Published Dec 19, 2016Canadian hit Corner Gas delivered six seasons and a movie, but apparently the show's story isn't ending there. The real life sets may have recently been demolished, but they won't be needed for the next incarnation of the series because Corner Gas is coming back as an animated program.
The cartoon reboot has been greenlit for 13 half-hour episodes that will air on the Comedy Network during the 2017-18 broadcast season.
The re-imagination comes from the mind of original series creator and star Brent Butt, who is producing the series along with David Storey and Virginia Thompson. The animation itself will be produced by Prairie Pantoons, Moving Mountoons and Smiley Guy Studios, and pre-production is slated to begin in Toronto and Vancouver next month.
According to a press release, the main cast of characters is confirmed to return — including Emma, originally played the late Janet Wright. The actress passed away last month at the age of 71, but her family has given their blessing to the animated reincarnation of her character.
Brent (Brent Butt), Lacey (Gabrielle Miller), Oscar (Eric Peterson), Hank (Fred Ewanuick), Davis (Lorne Cardinal), Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn), and Wanda (Nancy Robertson) will all be making their return to the fictional town of Dog River, as well.
"I've always loved animation," Butt said in a statement about the upcoming project. "After high school, I was accepted into the animation program at Sheridan College, but I chose to pursue stand-up comedy. It's been a huge amount of fun creating animated scripts for our Corner Gas gang. We used to come up with some pretty wild fantasy sequences and bizarre flashbacks in the old story room, but were limited with what we could do in the real world. Buckle up! We're not in the real world anymore!"
Get your first look at the animated series by watching a teaser trailer down below.