The longtime webcomic Cyanide & Happiness has achieved its true form today as The Cyanide & Happiness Show, a new series on YouTube.
The series, created by Rob Denbleyker, Kris Wilson, Matt Melvin and Dave McElfatrick, started in 2004 and occasionally featured animated components. Now it is fully animated and glorious. Episode 1, “A Day at the Beach” which is now featured on the group’s already popular ExplosmEntertainment YouTube page, is an 11-minute long ode to frenetic short-form skits — a sort of “Robot Chicken” with more cyanide. Plus you get the full-length Ultrasoldier short, along with several other classic bits previously mentioned throughout the comic’s incarnations.
Though Melvin is still given a production credit for his work in creating the webcomic, allegedly he is no longer with the group — an apparently controversial ousting that none of the creators are at liberty to talk about, according to Melvin’s Facebook post about the incident. Perhaps more interesting is Philip DeFranco’s inclusion as a producer on the new series. Ol’ Philly D knows a good project when he sees one apparently.
The show, which had a Kickstarter to fund the adventures (and achieved over 300 percent of its asking price), will run an entire season of roughly 12-minute episodes and promises a 3D component as well as an awesome New Year’s surprise. So, stay tuned, I guess is the message here.