Chicago gets animated in Hair Love spinoff Young Love

Max has unveiled the first trailer for Young Love, an animated series spinoff of Academy Award Winner and native Chicagoan, Matthew A. Cherry‘s Oscar-winning short film, Hair Love.

The 12-episode series, produced in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation, explores the lives of Stephen Love (voiced by Scott Mescudi, Kid Cudi), Angela Young (voiced by Issa Rae), and their daughter Zuri Young Love (voiced by Brooke Monroe Conaway) as they navigate the complexities of their professional and personal lives in Chicago.

Angela, a natural hair vlogger, returns to her career as a stylist after undergoing cancer treatment, while Stephen grapples with the demands of a competitive music production industry. The series humorously and introspectively explores the challenges and joys surrounding marriage, social issues, and multi-generational dynamics within this tight-knit family.

The trailer offers glimpses of the family’s interactions and Angela’s poignant question about her legacy, to which Stephen humorously responds, “Can we have one existential crisis at a time, please?” The series combines heartfelt moments with humor as it addresses the ups and downs of parenthood and life as Black millennials. Watch the trailer below:

Cherry, creator of Hair Love and executive producer of Young Love, expressed that the TV series was an expansion of the original concept that the team had considered since their Kickstarter campaign days.

The series is part of Max’s expanding animation slate, catering to a diverse audience. Cherry emphasized that while the series is inclusive of children, it is not exclusively a kids’ show. The creators aimed to appeal to both fans of the original book and short film and adult audiences by crafting a story that balances heartwarming moments with comedy. Take a look at some other images courtesy of Max:

In addition to the main cast, Young Love boasts a notable supporting voice cast, including Loretta Devine, Harry Lennix, Tamar Braxton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Debra Wilson, and more. Cherry serves as executive producer alongside Monica A. Young, Karen Rupert Toliver, Carl Jones, David Steward II, and Carl Reed, with Karen Malach as a producer.

Young Love will premiere with four episodes on September 21, followed by weekly releases of four new episodes until the season finale on October 5. We hope Chicago supports one of their own and tunes into Young Love.


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