How TV Animation Survived Mid-Pandemic: Zoom, Puppeteers and Voice Actors in Closets

“There was maybe a week of everybody being like, well, this is f—ing crazy,” “Star Trek: Lower Decks” creator Mike McMahan tells TheWrap

Animation has been a rare pillar of stability during the most chaotic time for Hollywood in a century, churning out new episodes while the rest of the industry figures out how to keep COVID-19 out of its sets.

But it faced some daunting challenges to resume production in the midst of a pandemic that nobody knows long it will last. “All the solutions we came up with at the very beginning of all of it — this was like in March — we were like, every solution we come up with needs to be a solution that could potentially last for years,” Mike McMahan, creator of CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” told TheWrap. “I didn’t want any three-month or two-week solutions.”

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Tim Baysinger

Tim Baysinger

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