The third episode of the sixth and final season of Lucifer, available on Netflix, features a hilarious animated sequence. How did this scene take shape?
Be careful, spoilers. It is advisable to have seen Lucifer season 6 before continuing to read this article.
In six seasons, Lucifer has tried his hand at musicals or black and white style several times. The final season, available since September 10 on Netflix, allowed showrunners to explore a new playground: animation!
The third episode of season 6 of Lucifer, entitled “Plans d’enfer” indeed contains an explosive animated sequence in which Morningstar (Tom Ellis) and Chloe (Lauren German) find themselves in a delicate situation. The couple are stuck in a hellish loop and will become cartoonish cartoon characters.
In this episode, Lucifer, who struggles to take responsibility as God, wants to go back to his origins and find the series’ first incarcerated killer, record producer Jimmy Barnes. But the latter died in a mental asylum and Lucifer and Chloe visit him in hell.
Except Jimmy is confused and stuck in a cartoon loop, like the cartoons he watched as a kid after being abandoned by his own mother. If the background of the plot is sad, the execution in animation plays on the comic aspect of the situation.
In an interview with Collider, coshowrunner Joe Henderson revealed that the pandemic made this dream possible: “I just didn’t think I would make it, because it’s a real business. But with the pandemic, we were looking to decrease our on-set presence. And so this problem turned into an opportunity and I am. am delighted because I have secretly dreamed of doing it for years. “
From the Harley Quinn Series Animators
It was producer Jennifer Coyle and the Harley Quinn series animators who worked on the animated sequence in Lucifer Season 6 Episode 3. The team therefore made an infidelity to an iconic DC Comics character for another major protagonist of the same house.
Joe Henderson told Collider that discussions with Harley Quinn’s team about the inspirations for this animated sequence were about “a Hanna-Barbera style, then they also worked a bunch of Looney Tunes influences”. The coshowrunner explains that they gave them leads and the team did the rest.
The surprising but incredible and hilarious result remains consistent as coshowrunneuse Ildy Modrovich points out: “The style matched the story of this kid who grew up watching cartoons to tie it to some kind of stability.”
In an interview for TV Line, Tom Ellis, who recorded with Lauren German in adjacent sound booths, returned behind the scenes of this animated sequence, in particular the face of Lucifer where his chin looks like a buttock with a long dimple in the middle:
“I remember having a long discussion with Joe Henderson about how my chin could get butt. The goal was to compete with Desperate Dan. [un personnage de dessin animé britannique populaire, ndlr]”
For her part, Lauren German explained that she had to work on her dubbing voice: “I remember them saying to me, – in the nicest way ever -, ‘Lauren can you be a little more cartoonish?’ I realized I had a voice that was bit monotonous. So I really! Tried! To keep! The energy! In every sentence! (laughs) I had to put some strain on my voice for the animated part. “