NYU Tisch Alum unveils teaser for “Loli” animated series
Creators Itai and Tal Lev just shared the trailer for their Loud animated series with AWN, Loli, currently in development. The Toxic Man Sent features an animated sex doll, Lola, fleeing from her beard-necked creator, Zayden, in a satire of capitalist dystopia. The show’s weird premise is made a little weirder by the pair behind the project: Itai Lev, a 23-year-old NYU Tisch alumnus, and his 17-year-old sister, Tal, an aspiring game designer.
“Loli started out as a stupid joke between my sister and me, ”Itai says. “It was the peak of the pandemic, and I just wanted to make my sister laugh. “I told Itai that was the dumbest idea I had ever heard,” Tal adds. “Then he wrote a rough draft anyway, and it was kind of funny. I don’t really write, but it’s something I want to watch, so I got involved.
The dark and irreverent series follows Lola, a robotic Hanime girl, as she travels across the country, wreaking havoc and avoiding the capture of her creator, Zayden. Along the way, she clashes with eight evil CEOs who want Lola for themselves.
In the pilot, Lola wants to become the it-girl of a college run by the gun company Revere. She succeeds, but suffers the literal fire of society, leaving Zayden to pick up the pieces as she runs away.
“You can think of Lola and Zayden’s cat-and-mouse dynamic as a traveling circus, settling along our dystopian map of the United States,” Itai says, “We come in, run the storyline for 11 minutes of jokes with our personification of toxic the males (Zayden) and the impossible standard to which they hold the woman (Lola), and walk away. The possibilities are seemingly endless.
“Lola is a sex object with agency,” notes Tal. “The whole world is against her, but she always gets what she wants.
Visually, Lolithe world looks like a Blade runner, with realistic human figures. Lola, however, is drawn in an anime style, bumping into the world and the people around her like an anime. Roger rabbit.
” When I say [older people] about it, they don’t really understand, ”says Tal. “They don’t know about memes, or Only Fans, or Genshin Impact.”
Noting that Loli is current to what people her age experience, and that the idea may seem foreign, even frightening, to older people, Itai admits. “Misogyny and corporate greed are not fun topics, but with Loli, we managed to approach them in a really fun way.
Tal, who turned out to be transgender while working on the project, adds. “The characters are sexist, but the show isn’t. Zayden and Lola are bad people who always escape and learn nothing, which seems to be the role model in real life. [Loli] let us laugh at what scares us. Clever and this is stupid.
Brother and sister sent Lolithe pilot script for the Nickelodeon stock exchange in 2020; although they didn’t win, they received overwhelmingly positive feedback, enough that the Levs put together a team of other hungry young artists through Itai’s Tisch network and freelance sites. After a year of work, they put together a pitch deck and a promotion to help sell the series.
While 2021 has seen the success of many new adult animation programs, the Levs are confident Loli will stand out for its elevated concept, female protagonist and internet-influenced humor. “Loli made us laugh in a time when things couldn’t have been scarier, ”Itai says. “I just want to share this.” More frankly, Tal shares, “Everyone under 30 will want to watch this. There has never been anything like it.
Contact the creators for more information on the series.