This past Saturday on Fox, Axe Cop fought a little boy who was possessed by the soul of an evil coconut-eating rabbit. In previous episodes Axe Cop teleported using a baby with a horn on his head, called on a pack of dinosaurs to eat the brains of a giant bad guy from inside his own skull, and fought zombies led by Hitler. “Axe Cop” is not the typical animated FOX show. Unlike “The Simpsons” that employs writers from Ivy League schools or “Family Guy” that relies on a predictable systematic pop culture mention every 10 seconds; “Axe Cop” is a bizarre fantasy from the mind of a 5 year old. The comic book, which the show is based on, was created when 29 year old artist/writer Ethan Nicolle was playing with his 5 year old brother Malachai. Malachai was pretending to be a police officer but also wanted to use his fireman axe; so he came up with the character Axe Cop. He then handed a flute to his older brother and told him that he could be his side kick, Flute Cop. As the two played, Ethan became fascinated with the bizarre and unintentionally humorous world his little brother had created. Ethan drew a comic based on the play time and posted it on his Facebook page expecting only friends and family to look at it. The page got thousands of hits and with it came deals from Dark Horse Comics and Fox’s ADHD animation studio.
Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) is FOX’s experimental animation studio that produces programming aimed at 20 to 30 year olds for both the web (FoxADHD.com) and a late night programming block which airs on Saturdays. It’s run by former Adult Swim head Nick Weidenfeld. Axe Cop was the first project of ADHD. The episodes are mostly based on the comics with heavy input from both Ethan Nicolle and Malachai Nicolle. As the comics are adapted for television, the writers will often have questions about how to make sense of the story so they will call Malachai Nicolle (now 8) at school and ask him questions about the story and characters. Each time they call Malachai at school they give him a video game gift card to make up for the intrusion. As crazy and unbelievable as this writing system sounds, it’s apparently working well. Each episode of “Axe Cop” has had over a million viewers and Fox has just doubled their order from 6 to 12 episodes. This past Saturday’s episode was the mid season finale. The remaining 6 episodes are likely to air in January when ADHD debuts the new series Golan the Insatiable and Lucas Bros. Moving Co. All previously aired episodes of Axe Cop are available for viewing at FoxADHD.com.