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Horror Puppets Promise Disturbing Fun Once 'Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared' Starts TV Run

ES Staff  |  Indie TV Ticker

Since its announcement, there has been even less information concerning its release than there was for the first six episodes. Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling's puppet-based horror online series has a lot going on right now, and it's only going to get better when the web series moves to the television screen.

Despite the fact that the puppets in Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared seem similar to the huggable ones on Sesame Street and the Muppets, the messages they convey are quite different. As a result of the series' unusual and unsettling tone, it quickly gained a devoted following on YouTube. There were songs, unsettling pictures, and plenty of societal satire in each twisted episode.

For some time, it was unclear if the series would continue after the release of Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared 6. Sloan and Pelling were at a loss for what to do with their work now that the web series had concluded and the characters had achieved some kind of happiness. However, on the Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared YouTube channel, the show's creators revealed in 2018 that a linear TV series was in the works. Everything that has been revealed about the show since then has provided a vivid picture of what fans might expect. This is what we know so far.

Where Did Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared Come From?

Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling, together with their buddies at This Is It, created the original bizarre horror short during their free time and on a shoestring budget while attending Kingston University. Many sponsors approached Sloan and Pelling after their viral success with Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared, but they declined most of them because they wanted to "keep it relatively unusual." However, Channel 4 opted to bring the puppets to television after the initial Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared shorts were finished.

The original cast of Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared is coming back.

Animation and puppetry are used to bring Red Guy, Yellow Guy, and Duck to life in Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared's cartoonish world. With Blink Industries and Conan O'Brien's Conaco teaming up to produce a major film, many of those who worked on previous shorts will be returning. A few new parts have been created for the TV show, but the primary characters Baker Terry, Joseph Pelling, and Becky Sloan will reprise their old roles.

Satirical and spooky, Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared is both fun and terrifying.

It will remain true to its satirical beginnings even as it makes societal statements that are more pertinent today. During the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, a pilot for Red Guy, Yellow Guy, and Duck provided an early look at what's to come. When Clayhill's mayor mysteriously vanishes, the village concludes that there was a plan at work. Fearing that strangers will break into their homes, Clayhill is on the verge of panicking. Amidst the confusion, Duck and Red Guy are trying to figure out who will be in charge. Musical numbers, scary sequences, and a playful tone all return in these new stories from Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared.

When Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared Should Come Out In The U.S.

More than two million people have been eagerly awaiting the premiere date of Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared since it was first announced in 2018. On Father's Day 2022, it was revealed that the show would air on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom in September 2022 (via YouTube). It has yet to be released in the United States, but a streaming provider is almost guaranteed to pick up the film as soon as it's a hit in the United Kingdom. There isn't much else to say about the teaser, but it does give fans something to look forward to in the near future.