Stephen Colbert Says His Cartoon Sarah Huckabee Sanders ‘Sounds Just as Happy as She Looks’

TCA 2018: “Our Cartoon President” executive producers talk about the necessity of larger-than-life voices in animation

Last Updated: January 15, 2018 @ 1:50 PM

Stephen Colbert is about to make even more of a mockery of President Donald Trump than he already has with his new animated series “Our Cartoon President.” But he’s also going to take shots at those in his administration, including White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Colbert will be giving just as much attention to key members of Trump’s administration as he does to the POTUS himself, the “Late Show” host said at the Showtime cartoon’s Television Critics Association panel on Saturday. And Colbert added that, just like in real life, his version of Sanders doesn’t look thrilled to be where she is.

When it was mentioned that the character’s voice in the trailer couldn’t be heard but that she looked “formidable” from the illustration, Colbert responded, “Yes, and she sounds just as happy as she looks.”

“The thing about animation is the voice is so important,” showrunner R.J. Fried said. “You know, it really needs to be bigger than it would be necessarily on a live-action show.” Fried noted they’ve also had a lot of fun with the voices for characters like Ben Carson and Ted Cruz — who they say is so good he is one of the “highlights” of the show.

The 10-episode animated series “follows the true-ish misadventures of the 45th President of the United States and his merry band of advisors and family members,” per the premium-TV channel’s official description.

“Our Cartoon President” is executive produced by Colbert, Fried and Chris Licht. Tim Luecke is lead animator and co-executive producer. Matt Lappin will serve as consulting producer.

The show is produced by CBS Television Studios.

See just how formidable Sanders’ character looks in the “Our Cartoon President” trailer below.

“Our Cartoon President” debuts Sunday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. on Showtime, though Episode 1 will be watchable online and on-demand starting Sunday, Jan. 28 — ahead of real Trump’s State of the Union address.