Watch: Trailer for Black Dynamite’s Police Brutality Musical
Black Dynamite series creator Carl Jones told us to expect more controversy this season, and the forthcoming musical special on police brutality will not stray from that promise.
Set to broadcast on Adult Swim this Saturday, January 10th, the hour-long episode titled “The Wizard of Watts” will follow Black Dynamite “as he attempts to take a vacation, when the police start patrolling the streets, and a riot breaks out. Black Dynamite is then hit in the head with a brick, which causes him to hallucinate, taking him into the ‘Magical Land of Oz-Watts,’ where he is called on to defend the community, against the police.”
“I take pride in tackling things with my gloves off, but animation takes such a long time to produce that you usually don’t end up being all that current,” Carl Jones recently told the New York Times.
He continued: “I think there is a racial temperature in this country that has reached a boiling point, and the more we as artists can shine a light and make people talk about it, the better off we are going to all be.”
“The primary villain in the Magical Land of Oz-Watts, where the story takes place, is a vicious pig clad in riot gear. Water does not neutralize this Oz villain; instead this baddie gets melted with a camcorder. “Oh, no! Not an irrefutable visual record of my illegal actions!” the anthropomorphized pig wails as he turns to mush at the musical’s climax […] The musical special begins with the pimp hero, Black Dynamite, taking a rare day off. But without his muscle on display in the neighborhood, police start beating residents, who respond with violence. (The thrashings, one character says excitedly, “make me feel like burning down my own community!”) Black Dynamite investigates, gets hit with a brick and floats off to Oz-Watts. There, the pigs terrorize a community of Rodney Munchkings. Trying to get home, Black Dynamite sets off not on the yellow brick road but on a trash-strewn Malcolm X Boulevard. Cue the drug-addicted winged monkeys, a Tin Woman looking for male genitalia and a chicken-and-waffles musical number.”
Erykah Badu, Tyler, The Creator, Tim Blake Nelson and J.B. Smoove will guest star. Tune in on Saturday, January 10, at 10:30 PM on Adult Swim.