Stop. Motion. Animation. Crazytown. Watch “Timms Valley,” the “failed” pilot from IFC

Sure, everyone who loves comedy is talking today about the bold new miniseries farce, The Spoils of Babylon, which debuts tonight on IFC.

But if you think that’s bold, then you should have, would have and could have seen something even crazier from the cable network.

Like the 1980s  soap operas that also inspired The Spoils of Babylon meets Team America: World Police crazier.

That is, if IFC had picked up the stop-motion animated pilot, Timms Valley, to series.

Alas, alack, IFC dropped the ball and crashed the plane on Timms Valley. The half-hour pilot, ordered last year, has surfaced online now. With a top-flight cast of baby dolls — as voiced by (in alphabetical order) Hank Azaria, Maria Bamford, Elizabeth Banks, Giancarlo Esposito, Kathryn Hahn, Nick Kroll, John Lithgow, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott and Seann William Scott!

Written and directed by Steven Conrad — whose screenplay resume includes current film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, past project The Pursuit of Happyness and the future John Belushi biopic — Timms Valley takes us inside a Wisconsin town of the same name. Lithgow voices the founder and CEO of Timms Industrial Piping, and when he’s feared dead in a plane crash (along with his steward, voiced by Nanjiani) on the eve of his company’s IPO, everyone in town is in a tizzy. Among the other voices, Banks plays the CEO’s most recent wife, Esposito plays the company’s wise general counsel, and Hahn is a company executive who lifts everyone’s spirits with her, er, we mean his voice. The pilot sets us up for some interesting scenarios, and I even know what that word means! Maybe someone crazy enough to want to see how it all plays out will make that happen.

So strap some money to your junk, toss yourself a fresh salad and prepare to have a series reverse cowgirl its way into your hearts and minds.

Only a fool wouldn’t want to see that. I pity those fools.

Roll the clip? F-yeah!

Timms Valley was created by Steven Conrad, Jeff Dieter and Tom Glynn.

Sean L. McCarthy

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