The Shivering Truth

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The Shivering Truth
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Genre
Created byVernon Chatman
Written byVernon Chatman
Directed byVernon Chatman
Cat Solen
Voices of
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12 (and 1 pilot)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Alex Bulkley[d]
  • Corey Campodonico[d]
  • Ryan Cunningham
  • Rebecca Bowen[e]
Cinematography
  • Mark Elfert (Pilot)
  • Tarin Anderson and Drew Fortier (Series)
Editor(s)Jon Philpot
Kira Ablak
Running time11 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkAdult Swim
Audio formatStereo
Original releasePilot:
May 22, 2018 (2018-05-22)
Official:
December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09) –
present
External links
Website

The Shivering Truth is an American adult stop-motion animated surrealist sketch comedy television series created by Vernon Chatman and directed by Chatman and Cat Solen. The show is produced by Solen with PFFR and ShadowMachine, and features the voice talents of Janeane Garofalo, Chatman, Kevin Breznahan, Trey Parker, Miriam Tolan, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Starlee Kine, Richard Steven Horvitz, Zack Pearlman, Maria Bamford, Conner O'Malley, David Cross, Martha Plimpton, Peter Serafinowicz, and Jordan Peele. 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.

On November 7, 2019, Adult Swim announced that the series would be renewed for a second season, which debuted on May 10, 2020.[1]

Style and content[edit]

When announced in a press release by Adult Swim in May 2017, The Shivering Truth was 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".[2][3]

The characters in the show are 10-inch (250 mm) puppets with wire-based armatures, created with silicon, wool, polystyrene, and resin.[4] 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."[4] 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."[4] 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 a 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!"[4]

Music[edit]

The song played during the closing credits is usually some version of the old English ballad "Long Lankin." The music is often distorted in some way and usually begins near the end of the ballad, at the lines "There's blood in the kitchen, there's blood in the hall / There's blood in the parlour where my lady did fall." Original score by Heather Christian. [5]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Pilot1May 22, 2018 (2018-05-22)
16December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)December 23, 2018 (2018-12-23)
26March 31, 2020 (2020-03-31)June 14, 2020 (2020-06-14)

Pilot (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
"Chaos Beknownst"[6]May 22, 2018 (2018-05-22)0000.502[7]
The tales of a blind girl from middle school, an unconventional suicide hotline operator and the butterfly effect taken to its logical conclusion.

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"The Nurple Rainbow"December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)TST1010.616[8]
The tales of kinky roommates, the greatest peek-a-boo player the world has ever known, chicken blood infusions and an unproductive office worker who learns to love himself.
22"The Magmafying Past"December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)TST1020.536[8]
The tales of a boy who builds a church and the intertwined lives of a private, sergeant and single woman.
33"Ogled Inklings"December 16, 2018 (2018-12-16)TST1030.601[9]
The tales of a prison in a desert, an amnesiac man who caused a car accident and the world's greatest poet.
44"ConstaDeath"December 16, 2018 (2018-12-16)TST1040.546[9]
The tales of escapism between a slave and his master, a man afflicted with perpetual death and a couple's neglected son.
55"Tow and Shell"December 23, 2018 (2018-12-23)TST1050.717[10]
The tales of a helpful 9-1-1 dispatcher and a boy who brought a conch shell to show-and-tell.
66"Fowl Flow"December 23, 2018 (2018-12-23)TST1060.630[10]
The tales of a man with a severed, human hand and a man and woman's insecurities.

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
71"Beast of Both Worlds"March 31, 2020 (2020-03-31)TST2010.345[11]
The tales of a man with terminal goofiness, God within a flower, unrequited love and crippling gloom.
82"The Burn Earner Spits"May 10, 2020 (2020-05-10)TST2020.706[12]
The tales of prayer in a new Age of Miracles, a television possessed by a dead girl and a skeptical and self-righteous cashier.
93"Carrion My Son"May 17, 2020 (2020-05-17)TST2030.617[13]
The tales of a new Messiah, a date for brunch and custom sex dolls.
104"Nesslessness"May 24, 2020 (2020-05-24)TST2040.600[14]
The tales of a shy girl, a panhandler's encounter with a woman and a neurotic firefighter.
115"The Diff"June 7, 2020 (2020-06-07)TST2050.375[15]
The tales of compatible cities, a child committed to perpetual tripping in order to save face and a man with a split personality.
126"Holeways"June 14, 2020 (2020-06-14)TST2060.508[16]
The tales of a trip to the dentist, a magician who discovered a new type of meat and a man's emptiness.

Release[edit]

The pilot episode premiered on the Adult Swim website on May 22, 2018.[17] Before the television premiere at midnight on December 9, 2018, Adult Swim created an "online scavenger hunt" by releasing all six episodes on multiple websites and platforms.[18]

In June 2020, the series was uploaded to subscription video on demand streaming service HBO Max, with the exception of the episode "Ogled Inklings", which was intentionally excluded due to a scene where a woman gives birth to a child wearing a peaked policeman's cap, whom the doctor refers to as "a dirty pig". This ban likely took place due to the then-ongoing George Floyd protests and rising prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement, with an Adult Swim representative stating that "When Adult Swim transitions series to a new platform we determine what episodes are selected through creative and cultural filters and our standards and practices policies. Oftentimes these decisions are made in collaboration with the show’s creator”. Similar action was also taken against episodes of The Boondocks and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.[19]

Reception[edit]

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".[20][21] 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 be sure if you should laugh, wince, or look at your friends and ask, 'What the fuck?'"[22] 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".[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adult Swim Greenlights New "Fairy Tales" Series Plus More Seasons of "The Shivering Truth," "Lazor Wulf" and "12 Oz. Mouse"". The Futon Critic. 2019-11-07. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  2. ^ Megh Wright (May 17, 2017). "Adult Swim Orders Stop-Motion Pilot 'The Shivering Truth' from Vernon Chatman". Vulture. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Sam Barsanti (May 17, 2017). "Adult Swim announces new stop-motion series The Shivering Truth". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ https://store.heatherchristian.com/
  6. ^ "Chaos Beknownst - S1 - The Shivering Truth". Adultswim.com. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 15, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals and Network Finals: 5.13.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (December 11, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals and Network Finals: 12.9.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (December 18, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals and Network Finals: 12.16.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (December 27, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals and Network Finals: 12.23.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  11. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.31.2020". Showbuzz Daily. 2020-04-01. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  12. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.10.2020". Showbuzz Daily. 2020-05-12. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  13. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.17.2020". Showbuzz Daily. 2020-05-21. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  14. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.24.2020". Showbuzz Daily. 2020-05-29. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  15. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.7.2020". Showbuzz Daily. 2020-06-09. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  16. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.14.2020". Showbuzz Daily. 2020-06-16. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  17. ^ "Specials - The Shivering Truth". Adult Swim. May 22, 2018. Archived from the original on December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  18. ^ Steve Greene (December 9, 2018). "'The Shivering Truth': Watch the First Episode Before It Airs on Adult Swim". IndieWire. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  19. ^ Reuben Baron (October 1, 2020). "Adult Swim 'Retiring' Episodes Is Problematic - But It's Certainly Not New". CBR. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  20. ^ Daniel Kurland (May 13, 2018). "Breaking Down Adult Swim's New Pilots". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  21. ^ Daniel Kurland (December 9, 2018). "The Shivering Truth Review". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  22. ^ Jonathan Barkan (November 27, 2018). "Adult Swim's THE SHIVERING TRUTH is Pure Nightmare Fuel Genius". Dread Central. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  23. ^ 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.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Co-executive Producer
  2. ^ a b c Executive Producer for HouseSpecial, season two only
  3. ^ a b Executive Producer for Williams Street
  4. ^ a b season one only
  5. ^ season two only

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