby and his team are trapped and fighting for their lives against the Borg, and we are all fighting against our own fears,” McCarthy said.
“There’s an amazing, emotional arc and tension between all of us as we try to figure out who we are.”
McCarthy is working with his brother, producer Scott Neustadter, on the series, so he won’t have to be working on an animated series alone.
“Scott Neustader and I had an agreement,” McCarthy joked.
“The idea is to work together as a team.
Scott and I will animate the series together.
So I’ll be the animator on ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ and I’ll animate ‘Bones.'”
McCarthy also says the series is set in the year 2027, “which is really cool.”
“This is a really, really good year for television,” McCarthy says.
“It’s very diverse.
There’s a lot of things to watch.”
McCarthy will be making his first feature film since “Boys Do Cry,” which was directed by Matt Reeves, who is producing the show.
“We wanted to make a show where people can watch something in the future and say, ‘Wow, I had a great time watching this,'” McCarthy says, “but it’s not like you’re watching it at the end of a sci-fi movie.”
“I think we’ve done it in a really good way,” McCarthy continued.
“This was an ambitious thing to do.
The series is very grounded in the reality of what is happening today, and that’s what we try not to do.”
He says that his goal is to make the series “like a family.”