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The Shivering Truth

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The Shivering Truth
GenreAdult animation
Black comedy
Surreal humour
Dark fantasy
Created byVernon Chatman
Written byVernon Chatman
Directed byVernon Chatman
Cat Solen
Voices ofVernon Chatman
Kevin Breznahan
Janeane Garofalo
Trey Parker
Miriam Tolan
Michael Cera
Jonah Hill
Starlee Kine
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producer(s)PFFR
Cat Solen
Running time11 minutes
Original networkAdult Swim
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseDecember 9, 2018 –

External links

The Shivering Truth is an American stop-motion animated surrealist dark comedy anthology television series created by Vernon Chatman and directed by Chatman and Cat Soren. The show is produced by Soren with PFFR and ShadowMachine, and features the voice talents of Chatman, Kevin Breznahan, Janeane Garofalo, Trey Parker, Miriam Tolan, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Starlee Kine. The Shivering Truth premiered at midnight on December 9, 2018 on Adult Swim, with the pilot episode having been released online on May 22, 2018 on the Adult Swim website.

Style and content

When announced in a press release by Adult Swim in May 2017, The Shivering Truth is described as "a delicately crafted, darkly surreal anthology comedy, a miniature propulsive omnibus cluster bomb of painfully riotous daymares all dripping with the orange goo of dream logic. A series of loosely-linked emotional parables about stories within tales that crawled out of the deepest caverns of your unconscious mind and became lovingly animated in breath-slapping stop motion – in other words, it is the TRUTH".[1][2]

The characters in the show are 10-inch-tall puppets with wire-based armatures, created with silicon, wool, polystyrene, and resin.[3] Chatman stated that around six months of physical production, a month of recording, and two-and-a-half months of post-production were needed to complete six episodes. Chatman has noted several inspirations for his work on the show, including Terry Gilliam's work on Monty Python's Flying Circus, stating that "I saw it when I was very young, so it scared me. I didn't know when the animation was beginning or ending."[3] He also explained that "A lot of my influences are non-animated, primarily in short films, novels, even radio shows. A recent one is David Eagleman's books on the brain. He's a neuroscientist and he gives you 40 different versions of the afterlife, and none of them can co-exist."[3] Solen has spoken on her inspirations as well, saying that "I loved the movie The Wizard of Speed and Time, which is a cautionary tale about making movies. Another film that I loved as kid was Nicolas Roeg's [film] adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches, which featured both Anjelica Huston and Jim Henson's puppets. It scared me so much!"[3]


Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
17May 22, 2018 (2018-05-22)TBA

Season 1 (2018)

No.TitleOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
0"Chaos Beknownst"May 22, 2018 (2018-05-22)TBATBA
1"The Nurple Rainbow"December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)TBATBA
2"The Magmafying Past"December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)TBATBA
3"Ogled Inklings"December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)TBATBA
4"Constadeath"December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)TBATBA
5"Tow and Shell"December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)TBATBA
6"Fowl Flow"December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)TBATBA


The pilot episode premiered on the Adult Swim website on May 22, 2018.[4] Before the television premiere at midnight on December 9, 2018, Adult Swim created an "online scavenger hunt" by releasing the first five episodes on multiple websites and platforms.[5]

Critical reception

Daniel Kurland of Den of Geek praised the pilot along with the subsequent first episodes to premiere, giving the show a score of 5/5 and calling it "straight up one of the best things that I’ve ever seen in my life".[6][7] Jonathan Barkan of Dread Central called the show "pure nightmare fuel genius", writing that it "looks like the cast aside baby of Charlie Kaufman and Wes Anderson ... it's packed full of absurdist humor, the kind of stuff that you will watch and not sure if you should laugh, wince, or look at your friends and ask, 'What the fuck?'"[8] Dave Trumbore of Collider wrote that "It’s not often you get to put this level of artistry and insanity on display on an international television network", and that "You’ll definitely laugh while watching The Shivering Truth, but there’s just as good a chance that you’ll throw up a bit, too".[9]


  1. ^ Megh Wright (May 17, 2017). "Adult Swim Orders Stop-Motion Pilot 'The Shivering Truth' from Vernon Chatman". Vulture. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Sam Barsanti (May 17, 2017). "Adult Swim announces new stop-motion series The Shivering Truth". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Ramin Zahed (December 5, 2018). "Adult Swim's 'The Shivering Truth': Nightmares in Stop Motion". Animation Magazine. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Specials - The Shivering Truth". Adult Swim. May 22, 2018. Archived from the original on December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Steve Greene (December 9, 2018). "'The Shivering Truth': Watch the First Episode Before It Airs on Adult Swim". IndieWire. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  6. ^ Daniel Kurland (May 13, 2018). "Breaking Down Adult Swim's New Pilots". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  7. ^ Daniel Kurland (December 9, 2018). "The Shivering Truth Review". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Jonathan Barkan (November 27, 2018). "Adult Swim's THE SHIVERING TRUTH is Pure Nightmare Fuel Genius". Dread Central. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Dave Trumbore (December 9, 2018). "'The Shivering Truth' Review: Vernon Chatman's Adult Swim Series Is a Short-Form Nightmare". Collider. Retrieved December 10, 2018.

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