The computer-animated comedy, Extinct, is now streaming on Netflix worldwide, and subscribers are very curious whether the stars of the show, Flummels, are real animals or not.
Directed by David Silverman and Raymond S. Persi, Extinct tells the story of two Flummels siblings, Op and Ed, who must navigate a whole new world when they travel to today’s Shanghai from 1835 .
With a star-studded cast on board to express the animals, and a story to walk through from a handful of Simpsons writers, we dig into whether these creatures really existed once upon a time.
What are the Flummels?
Extinct describes these adorable creatures as a type of mammal that has been extinct since 1835.
With a cat-like appearance, Flummels also have a hole in their core, making them look like furry donuts.
Therefore, their spines are shaped like a ring and it is assumed that their organs are also dotted around the ring shape.
Despite their bizarre anatomy, Flummels are bipedal, which allows them to walk in an upright position.
Are they real animals?
Sadly, the species from that movie known as Flummels never existed and never went extinct.
Even though the Flummels are completely fictional, Extinct features other species that existed on Earth, including Dottie the Dodo, Hoss the Triceratops, Alma the Meridiongulate, and Burnie the Tasmanian Tiger.
Director Silverman told First News about the difficulties of creating an entirely new species: “The first designs were this kind of squirrel-like creature, with the hole looking like handles. Not a great look. Finally, we managed to really embrace the round circle and design from there. And it did the trick. And they look like … Flummels.
Who voices the Flummels?
The main Flummels of Extinct, Op and Ed are voiced by Rachel Bloom and Adam DeVine.
Op wears cream and brown fur, while Ed wears gray fur.
Other actors who make up the cast of Extinct include:
- Zazie Beetz as Dottie
- Ken Jeong as Clarance
- Benedict Wong as Dr Chung
- Jim Jefferies as Burnie
- Catherine O’Hara as Alma
- Reggie Watts as Hoss
- Nick Frost as Captain Fitzroy
- Tom Hollander as Charles Darwin
- Henry Winkler as Jepson
- Alex Borstein as Mali
- Richard Kind as Wally
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