In the modern era of the entertainment industry, animated series and films have become equally as important as their live-action counterparts. Whether they are produced for children or adults, animated projects have proven to be as valuable as anything else Hollywood produces as fans flock to them with fervent enthusiasm. This has increasingly become the case in recent years as technology has advanced and Hollywood’s ability to produce these projects increases exponentially, allowing fans to enjoy iconic series such as The Simpsons, Family Guy and countless others. MTV is now revisiting one of their most critically acclaimed animated series Daria for a new spin-off project which will instead focus on the life of the titular character’s best friend in Jodie.
Daria first premiered on MTV in 1997 and was also a spinoff of one of the most iconic animated series of all time, Beavis and Butthead. The series was intended to be a humorous depiction of suburbia in the 1990’s, with Daria Morgendoffer acting as a narrator of the absurdities inherent in suburban life. Jodie will instead tell the story of Daria’s best friend Jodie Langdon as she graduates college and enters the adult world working for a tech company, introducing a whole new generation of fans to the iconic character and franchise. MTV first announced plans for Jodie in 2019 and originally intended for it to be an animated series but have since changed their minds, electing to bring Jodie Langdon to the big screen and enlisting the help of Tracee Ellis Ross to voice the film’s titular character. No release date for Jodie has been announced yet but eager fans can continue to check back as more news regarding the budding project becomes available in the near future.
Daria is one of many iconic animated series that emerged in the 1990’s and still resonates with audiences today. The series’ willingness to poke fun at middle-class America struck a chord with audiences that has allowed it to live on well beyond that though and now sees it set to make a reemergence in 2022 with Jodie. It should be interesting to see what MTV has up their sleeve for the project, but when we can expect to see Jodie for ourselves currently remains a mystery.