Aaron McGruder, the creator of The Boondocks, has taken to Facebook to talk about the possibility of the series returning as a video game.
“A few months ago I started playing with the idea of video games – something I always wanted to do but never made the time for,” said McGruder in a surprising post regarding the future of The Boondocks. “It’s a medium that feels right for our violently turbulent times, and right for The Boondocks. I have no idea what the App Store will let us get away with. It’s uncharted territory, and good to do something completely new with the characters. It won’t be for every fan of the show or the comic strip, but it’s equally as sincere, and still a bizarre political satire that is largely about race and inappropriate for children.”
McGruder made it clear that this is not an official announcement of the show returning, and he didn’t specify what kind of game he is working on. Instead, he just wants to share the “labor of love” that he and his team are engaged in and to let fans know that there is more information about the future of The Boondocks – and this potential gaming project – “coming soon.”
McGruder also stated that “easy satire seemed self-evident” following the events of the United States presidential election and that he now feels like we’re all trapped inside of a cartoon. As such, that seems to have made it somewhat challenging to advance a cartoon parody of our world such as what The Boondocks once was.
For those unfamiliar, The Boondocks began as a comic strip that told the story of a grandfather and his two grandsons who move from Chicago to the Maryland suburbs. The strip covered a variety of real-life issues as well as the conflict of cultures that arise when a black family who grew up in the city try to learn the ways of the suburbs. It was praised for its intelligent writing, clever takes on many social topics, and for its diverse cast of creative characters.
However, it wasn’t until The Boondocks was turned into a television show on Cartoon Network that the series became a bonafide cultural phenomenon. The clever writing of the comics remained, but the show benefited from a fascinating anime and manga-inspired animation style that lent it an immediately appealing look. The show ran for four seasons, but McGruder was not involved in the creative process of show’s fourth and final season.