Undone (TV series)

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Undone
Undone (TV series) poster.jpg
Genre
Created by
Directed byHisko Hulsing
Starring
Composer(s)Amie Doherty
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Raphael Bob-Waksberg
  • Kate Purdy
  • Noel Bright
  • Steven A. Cohen
  • Tommy Pallotta
CinematographyNick Ferreiro
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkPrime Video
Original releaseSeptember 13, 2019 (2019-09-13) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Undone is an American comedy-drama television animated series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, and starring Rosa Salazar. The series premiered on September 13, 2019, on Amazon Prime Video. It is Amazon's first original animated series and its first series to use rotoscoping. In November 2019, Amazon renewed Undone for a second season.[1]

Premise[edit]

Undone explores "the elastic nature of reality through its central character, Alma. After getting into a nearly fatal car accident, Alma discovers she has a new relationship with time and uses this ability to find out the truth about her father’s death."[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Rosa Salazar as Alma Winograd-Diaz: She begins to develop the ability to manipulate and move time, following a car crash.
  • Angelique Cabral as Becca Winograd-Diaz: Alma's younger sister, who is engaged to be married.
  • Constance Marie as Camila Diaz: Alma's mother.
  • Siddharth Dhananjay as Sam: Alma's boyfriend.
  • Daveed Diggs as Tunde: Alma's boss at a daycare.
  • Bob Odenkirk as Jacob Winograd: Alma's dead father who enlists her help in investigating his murder.

Supporting[edit]

  • Kevin Bigley as Reed Hollingsworth: Becca's fiancé.
  • John Corbett as Layton Hollingsworth: Reed's father
  • Jeanne Tripplehorn as Beth Hollingsworth: Reed's mother.
  • Sheila Vand as Farnaz: Jacob's student and research assistant who also was killed in the crash.
  • Tyler Posey as Father Miguel: A new priest at Camila's church
  • Brad Hall as Charlie: A mysterious person whose company originally funded Jacob's research, and whom Jacob suspects of killing him.
  • Nicholas Gonzalez as Tomas: A bartender.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [3]
1"The Crash"Hisko HulsingKate Purdy and Raphael Bob-WaksbergSeptember 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
Alma is crying and distressed in her car, when she runs a red light and gets into a near fatal accident. In the past, Alma reflects on the ennui of her life. Her sister announces she is engaged, and Alma begins to question her own relationship and whether or not she is destined to be happy. She chooses to break up with her boyfriend, and gets into a fight with her sister over the engagement after she plays a role in her sister cheating on her fiance with a bartender. The fight is shown to be the reason that Alma was crying earlier in the episode, however the audience is shown that just before the crash Alma had a vision of her father, who has been dead for over 20 years.
2"The Hospital"Hisko HulsingKate Purdy and Raphael Bob-WaksbergSeptember 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
3"Handheld Blackjack"Hisko HulsingKate Purdy and Raphael Bob-WaksbergSeptember 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
4"Moving the Keys"Hisko HulsingKate Purdy and Raphael Bob-WaksbergSeptember 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
5"Alone in This (You Have Me)"Hisko HulsingKate PurdySeptember 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
6"Prayers and Visions"Hisko HulsingLauren OteroSeptember 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
7"The Wedding"Hisko HulsingJoanna CaloSeptember 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
8"That Halloween Night"Hisko HulsingElijah AronSeptember 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
Alma takes herself and Jacob back in time to the night of the lab break-in which is revealed to have been done by Camila after she learned that Jacob was experimenting on Alma. Farnaz then planned to reveal the truth to Camila and the head of their department which would've ruined Jacob's life. After a failed attempt by Jacob to get Alma to change her own past, she finally learns that Jacob had not been murdered but had purposefully driven himself and Farnaz off a cliff. Jacob decides to possess his past-self in an effort to change the past and promises to meet Alma at a pyramid in Mexico when the timelines realign. In the present, Sam and Camila attempt to convince Alma that she is schizophrenic as was her father. Alma breaks up with Sam, travels to Mexico, and spends the night at the pyramid waiting for Jacob. She is joined by Becca whose marriage to Reed has fallen apart. By morning, Jacob has failed to appear, causing Alma to doubt herself. After Becca leaves and the sun rises over the pyramid, Alma is shocked by something she sees.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On March 6, 2018, it was announced that Amazon had given the production a straight-to-series order for one season. The series was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, who also serve as executive producers alongside Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, and Tommy Pallotta. Hisko Hulsing oversaw the production design and directed a team of animators working in the Netherlands. Undone's animation is created through a combination of live action motion capture and rotoscoping.[4][5][6][7] Production companies involved with the series include The Tornante Company and animation companies Submarine and Minnow Mountain.[2][8][9][10][11] The first trailer was released in June 2019.[12][13] On November 21, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season alongside Purdy signed an exclusive deal with Amazon.[1]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series announcement, it was announced that Rosa Salazar had been cast in the series' lead role of Alma.[2][14][15][16]

Critical reception[edit]

Undone received critical acclaim. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 98% of 53 critic ratings are positive for the series, with an average rating of 8.12/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A kaleidoscopic existential crisis, Undone bends the rules of space, time, and rotoscoping to weave a beautifully surreal tapestry that is at once fantastical and utterly relatable."[17] Metacritic calculated a weighted average score of 86 out of 100, based on 17 reviews, citing "universal acclaim".[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kanter, Jake (November 21, 2019). "Amazon Renews Animation Series 'Undone', Inks Overall Deal With Co-Creator Kate Purdy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (March 6, 2018). "Amazon Orders First Adult Animated Series 'Undone' From 'BoJack Horseman' Team; Rosa Salazar Leads Voice Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Undone – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Hardawar, Devindra (September 14, 2019). "Amazon's 'Undone' takes rotoscope animation to new heights". Engadget. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "How the World of 'Undone' Came to Life Through Rotoscope". IndieWire. September 9, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Nguyen Scaife, Steven (September 23, 2019). "Undone follows a rich tradition of deliberate rotoscope animation". Polygon. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Hofferman, Jon (October 25, 2019). "The Groundbreaking Performance Capture Rotoscoping of 'Undone'". Animation World Network. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Holloway, Daniel (March 6, 2018). "Amazon Orders Animated Series 'Undone'". Variety. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 6, 2018). "Amazon Orders Animated Comedy Series From 'BoJack Horseman' Creator". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Fingas, Jon (March 6, 2018). "Amazon taps 'BoJack Horseman' duo for new animated series". Engadget. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Idelson, Karen (September 13, 2019). "How Animated Series 'Undone' Used a Mix of Techniques to Tell the Mind-Bending Tale". Variety. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  12. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (June 7, 2019). "Undone: 'Genre-Bending' Series From BoJack EPs Features Bob Odenkirk and Rosa Salazar — Watch Teaser". TVLine. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  13. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (June 7, 2019). "Amazon's "Undone" Is A Time-Bending Animated Series From BoJack Horseman's Creator". Polygon. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  14. ^ Patterson, Adreon (March 6, 2018). "Amazon Green-lights Its First Animated Series, Undone, From BoJack Horseman Creators". Paste. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  15. ^ Nakamura, Reid (March 6, 2018). "Amazon Orders First Animated Comedy Series From 'Bojack Horseman' Duo". TheWrap. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  16. ^ Alexander, Julia (March 6, 2018). "BoJack Horseman creator lands new animated series at Amazon". Polygon. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  17. ^ "Undone: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  18. ^ "Undone: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved January 7, 2020.

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