Originally posted 7/24/21
SDCC 2021 continues to bestow blessings upon us! On Saturday, the cast and crew of Apple TV Plus’s animated musical comedy Central Park graced us with a sunny and sweet panel. Co-creator/executive producer Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers) moderated a lively discussion that included co-creator, executive producer and the voice of Birdie, Josh Gad; producers Kelvin Yu and Steven Davis, Tituss Burgess (Cole Tillerman) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Owen Tillerman).
Now, the Central Park panel debuted two new clips that we haven’t seen yet in Season Two. One featured Molly (voiced by Emmy Raver-Lampman) getting her period for the first time. Naturally, her family is immensely supportive. The second clip showcased a song called “Groovin’,” with Bitsy (voiced by Stanley Tucci) and Helen (voiced by Daveed Diggs). It’s a delightful bit wherein our favorite dynamic duo is more than a little stoned.
There are incredible songwriters and composers putting their talents on display in Season Two of Central Park. The long list includes Regina Spektor, Rafael Casal, Rufus Wainwright, Wyclef Jean, Sara Bareilles, Danny Elfman and so many more.
Gad briefly expanded on what inspired him to create the show. He revealed that he wanted to celebrate musicals on TV in a way he’s never seen before. There’s no other series that depicts the musical format through an animated lens. It’s truly one of a kind.
It wouldn’t be an SDCC panel without fan questions. One fan asked Gad if he improvised any of Birdie’s dialogue. He answered that Yu and Davis always knock it out of the park (Get it?). “Kelvin and Steven have given me lines that don’t require much improv.”
Next, Burgess revealed that “Weirdos Make Great Superheroes” is his favorite song from the show. Another fan inquired whether there were any songs that didn’t make the final cut of an episode. Only one: Bouchard’s tune. However, they managed to squeeze it in for the end credits. The panelists praised the songwriters for their high success rate.
Odom Jr. gushed about his favorite TV musical episode. It’s on Family Guy! The next fan asked if any of the cast and crew have been to Central Park in real life. Gad disclosed that he goes there quite frequently to unwind. It’s the “great equalizer.”
Lastly, another fan inquired if the show’s songs were created first or the story. Davis and Yu agreed that both elements are equally important when fleshing out an episode.
Quote of the day:
TITUSS BURGESS: I’ve always wanted Leslie to be my daddy.
You can watch the full SDCC 2021 panel for Central Park below! It’s at least three whole hoots, folks.