He’s David S. Pumpkins! And he’s coming back to NBC—this time, in animated form.
Tom Hanks’s pumpkin-tuxedoed character was a highlight of Saturday Night Live’s 42nd season, and an inexplicable sensation last Halloween after his “Haunted Elevator” sketch from October 22 went viral. Hanks even reprised the role once more before the season ended. But this year, it looks like NBC has a different idea in store: an animated special all about David S. Pumpkins will debut October 28.
It’s hard to say what, precisely, made David S. Pumpkins such a success. Perhaps it’s simply the magic of America’s dad, Tom Hanks—or maybe it’s those cheerful skeletons that stand by his side. Or maybe it’s just a matter of ineffable alchemy; at a time when the national mood was almost comically bleak, Hanks’s character was a bright light of silliness and cheer. Plus, you know, that voice was pretty funny.
Tom Hanks will voice the character in the special as well, and will appear in person at the beginning of it. Peter Dinklage will join him as a voice actor, as will sketch creators Mikey Day, Bobby Moynihan, and Streeter Seidell. The half-hour program, titled The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special, will air at 11:30 P.M.
“It’s scary how quickly the original S.N.L. sketch caught on, and we’re thrilled that Tom Hanks is back to keep the fun going,” said George Cheeks, NBC president of business operations and late-night programming, in a statement. As for the plot? Well, it probably won’t matter much, but here’s what we know so far:
Set in a small suburban town on All Hallows’ Eve, the special centers
on David Pumpkins and his skeleton sidekicks who show a young boy and
his sister the true meaning of Halloween, answering none of their
questions along the way.
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