A new stop-motion series to feature a star-studded cast, From Tom Waits to Kristen Bell

‘Ultra City Smiths’ is to debut on AMC+

This summer, AMC+ streaming service will start airing a new stop-motion animated series titled Ultra City Smiths. According to the reports, the series was created by Steve Conrad, who also made the series Patriot and Perpetual Grace LTD. The new series features a stellar voice cast: Tom Waits as the show’s narrator, Jimmi Simpson (Westworld), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name), John C. Reilly (Stepbrothers, Walk Hard), Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers), Jason Mantzoukas (Big Mouth), Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Dax Shepard (Parenthood), Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights), Damon Herriman (JustifiedUnderground Railroad), Melissa Villaseñor (SNL), Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show), Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric), Tim Meadows (SNL), and Alia Shawkat (Search Party).

According to the official synopsis from AMC, “The series hinges on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of fictional metropolis Ultra City’s most famous magnate (Smith). Two intrepid detectives (Simpson and Randolph) follow the case, rallying to fight against their city’s dangerous corruption, at a high cost to themselves and their families, all in pursuit of a gentler place to call home.”

The first two episodes of Ultra City Smiths premiere Thursday, July 22 on AMC+ with subsequent episodes airing Thursdays.

The theme song for Ultra City Smiths was written by Jim Becker of Chicago alternative favorites Califone.

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