HBO Max has picked up Young Love, a 2D-animated series created by Matthew A. Cherry, based on the characters from Cherry and Sony Pictures Animation’s Oscar-winning short film, Hair Love. Hair Love is based on Cherry’s best-selling book of the same name and followed the journey of an African American man and his daughter as they attempt to tie her hair.
The 12-episode animated season on the streaming platform will expand on the world of the Young family, established in the award-winning short – including millennial parents Stephen and Angela, their daughter Zuri and her pet cat Rocky – as they juggle careers, marriage, parenthood, social issues, and multi-generational dynamics while building a better life for themselves.
Blue Key Entertainment’s Monica A. Young, producer of Hair Love, will executive produce along with Lion Forge Animation’s David Steward II and Carl Reed. Creator Cherry and long-time animation creative Carl Jones (The Boondocks, Black Dynamite) are set to serve as showrunners for the series.
Speaking of the series, Cherry said the following:
“I am beyond excited to continue telling the story of Stephen, Angela and Zuri and further explore the family dynamics of a young Black millennial family we established in our short film Hair Love as an animated series. Couldn’t ask for better partners in Sony Pictures Animation and HBO Max in helping us get Young Love out to the world.”
Sony Pictures Animation executive VP of creative and Hair Love producer Karen Rupert Toliver called it a “privilege” to continue working with Cherry. Billy Wee, Senior VP, Original Animation for HBO Max added the following:
“Hair Love struck a chord that is still resonating deeply with audiences of all ages. Matthew and Sony Animation’s creative voices are a welcomed addition to the HBO Max family and we can’t wait to bring this joyous story to the world.”
Are you excited for Young Love? What are you hoping to see in the series as it fleshes out the Young family’s story? Comment below!